Craig Follins

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Craig (CT) Thomas Follins' formal training is in Educational Administration (Community College Leadership) where he has served in various roles over his 35+ year career. A U.S Army veteran, Dr. Follins worked in city (Superintendent), state, county and federal government (Supervisor, Manager) across the country prior to his career in education. He has served as faculty, director, vice president, executive vice president and as president of two colleges. He has taught online, hybrid and F2F classes at public and for-profit institutions. At Walden University since 2010, he serves as senior contributing faculty teaching various Master's and Doctoral courses. Dr. Follins has served on numerous doctoral student dissertation committees. Dr. Follins was moderator/emcee for seven years on Walden's popular Monthly Intellectual Sessions.

Dr. Follins' current research interests focus primarily on leadership and organizational strategy, as well as strategic planning, workforce and economic development. He has presented at numerous conferences including the League for Innovation in the Community College and The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Dr. Follins has published numerous articles, wrote a regular newspaper column focused on workforce development, as well as publishing 3 books. In 2007, he received an award from The Victoria College (Texas) for his Service to Higher Education and Economic Development. In 2011, he received the Faculty Leadership Award from the University of Phoenix, College of Social Sciences, Houston Campus. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award in recognition of his national contributions to American Community Colleges from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Education. In 2014 and 2015, he received the local Chapter Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. Dr. Follins is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2010. He is also a member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab Class of 2015.

Dr. Follins' social change/community service activities include service as a volunteer at both the Houston, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Volunteer, Military Veteran Peer Network-Conroe, Texas, Volunteer, University of Texas @ Austin Annual (Houston)Texas Exes Scholarship Committee, Volunteer Mentor for the University of Houston Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the Bauer Business School and Volunteer/Member Montgomery County, Texas NAACP6304.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8118 - Innovation and Change in Education

EDAD 7002 - Foundations

EDAD 7200/8140 - Leadership for Today's Schools

EDAD 7900 - Leadership Capstone

EDAD 7900-1 - Capstone

EDAD 8145 - Research in Practice

EDAD 8144 - Leadership Trends

EDAD 8143 - Leading Learning Committees

EDUC 6261 - Managing Resources-Finances

EDUC 7311 - Education Orgs and Context

EDUC 8112 - Social Change in Education

EDUC 8114 - Learning and Instruction

EDUC 8115 - Assessment and Accountability

EDUC 8116 - Leadership in a Global Society

EDSD 7051 - Research in Practice

EDSD 7101 - Data Driven Instruction and Assessment

EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus

EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive

EDDD 8052 - Curriculum Design and Social Change

EDUC 6263 - Best Practices for Student Success

EDUC 6960 - Capstone Masters Project

EDDD 8106 - Program Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

EDDD 8050 - A Systems Perspective

EDUC 6176 - Facilitating Collaboration and Group

EDUC 6275 - Improving Adult Learning

EDUC 6759 - Assessing for Learning

EDPD 8054 - Curr, Instruc& Assessment

EDDD 8102 - Promote Success Diverse Learners

EDPD 8055 - Research Design & Strategic Planning

EDPD 8052 - Eval Curriculum Promote Social Change

EDUC 6274 - Dev Effective Teaching Practices

EDUC 6755 - Principles of Marketing and Enrollment Mgmt.

EDUC 6752 - Leading Change in Student Support

EDUC 6751 - Creating Support For Learning Environment

EDDD 8051 - Data Driven Instruction and Assessment

EDUC 6177 - Using Technology to Enhance Adult Learning

EDSD 7050 - A Systems Perspective

EDUC 6264 - Program Planning and Assessment

EDUC 6760 - Facilitating Learning Online


PhD, University of Texas

MA, Texas Southern University

BA, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Certificate Executive Management/Leadership Series Training , City of Houston

Post-master's Certificate, Harris County Texas

Post-master's Certificate, Future President's Institute University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Post-master's Certificate, Staub Wholehearted Leadership Training

Post-master's Certificate, Leadership Cleveland

Post-master's Certificate, Leadership North San Antonio

Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Network Consortium

Public Service

Greater San Antonio Food Bank, Board of Directors - San Antonio

University of Houston Business School, Volunteer - Houston

University of Texas @ Austin Texas Exes, Volunteer - Houston

Veterans Affairs Houston/Las Vegas, Volunteer - Houston

Awards / Honors

Distinguished Graduate Award, The University of Texas College of Education, 2012


Follins, C. T. (2015). Book.

Follins, C. T. (2019). The He Goes: When Frankie Crocker "Owned" New York Radio. N/A

Follins, C. T. (2022). The Learner's Creed.


Follins, C. T. (2015). From GED to PHD.