James Bailey

Core Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

Dr. Bailey's career has encompassed teacher, principal, school turnaround, principal consultant, and superintendent roles spanning Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. As Superintendent in Wyoming, his district was the first member in the state to join the League of Innovative Schools after reform efforts around personalized learning and social-emotional development. In San Antonio, he led the turnaround efforts for the Carpe Diem Schools. His deep-seated commitment to equity and supporting school leaders led to him training as an executive coach and co-founding Brass Tacks Innovations focused on adult SEL development, school redesign, and the use of improvement and implementation science to help all schools and learners meet the demands of our emerging society. He is also an advocate for helping leaders and young people become more self-aware of their social and emotional needs and develop the skills to work with others on a more human level. James has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation, is a prolific publisher and presenter and serves as a core faculty member at Walden University in the areas of educational leadership. He recently had two books published: The Daily SEL Leader: A Guided Journal and Building Learning Capacity in an Age of Uncertainty


PhD, University of Colorado-Denver

MA, University of Northern Colorado

BA, Kansas Wesleyan University