Faculty Profile: Dr. Travis Lewis
Title: Assistant Professor & EdD Program Coordinator
Department: Department of Educational Leadership
Hometown: Pamlico County, North Carolina
Colleges attended and degrees:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Coaching
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Master of Education in Counselor Education
East Carolina University – Master of School Administration
East Carolina University – Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Years working at ECU: 10 years
What do you love about ECU?
As a native of Eastern North Carolina, I have seen firsthand the tremendous impact ECU has on the lives of the wonderful people of this region. The university’s faculty and staff are earnest in their dedication to our Servire motto and to making Eastern North Carolina and the entire state a better place to live for all of its residents.
What are your research interests?
My research interests include improving school leadership to support teacher retention, applying social & emotional learning strategies and techniques in K-12 and higher education, mitigating the effects of trauma on school-aged children, implementing behavioral threat management and assessment processes to support student safety in K-12 and higher education, and effective utilization of student services in K-12 school.
What is your favorite course that you have taught or currently teach?
While I sincerely enjoy all of the courses I teach, I would have to say that our introductory Methods of Inquiry course, LEED 8410, within our EdD program is my favorite. This is one of the first courses our newly admitted doctoral students take within our program, providing me with an opportunity to get to know them and guide them as they ideate potential dissertation topics, while also helping them address any early feelings of imposter syndrome that may hinder their progress towards their dream of achieving their terminal degree.
What drew you to LEED and, in particular, educational leadership and administration?
The faculty within the LEED department are innovative, student-centered educators who live by the Servire motto each and every day. Their positive influence on the quality of the leadership guiding North Carolina’s K-12 schools, colleges, and universities through their instruction and research is something that I am immensely honored to be a part of and to contribute to. Additionally, the LEED department consistently admits within our MSA, DLI, EdS, and EdD some of the most dedicated and inspiring current and future education leaders whose energy and ideas reinvigorate me daily and from whom I learn so much.
Outside of work, what are your favorite hobbies or interests?
Outside of work, my favorite pastime is spending quality time – whether that’s traveling, cooking, attending sporting events, or playing a board game – with my wife, our two sons, and our dog.