Sarah K. McMahan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Teacher Education

Sarah K. McMahan, Ph.D.

 SH 213A


Dr. McMahan is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and the Co-Director of the Texas Woman’s University New Teacher Academy. Dr. McMahan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Teacher Education as well as serves a student teacher supervisor for preservice teachers in the DFW area. Her teaching specializations include instructional strategies, learning theories, and effective classroom management practices. Dr. McMahan has 15 years of experience in education, including serving as a secondary social studies teacher before entering academia. Most recently (Fall 2017) Dr. McMahan returned to the K-12 classroom setting serving as a long-term substitute teacher during her Faculty Development Leave (Sabbatical).

Dr. McMahan’s research is focused on mentoring new teachers and developing school/university partnerships. Her honors and awards include receiving the 2014 TWU Distinction in Teaching Award, College of Professional Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award, Dr. G. Ann Uhlir Fellowship in Higher Education Award, ATE Clinical Practice Fellowship, Ted Booker Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education, and TWU Senior Class Favorite Faculty Award for several semesters. Dr. McMahan is an active member of American Educational Research Association, Association of Teacher Educators, Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and serves as the Treasurer for Delta Kappa Gamma Nu Delta Chapter.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 2007
M.Ed., School Administration, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, 2003
B.S., Secondary Education, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, 2002

Research Interests

New Teacher Induction and Mentoring; School/University Partnerships; Learning Theory; Instructional Practices; Classroom Management; Mentoring

Latest Articles

Supporting and sustaining the 21st century educator: The unintended benefit of the New Teacher Academy.
The Texas Forum on Teacher Education, 52-58. (2018)
Sarah McMahan, Rebecca Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap, Gina Anderson

Tips for new teachers: It's all about building relationships with students and their families.
ATPE News (2018)
Sarah McMahan

Outstanding teacher: Catherine Soto
PR for People: The Connector. 29. (2018)
Sarah McMahan

Fostering preservice teachers' development: Engagement in practice and learning.
Current Issues in Education (2015)
Sarah McMahan, Ruben Garza

Enhancing teacher candidate success through Experiential learning experiences.
Journal of education and Social Policy (2015)
Sarah McMahan, Peggy Malone, Rebecca R Fredrickson, Karen Dunlap

Experiential learning activities to promote higher education for At-Risk K-12 students.
International Journal of Education and Social Science (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Rebecca R Fredrickson, Sarah McMahan


Poor classroom management and the first year teacher
in Real School Issues: Case Studies for Educators | Rowan & Littlefield (2017)
Sarah McMahan

Faculty mentoring through the preservice to inservice teacher pipeline.
in Across the Domains: Examining Best Practices in Mentoring Public School Educators throughout the Professional Journal | Information Age Publishing (2017)
Sarah McMahan, Karen Dunlap, Rebecca R Fredrickson

Triumvirate of Academia
in Teachers College Press Book | Rowan & Littlefield (2017)
R R Fredrickson, S McMahan, H Hansen-Thomas

Current Projects

Dr. McMahan serves as Co-Director of the TWU New Teacher Academy (NTA) and has received external funding to support the NTA. Dr. McMahan serves as a Co-PI on a TEA Grow-Your-Own Pathway Grant.

Externally Funded Projects

Project HELP: Hispanic Educators Leading the Profession. ($500,000)
Department of Education: Title V Grant | $500,000.00 | 2019
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Grow your own program pathway grant. ($88,000)
Texas Education Agency | 2019
Role: Collaborator

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Travel Assistance. ($800.00)
Texas Woman's University | 2018
Role: Collaborator

Texas Education Agency Grow-Your-Own Grant, Pathway 3
Texas Education Agency | 2018
Role: Co-Investigator

Collaborations that support beginning teachers: New Teacher Academy.
iTeachTX | $2,000.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Grow your own program pathway grant
Texas Education Agency | $100,580.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Travel Grant
Texas Woman's University ORSP | $850.00 | 2018
Research Grant

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Travel Assistance
$800.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Travel Grant
$800.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Improving the Achievement on the TExES Principal Exam.
TWU College of Professional Education | $1,485.00 | 2016
Research Grant

New Teacher Academy: Tailored Professional Development to Support and Sustain 21st Century Teachers
Research Grant

Creating a virtual space for educational networking.
Texas Woman's University Quality Enhancement Programs; Experiential Student Scholar Program. | $4,159.88 | 2015
Research Grant

Classroom technologies to support 21st teachers. TARGET Grant.
TWU TARGET Grant | $45,780.00 | 2015
Research Grant