Truman Pierce Institute

Chartered in 1982 as a research and outreach unit in Auburn's College of Education, the Truman Pierce Institute, or TPI, is devoted to the study and improvement of teaching, learning, and leadership. Our work focuses on ways to improve schools and communities by creating partnerships, conducting research, and providing programs to meet the needs of schools and communities.

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Jason Bryant
Associate Clinical Professor
Michelle Denney
Administrator III, Academic Programs
Erika Rucker
Administrator III, Academic Programs

Who was Truman Pierce?

Dr. Truman M. Pierce was an educational visionary who served as Dean of Auburn University’s College of Education for two decades and made regional and national contributions to educational arenas. He understood the need for an infrastructure to sustain educational reform that responded to the needs of students and society, and he worked tirelessly and selflessly toward that end.

The Professional Educator

The Professional Educator is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Truman Pierce Institute. 

It focuses on educational issues in the Southeastern U.S., and has three sections:

  1. Instructional Leadership

  2. Critical Studies in Education

  3. Book Reviews

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Last updated: 12/18/2023