John Sargent, Ed.D.
Professor, School of Education
Dr. John Sargent serves the ETBU learning community as a Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education. His areas of expertise include Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education & Reading Disabilities, and the implementation of technology of instructional purposes. Dr. Sargent cites his love for teaching as the catalyst for his pursuit of a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and his continued involvement in the field of education. In addition to his service at ETBU, Dr. Sargent is an ordained permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, currently serving at St. Joseph’s Parish located in Marshall, Texas where he resides with his wife, Kathleen. Dr. & Mrs. Sargent have four daughters and six wonderful grandchildren.
Dr. Sargent earned a B.A. in Psychology in his home state from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) and served his country for 20 years as a navigator on B-1 and B-52 aircraft. Dr. Sargent’s military service took him around the United States, and he also completed several tours of duty in Europe and the Pacific regions. While serving in the USAF, Sargent earned a MS in Management Science from Binghamton University in New York. His retirement from the military in 1994 brought yet another opportunity for change when he then decided to pursue a career in public school teaching. Professor Sargent taught Reading, English, and Math in both Texas and Louisiana public school systems for a total of nine years before he earned his Ed.D. in May 2003 from Louisiana Tech University.
When asked what brought him to East Texas Baptist University, Dr. Sargent recalls that he was seeking a place where his faith could be nourished and he was able to find that opportunity in the Christian atmosphere found within this small, private university. Being an ETBU faculty member also allows Dr. Sargent to pursue his vocation as an education professor, allowing him to train future teachers in one of what he calls the greatest professions – teaching. Professor Sargent believes that teaching is a profession “where one learns the best by doing and by being actively engaged in the learning process.” In order to be successful in his class, Dr. Sargent believes that a student must not only come to class prepared by having done the readings assigned prior to the class and complete the assigned projects, they must also be ready to examine their Christian faith in the relation to the teaching and its impact on the field of education.
B.A. – University of Massachusetts
M.S. – Binghimton University
Ed.D. – Louisiana Tech University
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Mid South Education Research Association
Louisiana Education Research Association
Texas Higher Education Collaborative in Reading
National Association of Special Education Teachers
Sargent, J. (2009). Voices from the classroom: Performing case study action
research. Create Space.
Sargent, J. & Olney, R. (2006). A case study of vocabulary instruction for high school students. International Community of Christians in Higher Education Journal, 1(2), Retrieved from http://www.icctejournal.org/ICCTEJournal/vol1issue2/
Sargent, J. (2005). Voices form the classroom: Qualitative action research in Texas
schools. In L.Hui (Ed.), Connecting World Views Proceedings of Sino - US
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Sargent, J. & Kimbell-Lopez, K. (2003/2004). A Case Study of Reading Education for
Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities. Louisiana Education Research Journal, 29(1), 21-35.
Slaybaugh, J., Evans, C., Byrd. R.,& Sargent, J. (2003). New teachers mentoring and
Retention: A view over time. Louisiana Education Research Journal, 28(2), 51-
Slaybaugh, J., Evans, C., Byrd. R.,& Sargent, J. (2002). New teachers: Profiles in
Commitment. Louisiana Education Research Journal, 27(1), 77-83.