Paula S. Montgomery

Headshot photo of Paula Montgomery.
  • Leadership
  • Interim Dean, College of Education & Human Development


Paula S. Montgomery is the Interim Dean for the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

She works with the university administration, college faculty, staff and students to promote a collaborative educational environment for the development of a myriad of careers.

Dr. Montgomery is a professor emeritus and has served in a number of educational capacities, including but not limited to the following: secondary social studies teacher, middle school guidance counselor, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, adjunct faculty member, assistant professor, associate professor, associate dean, and full professor.


Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Research, August 1997
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Educational Administration (+30), K-12,  June 1996
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Master of Education, Guidance and Counseling, May 1991
University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies Secondary Education, December 1984  
University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

Student Research/Collaboration

Dr. Montgomery's research interests are in:

  • School Culture
  • Cultural Relevance
  • Code Switching
  • Collaborative Impacts
  • Women in Educational Leadership 
  • Women in Leadership
  • Impact of New Normal Thought
  • Electronic Aggression


  • Bellar, D., Roberts, N., & Montgomery, P. (2016). Faculty Input in Evaluation for a College with Many Disciplines, New Prairie Press, Kansas State University Libraries. Retrieved from
  • 2016 Fall 2015 Trio Grant (Emphasis: First Generation Education Majors) Co-Principal Investigator of grant designed to enhance the number of first generation collegestudents in the College of Education.Award Granted: $1.2 million dollars over a 5 year period
  • Montgomery, P. (2009). First-year Seminar Training Series. Requested by the UL Lafayette SACS QEP Committee, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.
  • Gonsoulin, W., Montgomery, P., & Ward, R. (2007). Middle school students’ perception of science and scientists: Has the perception changed over the decades? How does that perception differ by race? Journal of the Research Association of Minority Professors, 9(1), 20-33.
  • Growe, R. & Montgomery, P. (2003). Educational equity in America: Is education the great equalizer? The Professional Educator, 25(2), 23-29
  • Montgomery, P. & Growe, R. (2003). Visionary leaders by design. Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, Retrieved from

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016: Dr. Frank T. Hawkins Distinguished Scholar Award (RAMP) Research Association of MinorityProfessors
  • 2013 - 2016: Kathy Authement Prouet/BORSF Professorship in Edu I
  • 2010: Spring Outstanding Alumni Award 2010 College of Education Annual Spring AwardsCelebration
  • 2009: Spring Lifetime Achievement Award College of Education Alumni Chapter
  • 2005: Spring Outstanding African-American Leader~ New Iberia Community
  • 2003: Fall Portrait Unveiled at Hopkins Elementary, New Iberia, LA (Former Principal)
  • 1998: Spring Who’s Who Among American Educators