Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
JAMES G. UMSTATTD
James G. Umstattd, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction, died on January 31, 1988. He was 91.
Professor Umstattd was born on February 26, 1896, in Paris, Missouri. He received a bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri University in 1918, a master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1924, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1930.
Dr. Umstattd taught in public school and served as superintendent of schools in Missouri and West Virginia. He also taught at the University of Minnesota and Wayne State University. Professor Umstattd joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1938, where he was a recognized leader in the field of secondary education. He served as chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 1939 until 1959.
Dr. Umstattd wrote approximately 70 articles and numerous books, including Instructional Procedures at the College Level: An Analysis of Teaching at Biarritz American University (1947) and College Teaching: Background, Theory, Practice (1964). He also served as the editor of the Texas Journal of Secondary Education.
Professor Umstattd founded the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He served as president of the National Society of College Teachers of Education in (1950-1951).
In 1946, Professor Umstattd was awarded a honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux for teaching American servicemen.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 16, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.