Truman Pierce Institute

Chartered in 1982 as a research and outreach unit in the College of Education, our institute 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.


  • To support progress toward meeting the educational needs of the state and region
  • To foster collaborative partnerships to improve education and educational opportunities
  • To stimulate the development and proper implementation of the knowledge base for preparing educators
  • To improve the conditions within schools and communities which influence the effectiveness of leadership, teaching, and learning

Who was Truman Pierce?

Truman M. Pierce, Ed.D., 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.

1463 Haley Center
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-4488