Undergraduate Teacher Education

Stanley Samspon Ed.D.

Part-time Lecturer
Dr. Sampson smiling in a white shirt against a neutral background.

Office Location

8 Bailey Hall, Gorham


(207) 632-3158

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of New England
  • Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership, University of Southern Maine
  • M.S.Ed., Professional Education, University of Southern Maine
  • Secondary Social Studies Certification Program, University of New England
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Southern Maine


Dr. Sampson is a Lecturer and ETEP Cohort Coordinator in the Teacher Education Department. He has a passion for education, both for himself and others. He is a strong advocate for life-long learning and has worked in education for well over 20 years. He taught high school social studies for 17 years with courses in history, geography and culture, sociology, as well as outdoor education in an alternative education program. He also spent time as a high school assistant principal. More recently, Dr. Sampson worked as an environmental educator at Maine Audubon, working with children of all ages. In addition to coordinating and supervising teaching interns, he also teaches courses in the Teacher Education Department. Dr. Sampson recently completed a doctoral dissertation in educational leadership with a focus on transformative leadership in nature-based education.

As a teaching intern supervisor, Dr. Sampson has supervised interns at all grade levels, which includes evaluating interns’ skills and abilities based on university standards, coaching interns on choosing and meeting goals, and working with mentor teachers to ensure that interns are progressing in the classroom.

As an Assistant Principal, he maintained student information systems, evaluated and supervised teachers, implemented and maintained a proficiency-based education system, coordinated and facilitated multiple committees and workshops, coordinated and implemented standardized testing, and supervised multi-disciplinary teams and various academic departments.

As a high school social studies teacher, he held various teaching and curriculum writing assignments, designed and implemented proficiency-based curricula and assessments, was a professional learning group facilitator, new teacher certification mentor, teaching intern mentor teacher, member of a continuous improvement team, and an accreditation steering committee member.

Dr. Sampson has lived in Maine his entire life and enjoys making the most of all that the state has to offer. He enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors. He lives in Portland with his wonderful wife, and has two grown children, one in Portland and one in Chicago.

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational Leadership
  • Social Studies Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teacher Education

Research Interests

  • Transformative Leadership
  • Nature-Based Education
  • Teaching pedagogy