Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan, EdD

Associate Professor of Education


Thomas Buchanan began teaching in Oregon public schools in 1983. He transitioned to higher education in 1997 and to George Fox University in 2009. Tom teaches foundational courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He has a passion for quality instruction and his favorite topic to teach is the application of principles of human development to teaching and learning. He also teaches action research and music pedagogy. As a cohort leader, he has guided numerous candidates to program completion and licensure.

Tom and his wife, Karen Buchanan, reside in Tualatin, Oregon. They are proud of their two children, Brad and Danielle, who are both followers of Jesus and are building successful careers of their own.


EdD, Educational Foundations and Leadership. (2011) George Fox University
Initial PreK-9 Multiple Subjects Licensure Graduate Program. (1995) Pacific University
MS, Teaching: Music (1987) Portland State University
BA, Music Education. (1982) Columbia Christian College

Buchanan’s primary research interest is the relationship between positive learner development and family & community engagement. He enjoys exploring how the knowledge held by families and communities can meaningfully impact teaching and learning in schools.

Selected Publications

Buchanan, T. & Buchanan, K. (2018). Repositioning family-community knowledge in teacher preparation.. AILACTE Journal. 14(1).

Buchanan, T. (2017). Integrating domains: My work as a Christian teacher educator. ICCTE Journal, 12(1) 

Buchanan, K., & Buchanan, T. (2017). Six steps to partner with diverse families. Principal, 96(3), 46-47. 

Buchanan, K., & Buchanan, T. (2016). Relationships with families: Have educators overlooked a critical piece of the puzzle?. Improving Schools, doi.10.1177/1365480216674622 

Buchanan, K. S., & Buchanan, T. D. (2014). A visit to The Kilns: A formative experience for two Christian teacher educators. ICCTE Journal, 9(2).