Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Wallace, Morris
DATE OF INTERVIEW: June 26 and July 18, 1973
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 50 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Morris Wallace, chairman of the Texas Tech Department of Education from 1955 to 1968, discusses his early life and education, his career prior to coming to Tech, his educational philosophy, committees on which he has served, and progress made in the Education Department since 1955.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Biographical information given
Education summarized
Discusses early teaching career
Also coached football
Explains operation of schools in the early 1940s
Cost-quality relationship in education cited
Problem of poor school districts and rich school
districts discussed
Lists court cases
Purpose of education explained
Aptitude tests are a tool of the educator
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Problems involved in using tax funds to finance school districts explained
Stresses importance of vocational education
Recommendations of the committee on education appointed by the Texas Legislature
Believes Governor Dolph Briscoe is misinformed on
Elimination of small school districts justified
Notes objectives of school bussing
Taught at University of Mississippi and Oklahoma State University
Characteristics of the schools contrasted
Came to Texas Tech (1955)
Circumstances and reasons for coming to Tech
Lists changes in the Education Department made
during his 13 years as head
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Certification of college instructors justified
Brown v Topeka Board of Education court case discussed
Recalls J. Evetts Haley and Institute of Americanism
Firing of three professors by Tech Board of Directors condemned
Tenure policy discussed
Cites progress made by Department of Education during his chairmanship
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Dr. Per Stensland’s adult education program discussed
Discussion of tenure policy
Lola Beth Green’s case noted
Has served on several tenure committees
Service in the Committee on Faculty
Leave and development recalled
Worked as chairman of the Education Department
Notes purposes of the interdisciplinary program
Accreditation of the department cited
Emphasis on academics in training teachers discussed
Department organized as a separate college of the
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Work as Chairman of Education discussed further
Organization as a separate college (continued)
Emphasizes that Tech is not a regional technical
Favored the name "Texas State University"
Dr. Gordon Lee chosen as successor
RANGE DATES: 1940s-1973
BULK DATES: 1955-1973