Special Education

Ph.D. Program Faculty By Specialization

Disability & Diversity in Education & Society

Early Childhood Unified

Judith Carta
Professor; Senior Scientist
913-321-3143
Juniper Gardens

Dr. Carta is Interim Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a Senior Scientist in the Institute for Life Span Studies, and Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her science focuses on developing strategies to minimize the effects of poverty on children’s... more

Greg Cheatham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 401

Gregory A. Cheatham’s scholarship focuses on the provision of effective, appropriate, and equitable services for young children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He has a particular interest in language diversity including bilingualism for families and children... more

Eva Horn
Professor, Coordinator of Early Childhood Unified Program
785-864-0615
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 502

Eva M. Horn is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and an investigator for the Lifespan Institute for Developmental Disabilities (LSI). She earned her doctoral degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Horn was a classroom... more

Evidence-based Practices: Supporting Students with Intensive Interventions Needs in Tiered Systems

James Basham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments... more

Kathleen Lane
785-864-9630
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 542

Kathleen Lynne Lane is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lane served as a classroom teacher of general and special... more

Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 544

Suzanne Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and the Area Coordinator for High Incidence Special Education teacher education. Dr. Robinson earned her doctoral degree with a major in Special Education and a minor in Cognitive... more

Jason Travers
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 547

Jason Travers is an associate professor and behavior analyst in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he coordinates the autism programs. Jason earned his doctorate at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a former public school special educator for learners with... more

Instructional Design, Technology & Innovation

James Basham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments... more

Michael Orosco
Associate Professor
785-864-2736
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 539

Michael J. Orosco is an associate professor in education specializing in bilingual special education at the University of Kansas. He was a bilingual special education teacher in Colorado for five years before earning a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.... more

Sean Smith
Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 538

Sean J. Smith holds the rank of Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Smith has a background in the area of special education and technology, specifically towards the integration of technology across teacher preparation programs. He has authored and presented a number... more

Jason Travers
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 547

Jason Travers is an associate professor and behavior analyst in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he coordinates the autism programs. Jason earned his doctorate at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a former public school special educator for learners with... more

Special Education Policy & Systems Studies

Elizabeth Kozleski
Professor, Professor, Department of Special Education
785-864-0556
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 521

Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski is a professor in the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. She has been working on systems transformation for equity and inclusive education for the last 25 years. Her newest book, co-edited by Kathleen King Thorius, was published in January of... more

Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 544

Suzanne Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and the Area Coordinator for High Incidence Special Education teacher education. Dr. Robinson earned her doctoral degree with a major in Special Education and a minor in Cognitive... more

Wayne Sailor
Professor, Director Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) CenterAssociate Director Beach Center on Disability
785-864-4950
Wakarusa Research Facility, Room 208

Dr. Wayne Sailor’s academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform at the elementary and middle school levels. He has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI). Much of this research has been... more

Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
785-864-0542
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 525

Thomas M. Skrtic, Ph.D., is the Willamson Family Distinguished Professor of education in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His academic interests are classical pragmatism, institutional theory, and democratic social reform, which inform several of his published... more

Strengths-Based & Inclusive Approaches to the Education of Adolescents with Extensive & Pervasive Support Needs

Jennifer Kurth
Assistant Professor
785-864-4954
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 541

Dr. Jennifer Kurth is Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her academic interests include methods implementing inclusive education, including methods of embedding critical instruction within the context and routines of general education as well as methods of... more


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