Faculty

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

Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski chairs the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. Her work theorizing systems change for equity, inclusive education, and professional learning for urban schools is well recognized nationally and internationally. Her newest book, co-edited by... more

Subini Annamma
Assistant Professor, Special Education
785-864-4954
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 537

Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research and pedagogy focus on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly students with disabilities.... more

James Basham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 521

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

Irma Brasseur Hock
Assistant Research Professor
785-864-6479
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 740

Irma Brasseur-Hock, PhD, is an Research Associate at KUCRL. Her research interests include adolescent literary, instructional technology, coaching, and instructional sustainability. She has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and is highly regarded for her skills as a professional... more

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

Dr. Carta is Director of Early Childhood Research at 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 research focuses on developing strategies to minimize the effects of poverty... more

Greg Cheatham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 504

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

Martha Elford
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
785-864-3727
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 549

Dr. Marti Elford is the Program Designer for the online High Incidence Teacher Education Practicum program at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Elford has experience as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach.  Dr. Elford earned her Ph.D. in Special Education... more

Deb Griswold
Assistant Professor of the Practice
785-864-0701
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 531

Deborah E. Griswold, is assistant professor for practice in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She served as grant coordinator for teacher educator preparation focused on improving outcomes... more

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

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

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

Melinda Leko
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 521

Melinda Leko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education. Her research centers on high-incidence disabilities, reading instruction, and special education teacher quality. Currently she is interested in better understanding how to prepare secondary teachers to deliver high... more

Mary Morningstar
Associate Professor
785-864-0682
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 546

Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online transition professional development and resources for secondary special educators and practitioners. Her research... 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 for five years before earning a PhD in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Orosco’s research foci... more

Stephanie Parks
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate, Special Education
785-864-6843
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 523

Stephanie Parks, PhD, OTR/L
As a practitioner, Stephanie has served children and families in Part C and 619 programs as an occupational therapist and early childhood special educator for over 20 years. She has supervised graduate and undergraduate students in their student... more

Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 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) Center Associate Director Beach Center on Disability
785-864-4950
Wakarusa Research Facility, Rm. 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

Karrie Shogren
Professor/Associate Scientist
785-864-8044
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 516

Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, co-Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Associate Director of the Beach Center on Disability. Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of... more

Monica Simonsen
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
913-897-8458
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm

Dr. Monica Simonsen is the Program Designer for the Secondary Transition online graduate program at the University of Kansas. Dr. Simonsen’s primary research interests are the role of secondary school programming, transition services and family expectations/engagement on the post-school outcomes... more

Thomas Skrtic
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
785-864-0542
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 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

Sean Smith
Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 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

James Thompson
Professor, Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability, Associate Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
Joseph R. Pearson Hall Room 514

James R. Thompson, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities as a direct support professional, special educator, rehabilitation counselor, teacher educator, and researcher. He has authored or co-authored over 70 books, book chapters, monographs, and... more

Jason Travers
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 547

Jason Travers is an assistant professor in the special education department at Kansas University. Jason earned his doctorate at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a former public school special educator for learners with autism. He researches the effects of shared active surface technology on... more

Michael Wehmeyer
Ross and Mariana Beach Professor; Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; Co-Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
785-864-0723
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 518

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Mariana Beach Professor of Special Education; Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; and, Co-Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities all at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wehmeyer has directed externally... more



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2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities
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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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