Adjunct Faculty

Larry Finn
Lecturer, ASL, Special Education

Larry is currently the Curriculum/Assessment Coordinator at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, KS.  He received a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Masters degree in Deaf Education from the University of Kansas.  He is... more

Amy Gaumer Erickson
Associate Research Professor
785-864-0517
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 702

Dr. Amy Gaumer Erickson, an associate research professor at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, focuses on comprehensive implementation and evaluation of educational initiatives that improve in-school and post-school outcomes for students. Her works centers on the... more

Maria Compton Hernandez
Lecturer, ASL, Special Education

Maria Compton-Hernandez is currently chair person of the American Sign Language program and the Instructor for ASL Level 4. She earned her Master's Degree in Deaf Education at Western Maryland College.  She has a B.A. degree from Benedictine College in Secondary Education and English, with... more

Michael Hernandez
Lecturer, ASL, Special Education

I have a Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD. A Bachelors in Science: Social Studies from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. I earned my teaching certificate from California Poly Technic, Pomona, CA. I have been teaching at the Kansas State School for the... more

Robert Kent
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate, Special Education

J. Robert Kent, Ph.D., is adjunct researcher in the Department of Special Education and adjunct research associate in American Studies at the University of Kansas. His doctoral preparation in American Studies at KU, which included advanced study in sociology (mainly social theory), philosophy,... more

Ryan Kellems
Adjunct Faculty, Special Education

Dr. Kellems is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Kellems earned his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Kansas with a major in Special Education and Transition, and a minor in Research Methodology. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Brigham... more

Ron Malcolm
Lecturer, ASL, Special Education

Ron Malcolm, Ed.D. is a Special Graduate Faculty member in the Department of Special Education  at the University of Kansas. He received his doctorate degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. His academic interests include: deafness, blindness, dual sensory impairments,... more

Amy McCart
Research Assistant Professor
785-864-6862
Wakarusa Research Facility, Room 208
Jessica Meisenheimer
Research Project Coordinator– SWIFT Center , Adjunct Professor – Department of Special Education

Jessica Meisenheimer is currently a Research Project Coordinator for the national technical assistance center on inclusive school reform (the SWIFT Center) and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.  At the SWIFT Center, Jessica provides... more

Pattie Noonan
Associate Research Professor
785-864-0593
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Susan Palmer
Research Professor
785-864-0270
Haworth Hall, Room 3134

Susan B. Palmer, Ph.D. is Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities both within the Schiefelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence. She is also affiliated with the Department of... more

Dan Pollitt
Research Associate
785-864-1055
, Room 700
Carol Quirk
Adjunct Faculty, Special Education

Carol Quirk, Ed.D. is a member of the KU SWIFT Center’s Executive Team, Facilitator for SWIFT technical assistance in Maryland, and co-leader of the SWIFT Research and Evaluation Team.  Established at KU in 2012, the Schoolwide... more

Dawn Rowe
Adjunct Faculty, Special Education

Dr. Rowe is a Research Associate in the College of Education at the University of Oregon and an adjunct instructor for the University of Kansas. Her duties include providing technical assistance to states and local education agencies on the collection, analysis, and use of post-school outcomes... more

Tricia Strickland
Adjunct Faculty, Special Education

Tricia K. Strickland, Ph.D. received her doctorate in special education with a concentration in mathematics education from the University of Maryland. Dr.  Strickland spent 12 years teaching mathematics to middle and high school students with diverse learning needs. Prior to teaching, she... more


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