Special Education

Ph.D. Program Faculty By Specialization

Disability & Diversity in Education & Society

Subini Annamma
Assistant Professor
785-864-1710
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 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 of color with... more

Greg Cheatham
Associate Professor
785-864-4954
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

Elizabeth Kozleski
785-864-0545
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 521

Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski engages systems change and research on equity and justice issues in inclusive education and professional learning. Awards include the 2017 Boeing-Allan Visiting Endowed Chair at Seattle University, the University of Kansas 2016 Woman of Distinction award, the... 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

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
785-864-4954
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

Jose Martinez
Assistant Professor
785-864-4253
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 506

Jose Martinez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Martinez earned his doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Florida. Dr. Martinez’s research focuses on the identification and evaluation of early intervention... 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
785-864-0545
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 521

Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski engages systems change and research on equity and justice issues in inclusive education and professional learning. Awards include the 2017 Boeing-Allan Visiting Endowed Chair at Seattle University, the University of Kansas 2016 Woman of Distinction award, the... 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) Center Associate 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

Michael Wehmeyer
Chairperson, Department of Special Education; Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education; Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability
785-864-0723
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 518

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and Chairperson, Department of Special Education; and Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability and co-Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities within... more

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

Mary Morningstar
785-864-0682
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 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

Karrie Shogren
Professor/Senior Scientist
785-864-8044
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 539

Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, Senior Scientist in the Life Span Institute, and Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of support for students with... more

James Thompson
Professor
785-864-1428
Haworth Hall, Room 3136

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


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