Cynthia Mruczek

School of Education - Special Education
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Dr. Mruczek has a passion for supporting educators as they address issues of equity in schools. She has experience working in K-12 public schools as a special and general educator, as well as an instructional coach for new and veteran teachers. Her graduate studies were completed at Arizona State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She partners with schools across the country, supporting school leaders as they strive to develop inclusive school communities. Recently, she was an instructor in the Special Education department at ASU, preparing pre-service teachers to support the learning of students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Dr. Mruczek's research interests are centered on teacher learning around issues of equity in classrooms and schools. Currently, she is a Lecturer and Program Associate in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She serves as the coordinator of the Leadership in Special and Inclusive Education certificate program.


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University

M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Arizona State University

M.Ed., Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University

B.S., Psychology/Special Education, Le Moyne College

Selected Publications

Rhoden, S. Mruczek, C. Puckett, K. & Hernandez-Saca, D. I. (in press). Promoting equity and diversity in teaching through international development of teacher education. Technical Report, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Arizona State University.

Mruczek, C. (2016). Beyond the schoolhouse to systems change: Transformation through inclusive leadership. Hawks Hope Blog.

Kozleski, E. B., Gonzalez, T. Atkinson, L. Mruczek, C. & Lacy, L. (2013). Teacher education in practice: Reconciling practices and theories in the United States context. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 28(2), 156-172.

Scott, K. A., Clark, K. Sheridan, K. Hayes, E. & Mruczek, C. (2010). Engaging More Students from Underrepresented Groups In Technology: What Happens if We Don't? In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 4097-4104). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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