Emeritus Faculty

Gary Clark
Professor Emeritus, Special Education
1122 W. Campus Rd., Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm

Gary M. Clark is professor emeritus in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His professional career interests in adolescents with disabilities are threaded throughout his career beginning with his work as a teacher, school guidance counselor, and vocational... more

Donald Deshler
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education
785-864-4780
518 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Don Deshler is the Emeritus Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and served as the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at KU. Professor Emeritus Deshler continues to serve as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several national and international... more

Sandra Gautt
Professor Emerita, Special Education
1122 W. Campus Rd., Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 549

Dr. Sandra W. Gautt was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in special education and child development. Across a 30 year career in higher education, she demonstrated her... more

Earle Knowlton
Associate Professor Emeritus
542 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Earle Knowlton is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education specializing in human-computer interaction as it pertains to teacher quality and development.

Edward Meyen
Professor Emeritus
785-864-0675
3061 Dole Human Development Center

Edward Meyen is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and served as Co-Director for the e-learning Design Lab.

Nancy Peterson
Professor Emerita, Special Education

Dr. Nancy Peterson provided leadership for the Department in numerous ways. She served as Chair of the Department of Special Education, established an early childhood learning center at the KU Medical Center, lead the KU Professional Development Schools initiative, and taught in the early... more

Sally Roberts
School of Education - Education Administration , Associate Dean Emeritus
785-864-0553
Joseph R. Pearson Hall Room 214B
Sally Roberts, Ph.D., is Associate Dean Emeritus and retired Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her academic interests include individuals with significant disabilities, those with deaf-blindness, and those with hearing loss. She has done... more
Richard Simpson
Professor Emeritus
913-897-8447
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 524

Richard L. Simpson is Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he has directed numerous University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center demonstration programs for students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities and coordinated a variety of... more

Barbara Thompson
Associate Professor Emerita
785-864-4954
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 404

Barbara Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. She focuses particularly on the education of infants and young children with a particular interest in designing learning supports for children with... more

Ann Turnbull
Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita

Ann Turnbull is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita in Special Education.  She co-founded and co-directed the Beach Center on Disability. Ann’s research focuses on family support, family-professional partnerships, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities... more

Rud Turnbull
Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor Emeritus
3111H Haworth Hall

Rud Turnbull is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Special Education.  He co-founded and co-directed the Beach Center on Disability. Rud’s research interests focus on policy analysis of a range of disability-related issues that tie to our nation’s top policy agenda... more


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