- Associate Teaching Professor
Glennda McKeithan is an Associate Teaching Professor and program associate for the KU ASD MSE and Graduate Certificate programs. Dr. McKeithan has 20+ years of experience working with students with high functioning autism in both general and special education settings. Dr. McKeithan is familiar with the characteristics of children with autism and has experience with assessments, social-behavioral interventions, and curriculum development strategies. She has extensive background in teacher support via faculty advisor, education consultant, teacher mentor, coordinating teacher, educational leadership, and college supervision. Dr. McKeithan earned a BA in English as well as a MEd in Special Education and PhD, in Curriculum & Instruction from North Carolina State University. Her research interests include meeting the needs of students with high functioning Autism in general education settings, the practical application of evidence-based interventions, high-leverage practices and developing effective online instruction.
Selected Publications —
Mockovciak, A. M., McKeithan, G. K., Johnson, X. T., Griswold, D. G., & Rivera, M. O. (2023). Special education teacher attrition. International Journal of Education and Training Studies, 11(3), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.19080/GJIDD.2023.11.555811
Rivera, M. O., & McKeithan, G. K. (2022). Progress Monitoring of Language Acquisition and Academic Content for English Learners. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 37(3). 216-25. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1111/ldrp.12290
Sabornie, E. J., McKeithan, G. K., & Pearson. J. N. (2022). Classroom Management of Learners with autism. In E. J. Sabornie & K. Connolly (Eds.), Handbook of classroom management (3rd ed.). 517-533. Routledge. ISBN 9781032224367
McKeithan, G. K., Rivera, M. O., Mann, L. E., & Mann, L. B. (2021). Strategies to enhance student engagement in online settings. International Journal of Education and Training Studies, 9(4), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.11114/jets.v9i4.5135
McKeithan, G. K., Rivera, M. O., & Robinson, G. (2021). High-leverage instructional practices for students with autism and mild disabilities in traditional and remote learning settings. Global Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 7(3), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.19080/GJIDD.2021.07.555719
McKeithan, G. K., Cullinan, D.A., Pennington, M., & Conroy, D. S. (2020). Obstacles to the success of regular classroom teachers serving students with high-functioning autism. International Journal of Education and Training Studies, 8(11), 22-32. https://doi.org/10.11114/jets.v8i11.5039
McKeithan, G. K., & Sabornie, E. J. (2020). Social-behavioral interventions for secondary-level students with high-functioning autism in public school settings: A meta-analysis. Focus on Autism and Other Disabilities, 35(3), 165-175. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088357619890312
Mendoza, A., L., McKeithan, G. K., & Griswold, D. E. (2019). Effective home-school programming for students with autism spectrum disorder. Home School Researcher Perspectives, 34(3), 1-5. https://www.nheri.org/effective-homeschool-programming-for-students-with-autism-spectrum-disorder/
Rivera, M. O., & McKeithan, G. K. (2019). High-leverage social-emotional and behavioral practices for students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Educational Review, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2019.1632800
Mckeithan, G. K., & Sabornie, E. J. (2019). Interventions for secondary students with high functioning autism in General Education Settings: A Descriptive Review. Exceptionality, 27(2) 81-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/09362835.2017.1359607
McKeithan, G. K. (2017). Controversial therapies for autism and intellectual disabilities: Fad, fashion, and science in professional practice. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 63(3) 83-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2016.1273630
Selected Presentations —
McKeithan, G. K., Johnson, X. T. (2023, July 15). Using chatGPT to support critical thinking and engage exceptional learners on a deeper level. [2nd Exceptional Learner Summit]. North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children, Wake Forest NC, United States.
Taufiq, N. & McKeithan, G. K. (2023, February 17). Hurdles in autism diagnosis. [36th Annual Conference ]. North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children, Raleigh NC, United States.
Crumpler, C. & McKeithan, G. K. (2023, February 17). Strategies that work and matter for all learners: From English learners to the academically gifted. [36th Annual Conference ]. North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children, Raleigh NC, United States.
Parker, D. R., & McKeithan, G. K. (2023, February 17). Supporting parents of young children with autism. [36th Annual Conference ]. North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children, Raleigh NC, United States.
McKeithan, G. K., & Griswold, D. (2022, October 15). Social cognition and academic achievement for learners with HFA. [Fall Special and Gifted Education Summit]. The Association for the Gifted in North Carolina Fall Conference, Online NC, United States.
McKeithan, G. K., & Johnson, X. (2022, October 15). Gifted learners with autism: Meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students. [Fall Special and Gifted Education Summit]. The Association for the Gifted in North Carolina Fall Conference, Online NC, United States.
Awards & Honors —
- 2023-24 North Carolina Division of Autism & Developmental Disabilities (DADD) * Distinguished Service Award
- 2021-22 North Carolina Division for Early Childhood (DEC) * Distinguished Service Award
- 2018-20 North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Executive Board Member Executive Board Service Award (Secretary & Webmaster)
- 2016-17 North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children President’s Award