Ron Malcolm

Lecturer, ASL, Special Education
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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, applied behavior analysis as well as children with autism. He has published in the areas of blindness, augmentative communication, deafness, diversity and counseling with sibling groups. He completed post-doctoral work in Positive Behavior Supports as well as Autism in 2014 from Northern Arizona University. He is currently completing the requirements for his clinical internship to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysist (BCBA). He is fluent in American Sign Language (A.S.L.) as well as Braille. Dr. Malcolm received the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Kansas in 2014. He was a finalist for the 2008 Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award for Special Education from the University of Kansas. In 2007 he was named the Principal of the Year, Citizen of the Year and the Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award – Educator of the Year. He has been a special education teacher, coordinator, counselor, assistant principal, and high school principal. He is currently employed as an Assistant Director of Special Education and does adjunct work for: Rockhurst University in their Communication Disorders Department, Kansas City, Kansas Community College in their Undergraduate Humanities Department and is a Certified Facilitator for the University of Phoenix in their Graduate Education Department.   

Educational Background

* Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.)  in English (1982) - Acadia University - Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

* Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.) in Special Education (1983) - Acadia University - Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

* Master of Education Degree (M.Ed) in Deaf Education (1984) - l`universite de Moncton - Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

* Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Counseling and Guidance (1990) - Gallaudet University - Washington, D.C.

* Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in School Administration (1991) - Fort Hays State University - Hays, Kansas

* Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (1997) - Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona

* Post Doctorate in Positive Behavior Supports (2014) - Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona

* Post Doctorate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (2014) - Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona 


* Assistant Director of Special Education - Lansing School District USD 469

* Special Graduate Faculty - University of Kansas

* Lecturer - Rockhurst University

* Adjunct Faculty - Kansas City, Kansas Community College

* Faculty - University of Phoenix

* Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist - Integrated Behavioral Technology 

Additional Information

* Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada

* Fluent in American Sign Language and Braille

* Married 30 years

* 3 children (Joel 23, Chelsea 22, and Andrew 21)

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