Donald D. Deshler

Director, Center for Research on Learning
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
Primary office:
785-864-4780
518 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Don Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas. Deshler serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several organizations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Governor’s Association, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Council on Families and Literacy, and the U. S. State Department. Through the Aspen Institute, he has worked with members of Congress to shape policies addressing the challenges of high school reform. Deshler was the first editor of the Learning Disability Quarterly. Among the awards he has received are the J.E. Wallace Wallin Award from CEC, the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, the Higuchi Research Achievement Award, the Distinguished Education Achievement Award from National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Educator of the Year Award from the Learning Disabilities Association, and the 2010 AERA Special Education Distinguished Researcher Award.

Selected Publications

Bradley, B., Knight, J., Harvey, S., Hock, M., Knight, D., Skrtic, T., Brassuer-Hock, I., & Deshler, D. (2013). Improving instructional coaching to support middle school teachers in the United States. In T. Plomp & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Educational design research – Part B: Introduction and illustrative cases (pp. 299-319). Enschede, the Netherlands: SLO.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Special Education, Minor: Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1974
  • M. Ed, Learning Disabilities, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1971
  • B.A., Economics, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1968

Specializations

Adolescent literacy, instructional interventions for at-risk learners, and learning strategies, school wide improvement


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Meet our New Faculty Member! We are delighted to announce that Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D. will be joining the Department of Special Education. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and Race Inequities in K-12 education at the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver. Her research and pedagogy focus on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities. Specifically, she examines the social construction of race and ability; how the two are interdependent, how they intersect with other identity markers, and how their mutually constitutive nature impacts education experiences. She centers this research in urban education settings and focuses on how student voice can identify exemplary educational practices. Dr. Annamma received her Ph.D., and MA from the University of Colorado majoring in educational equity and cultural diversity, special education and English as a second language.

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