H. E. Knowlton

Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Earle Knowlton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, specializing in human-computer interaction as it pertains to teacher quality and development. He is also Principal Investigator for the Social Tele-Coaching Project, a 3-year research grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, that is examining the viability and potency of remote, covert coaching of students with emotional and behavior disorders who are learning the general education curriculum in general education classrooms. He also is involved in graduate/professional training of special educators who work with students with low-incidence disabilities and behavioral issues. His efforts in this area include the study of augmented-reality simulation training's effects on the acquisition and generalization of scientifically valid teaching techniques. Dr. Knowlton has been a department faculty member for 34 years, having received an Ed.D. in special education from the University of Kentucky. He has also been a teacher in both general and special education.


Simulation Training

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D, Special Education - Learning Behavior Disorders, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1978
  • M. Ed., Special Education, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1973
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972


Research on and development of technological tools and innovations in the preparation of teachers and roles of computer and telecommunications technology in cognition and learning.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

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Special Education Events
We want you to know about these resources for graduate students! Resources for your students on the graduate school TRAC (Teaching, Research, Academics, and Career development). Graduate Studies partners with various campus units to provide professional development opportunities to graduate students in four thematic areas: Teaching, Research, Academics, and Career development. . Center for Teaching Excellence The Center for Teaching Excellence hosts the new GTA conference, tutorial, and follow-up sessions both fall and spring semesters. Additionally, CTE provides an online guide for new teaching assistants and materials and guidance for experienced teaching assistants to improve and document their teaching. Most sessions at CTE are open to graduate students. The center has also regularly provided a course for students who wish to produce a portfolio based upon their teaching. During the fall 2014 term, CTE will also host the following programs for GTAs: • Friday GTA Lunch Discussions • Graduate Student Book Club • The Global Teaching Commons: A Seminar for New International GTAs Spencer Museum of Art The Spencer Museum of Art hosts annual “University in the Art Museum” events for graduate teaching assistants. Applied English Center The Applied English Center hosts a course for international students to help prepare them to be graduate teaching assistants at KU. Research The Research Integrity unit within the Office of Research provides training and oversight for compliance in research involving humans or animals, conflict of time and interest, restricted research, export controls, and research misconduct. KU now subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) which provides online training in responsible scholarship. Courses are available to KU faculty, staff, and students free of charge in responsible conduct of research in six focus areas: biomedical, social & behavioral research, physical sciences, humanities, engineering, and administration. Additional resources of interest are available from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity. “The Lab,” an interactive movie on research integrity, is available at this link: http://ori.hhs.gov/thelab. KU Libraries The KU Libraries Center for Graduate Initiatives and Engagement offers a variety of services of interest to graduate faculty and students. These include: • A dedicated space for faculty and graduate student use in the Watson Library • Free printing for graduate students • Lockers available for graduate student check-out • Responsible scholarship training in the areas of copyright, open access, and data management • Training on research skills, data management, thesis/dissertation formatting, GIS, SPSS, Endnote, and Zotero  Hall Center for the Humanities In addition to the programming offered through the Center, the Hall Center website also provides information on Hall Center sponsored graduate fellowships, funding opportunities lists, grant development links for graduate student funding opportunities, and workshops on grant development for graduate students. Information for students is available at this link: http://www.hallcenter.ku.edu/~hallcenter/hgdo/development/students.shtml. Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis The Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis offers resources and programs for graduate students on statistics and computing, including • Weekly colloquiums • Workshops • Workgroups • Summer Methodology Institute • Online guides and resources KU Writing Center The KU Writing Center offers services to graduate students, including: • Appointments with a Graduate Writing Consultant • Online consultations • Online guides and resources • Graduate student writing groups • Graduate Student Research/Write-In events • Writing workshops More information on services for graduate students is available here: http://writing.ku.edu/ku- graduate-students. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS offers a dissertation distress/thesis torment support group for graduate students working on a dissertation or thesis. More information is available on the website here: http://caps.ku.edu/groups/. Applied English Center In addition to testing and coursework, the AEC also provides a Cross Cultural Counseling and Advising program. Counselors can work with students on matters of attendance, cultural adjustment, health, family, academics, and other matters of personal concern. For more information, contact Sandra Issa in the AEC. Grad Hacker Grad Hacker is a website written by graduate students for graduate students. The blog focuses on survival skills for graduate school and beyond. Visit: http://www.gradhacker.org Vitae Vitae is a website maintained by the Chronicle of Higher Education, “designed just for faculty and administrators” but geared toward graduate students and recently graduated persons. The site offers a dossier service for academic job applicants, job listings, news and advice articles, and social networking functions.  Career Development University Career Center The University Career Center provides a wide range of services to support career development. Students can make appointments with Career Center staff to explore options, review job search materials, and schedule mock interviews. Career Center staff will also work with faculty to bring career information and workshops to your unit. More information and additional resources are available at the website here: http://career.ku.edu/. Versatile PhD Graduate Studies maintains a subscription to VersatilePhD, a web-based resource for students interested in careers outside of academia. Students my access the subscription service by logging on through MyKU; VersatilePhD is listed under the services tab. MyIDP MyIDP is a web-based resource provided by Science Careers. It provides information and guidance to students on creating an individual development plan. More information is available here: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/. Additional Resources List Professional development books for graduate students A number of books have been written with advice for graduate students. Our favorites include: Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or PhD, Robert L. Peters Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis, Joan Bolker How to Write a Lot, Paul Silvia The Academic Job Search Handbook, Julia Miller Vick & Jennifer S. Furlong So What Are You Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers, Margaret Newhouse Graduate Studies Facebook page Graduate Studies regularly posts professional development articles on our Facebook page at: https://http://www.facebook.com/KUGradStudies.
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#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities