Faculty

Elizabeth Kozleski
Professor, Chair, Department of Special Education
785-864-0556
521 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski chairs the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. Her work theorizing systems change for equity, inclusive education, and professional learning for urban schools is well recognized nationally and internationally. Her newest book, co-edited by... more

James Basham
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments... more

Judith Carta
Professor; Senior Scientist
913-321-3143
Juniper Gardens

Dr. Carta is Director of Early Childhood Research at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a Senior Scientist in the Institute for Life Span Studies, and Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on developing strategies to minimize the effects of poverty... more

Greg Cheatham
Associate Professor
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401 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Gregory A. Cheatham’s scholarship focuses on the provision of effective, appropriate, and equitable services for young children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He has a particular interest in language diversity including bilingualism for families and children... more

Donald Deshler
Director, Center for Research on Learning, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
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... more

Deb Griswold
Assistant Professor of the Practice
785-864-0701
531 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Deborah E. Griswold, is assistant professor for practice in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She served as grant coordinator for teacher educator preparation focused on improving outcomes... more

Eva Horn
Professor
785-864-0615
402 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Eva M. Horn is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and an investigator for the Lifespan Institute for Developmental Disabilities (LSI). She earned her doctoral degree in Human Development with and emphasis in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Horn was a... more

Jennifer Kurth
Assistant Professor
785-864-4954
541 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Jennifer Kurth is Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her academic interests include methods implementing inclusive education, including methods of embedding critical instruction within the context and routines of general education as well as methods of... more

Kathleen Lane
785-864-9630
542 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Kathleen Lynne Lane is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lane served as a classroom teacher of general and special... more

Melinda Leko
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Melinda Leko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education. Her research centers on high-incidence disabilities, reading instruction, and special education teacher quality. Currently she is interested in better understanding how to prepare secondary teachers to deliver high... more

Edward Meyen
Professor
785-864-4954
3061 Dole Human Development Center

Edward Meyen is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and the Co-director for the e-learning Design Lab. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa in Education. Dr. Meyen has directed federally funded projects totaling in excess of 24... more

Mary Morningstar
Associate Professor
546 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online transition professional development and resources for secondary special educators and practitioners. Her research... more

Sally Roberts
Associate Professor, Associate Dean
785-864-3726
214B Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Sally Roberts, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs at the University of Kansas. Her academic interests include individuals with significant disabilities, those with deaf-blindness, and those with... more

Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor
785-864-4954
544 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Suzanne Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and the Area Coordinator for High Incidence Special Education teacher education. Dr. Robinson earned her doctoral degree with a major in Special Education and a minor in Cognitive... more

Wayne Sailor
Professor, Director Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) CenterAssociate Director Beach
785-864-4950
3142 Haworth Hall

Dr. Wayne Sailor’s academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform at the elementary and middle school levels. He has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI). Much of this research has been... more

Karrie Shogren
Associate Professor/Associate Scientist
785-864-8044
539 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education. Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of support for students with disabilities and she has a specific interest in the multiple, nested contextual factors that impact student... more

Richard Simpson
Professor
913-897-8447
522 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

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

Thomas Skrtic
Professor
785-864-0542
525 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Thomas M. Skrtic, Ph.D., is professor of education in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His academic interests are classical pragmatism, institutional theory, and democratic social reform, which inform several of his published works, including Behind Special... more

Sean Smith
Associate Professor
785-864-0693
538 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Sean J. Smith holds the rank of Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Smith has a background in the area of special education and technology, specifically towards the integration of technology across teacher preparation programs. He has authored and presented... more

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

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

Jason Travers
Assistant Professor
547 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Jason Travers is an assistant professor in the special education department at Kansas University. Jason earned his doctorate at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a former public school special educator for learners with autism. He researches the effects of shared active surface technology on... more

Ann Turnbull
Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability Senior Scientist, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Stu, Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor
785-864-7608
3111H Haworth Hall

Dr. Ann Turnbull has been a professor, teacher, researcher, and advocate for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers for 4 decades. She is currently the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Co-director of the Beach Center on... more

Michael Wehmeyer
Professor, Department of Special Education; Executive Director, Kansas University Center on Develo
785-864-0723
537 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Brief Biography:

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is Professor of Special Education; Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; and Senior Scientist and Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability, all at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wehmeyer has directed externally funded... more


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#1 public program in nation for special education
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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