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Faculty & Staff - SPED

The faculty bring students a wide range of expertise in special education including instructional methods, autism, positive behavior supports, inclusion, assessment, early intervention/early childhood, transition to adulthood, and visual impairments, to name a few. Faculty are highly involved in improving special education services and instruction in Oregon and the nation through developing research-based curricula and teaching methods, setting up model classrooms and programs, and building collaborative relationships within schools and between schools and the community that improve education for students with and without disabilities. As part of the master's degree, faculty members mentor small groups of students in the use of applied research methods to explore important problems in schools.


Department Chair


Randy DePry, PhD
Office: FAB 280A

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), including work in social skills instruction, functional behavioral assessment, and systemic change models in schools.


  Susan Bert, MS 
Office: FAB 280F 
Transition, person-centered planning; self determination; partnerships with families; collaboration and consultation in secondary schools 
  Chris Borgmeier, PhD 
Office: FAB 280B 
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, School-wide Systems of Behavior Support (EBS), Behavior Management in the Classroom, Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Support Planning, working with students with challenging behavior 

Kathryn Botsford
Office: FAB 280H


Julie Esparza Brown, EdD
Office: FAB 280E

Early childhood special education and the BiSped program for bilingual/bicultural special education teachers. 
B. Lynn Coupland, MEd
Office: FAB 280J
Ms. Coupland is an instructor for Special Education. She also supervises for the English as a Second Language program. She has taught general and special education and was a principal, vice principal and director of student support services in Canada. She has previously worked in Japan as a director of English studies.
  Ruth Falco, PhD 
Office: UTS 303 
Severe disabilities, autism, early intervention/early childhood special education; Director of the Research Center on Inclusive and Effective Educational Practices (RCIEP). 

Ann Fullerton, PhD 
Office: FAB 280D 
Director of research; middle/secondary instructional methods, transition, outdoor education and recreation.
  Hollie Hix-Small, PhD 
Office: FAB 285E
EI/ECSE Program Coordinator for the Department of Special Education specializing in children with developmental delays and disabilities, development of coordinated systems, and professional development.
  Tiffany Jones, MS
Office: FAB 280L
Director of Inclusive Elementary Educator Program. Teacher education and preparation of teachers pursuing a license in special education while working on an emergency or restricted licenses. Special education of at-risk students.
  Holly Lawson, PhD 
Office: FAB 280G
Vision Program Coordinator for the Department of Special Education specializing in low vision, public policy, and transition. 
  Sheldon Loman, PhD 
Office: FAB 280K 
Inclusive education, instructional practices for individuals with significant disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and educational systems change 
Shaheen Munir-McHill, PhD
Office: FAB 280P
Coordinator of part-time and full-time special education programs with interests in development and use of formative assessment tools, early literacy support and intervention, linking assessment and intervention, and systematic implementation of multi-tiered instructional service delivery models.
Melissa Pebly
Office: FAB 280N
Supervisor co-leading the full-time special education cohort with interests in literacy for students with disabilitities, Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC). Pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership with a specialization in special education.
  Christopher Pinkney, PhD
Office: FAB 280M
The Department of Special Education welcomes Dr. Pinkney who comes to GSE from sunny California. He has an MA in special education from California State Stanislaus, but got his duck feet at the University of Oregon completing his doctorate. He will be teaching secondary special education courses.
  Amanda Sanford, PhD
Office: FAB 280C
Research interests include school-wide literacy, prevention-oriented literacy assessment and instruction, Response to Intervention, progress monitoring, and work with English-language learners. 
Samuel Sennott, PhD
Office: FAB 295
Special education assistant professor Samuel Sennott is a technology early adopter. He has written and published an app for smart phones, Proloquo2Go, that enables people without speaking ability to communicate. He has a doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University and will be working on language, literacy, and universal design. Among his assignments, he will be teaching assistive technology for the GSE.


  Teresa Loveland 
FAB 210-03 
Office manager for the Departments of Special Education and Counseling Education. 
  Kris Smith 
FAB 250-02
Admissions and graduation specialist for the Departments of Special Education and Counselor Education.