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Wednesday, November 30 • 8:20am - 12:20pm
TASH Doctoral Students and Beginning Special Education Faculty Workshop LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

This Wednesday session is meant for you! Come meet each other and nationally-recognized professors and researchers with successful records as college and university faculty who are willing to share their strategies with you. The groups will discuss the following topics.


8:20- 8:50 AM

Establishing a Professional Identity

Vicki Knight, Julie Thompson
Establishing a professional identity and getting through a doctoral program; negotiating to have experiences specifically related to severe disabilities & maximizing collaboration with seasoned faculty nationally; surviving when sole low incidence faculty member; begin to establish network between participants and presenters for specific tasks/activities. 

8:50- 9:50 AM

Grants and External Funding

Mary Morningstar, Pam Mims
Grantsmanship; seeking external funding for research, personnel preparation, systems change efforts, conference attendance; “Centers” versus projects; early career funding.

Teacher Preparation
Donna Lehr, Stacy Dymond
Preservice teacher preparation program development; constructing and implementing effective courses & a course sequence.

9:50 -10:50 AM

Developing and Sustaining a Research Agenda
Fred Spooner, Vicki Knight

10:50-11:50 AM

Service and Professional Development

Jacki Anderson
Interfacing of “service” & professional development activities (i.e., workshops; technical assistance) for building a community of services & support network that supports effective personnel prep. 

Susan Copeland, Marty Agran, Fred Spooner, Stacy Dymond
Publishing articles in RPSD (& other journals), chapters, & books.

11:50 AM-12:20 PM

Promotion and Tenure
Fredda Brown, Fred Spooner
Promotion and tenure issues; juggling all the required and desired tasks and activities for your professional identity (e.g., publish or perish; teaching or service in the community); packaging yourself for open faculty positions (i.e., beyond severe disabilities).

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Martin Agran

Professor, University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is an Emeritus professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments... Read More →

Susan Copeland

Professor, University of New Mexico
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Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →
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Pamela Mims

Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University
Systematic Instructional, Access to the General Education Curriculum, Alignment, ABA
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Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner is Professor of Special Education at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Spooner has researched and written about instructional strategies for students with severe disabilities since the 1980s. Recently, he has focused on alternate assessment and linking both assessment and instruction... Read More →
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Julie Thompson

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Texas A&M University
Julie L. Thompson, PhD, BCBA, is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Julie’s research examines explicit instruction procedures to teach academic skills to ethnically and linguistically diverse minimally vocal-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in public school... Read More →

Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:20am - 12:20pm CST
Midway Suites III & IV