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Wednesday, December 2 • 8:20am - 12:20pm
TASH Doctoral Students & Beginning Special Education Faculty Workshop FULL

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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, Jacki Anderson
  • 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 & External Funding
    Mary Morningstar, Bethany McKissick
  • 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

    Service & 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. 

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

    Promotion & 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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Andrea Ruppar

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Virginia Walker

Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

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Martin Agran

University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is a 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 at Utah State University and the University of Northern Iowa (where he also served as department head), respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois... Read More →

Stacy K Dymond

Professor | Department of Special Education | University of Illinois
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Mary E. Morningstar

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, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition practitioners. Dr. Morningstar also is the Program Director for the Low Incidence teacher education program which trains teachers of students with significant... Read More →
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner (Ph.D., University of Florida) is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, and Child Development and Principal Investigator on a Personnel Preparation Project involving distance delivery technologies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Co-Principal Investigator on a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Project to teach students with moderate/severe intellectual disability... Read More →
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Donald Taylor

Manager, Membership, TASH
I am a member of the TASH staff. Mostly I'm going to be occupied running the conference. When I get to attend conference sessions, it will primarily be pertaining to my staff work on membership and chapters. Otherwise I will be staffing the TASH table. If you need help with anything, just ask and I will do what I can. If you want to know about membership or chapters, come by the table (next to registration) and ask.

Wednesday December 2, 2015 8:20am - 12:20pm
Willamette & Columbia 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

Attendees (25)

Waitlist (5)