Professor - Early Childhood Education
Presently, I am Professor of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) where I have been employed since 1995. I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Auburn University; teacher certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, an M.A. in Special Education, and certification in Administration from UAB; and a doctoral degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alabama. Prior to my appointment to the faculty at UAB, I taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Hawaii. As a professor at UAB, I enjoy teaching graduate students representing a variety of disciplines (e.g., ECSE, physical therapy, occupational therapy) who are passionate about learning to provide team-based services to young children with special needs and their families.
I have been involved in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education for 35 years. Before becoming a higher education faculty member, I provided direct services to young children with special needs and their families in various community agencies and school settings. Also, I worked as the lead teacher for an early intervention/education program at the University of Alabama, Project RISE of the Stallings Center. In this role, I was responsible for coordinating assessment, intervention, and transdisciplinary team functions of the program, as well as supervising preservice and in-service interns representing a variety of disciplines. My experience in providing direct services to young children and their families has informed my ability to teach others, as well as my interest in various scholarly activities.
I have had the opportunity to be involved on the state, national, and international levels in service, scholarship, and personnel preparation activities. For example, I have held leadership positions, which included serving as the President of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the international Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Additionally, I have been a member of the editorial review board for leading national journals, served as the principal investigator of numerous federally funded grants, and delivered many presentations at conferences throughout the country. Finally, I have conducted ongoing research and written journal articles, chapters, and books with the major focus of my work being on recommended practices in ECSE, transdisciplinary teaming, and family-based services. Recently, I was very honored to be designated a University Professor. The criteria for this honor includes "numerous achievements and extensive recognition in the individual's chosen professional field, and academic competence to enable her to undertake cross-departmental, cross-disciplinary activities in research and teaching and community service."
On a personal note, I am married and have a daughter, two pets, and a large extended family. I enjoy spending time with my family and my many long-time friends. My favorite time of year is Christmas when we entertain my entire family and numerous friends at my home. I have a variety of personal interests as I enjoy traveling (both to the beach and large cities), cooking (I'm the member of a cooking club), entertaining, decorating, dancing, exercising, reading, and shopping. With my passion for my work and my many personal interests, I cannot imagine ever being bored!