Beth Jones

Beth A. Jones, Ph.D.

Beth has optic nerve atrophy, a condition she inherited from her father with whom she frequently presents to parents and families of students with visual impairments.  Beth has a visual acuity of around 20/200, and both her son and daughter share the same condition.

Beth has a total of seven years of public school teaching experience, five years as the lead special education teacher for her respective campuses, and the experience of teaching both resource reading/language arts and mathematics (grades K-6).  Beth is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C).  Her research interests and service focus on visual impairments, assistive technology, and collaboration with families.Beth earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in special education, from Louisiana State University.  She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Psychology, with specializations in special education and school counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (graduated Cum Laude), with a concentration in special education, both from Texas A&M University.

FACULTY VITA

June 2019

Beth Ashby Jones, Ph.D.

School Address:

Department of Psychology and Special Education, Henderson 228

Texas A&M University-Commerce

PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Work Phone: (903) 886-5934

Email:  Beth.Jones@tamuc.edu

EDUCATION

Ph. D.              Louisiana State University, 2006

Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Special Education Dissertation Title:  The Effects of Mini-Conferencing Prior to IEP Meetings on Parental Involvement in the IEP Process

  1. Ed. Texas A&M University, 2001

Educational Psychology, Concentrations in Special Education and School Counseling

  1. S. Texas A&M University, Cum Laude, 1998

Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Special Education

 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Certified School Counselor

PK-12 Generic Special Education; 1-6 Reading, Math; Self-Contained 1-8

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Associate Professor, 2015-Present

Assistant Professor, 2009-Present; Promotion and Tenure Approved Effective September 2015

Public School Experience

Melissa Independent School District (MISD), 2006-2009

Harry McKillop Elementary (K-4), Lead Special Education Teacher, Resource E/LA and Math, 2008-2009

Extended School Year Substitute Administrator, Collin County Special Education Cooperative (CCSEC), Summer 2007

Melissa Ridge Elementary and Intermediate (K-6), Lead Special Education Teacher, Resource E/LA 2006-2008, Resource Math 2006-2007

College Station Independent School District (CSISD), 2000-2004

Oakwood Intermediate (5h-6th grades), Special Education Teacher, Resource Math; Lead Special Education Teacher 2002-2003, 2003-2004

Student Teacher Supervision, in fulfillment of SEFB 684, Internship, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Spring 2004

Graduate Assistantships

2005-2006:  Louisiana State University

Summer 2005:  Graduate Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Program Evaluation for the Learning Intensive Networking Communities for Success (LINCS) Program, Professional Development Programs for Teachers in the State of Louisiana.

Sprin 2005:  Graduate Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Positive Behavioral Supports, Responsibilities: Managed Database on Participating School Districts, Coordinated Training Sessions Statewide.

Fall 2004:  Graduate Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Teaching Assistant, EDCI 2400, Multicultural Education.

Graduate Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Instructor, EDCI 2700, Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities.

Texas A&M University

Fall 1999, 1998-1999

Graduate Assistant, America Reads Program, Department of Educational Psychology, Responsibilities: Interviewed, Hired and Trained Reading Tutors.

PUBLICATIONS (*denotes a manuscript with a student; — = tenure mark)

Manuscripts

*Atanga, C., Jones, B. A., Krueger, L. E., & Lu, S. (accepted). Teachers of students with learning disabilities:  Assistive technology knowledge, perceptions, interests, and barriers.  Journal of Special Education Technology.

Hott, B. L., Jones, B. A., Rodriguez, J. A., Brigham, F. J., *Reid, C., *Martin, A., & *Mirafuentes, M. (accepted).  Are rural students receiving FAPE? A descriptive review of IEPs for students with social, emotional, or behavioral needs. Behavior Modification. [Invited Article]

Jones, B. A., Rudinger, B., *Williams, N., & *Witcher, S. (2018). Training general educators in assistive technology competencies for students with visual impairments.  British Journal of Visual Impairment.  Advanced online publication available for download:

https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619618814066.

*Williams, N. & Jones, B. A. (2018). Assistive technology in the arts and physical education. Texas Council for Exceptional Children Summer Bulletin, 4-5.

Jones, B. A. (2018). Envisioning a bright path:  Tips for families and teachers of the visually impaired.  Visual Impairments and Deafblind Education Quarterly, 63 (1), 15-20. [Invited Article]

Jones, B. A., *Williams, N., & Rudinger, B. (2018). Designing and implementing an assistive technology lab for postsecondary education. Education Sciences, 8(1), 11; doi:10.3390/educsci8010011

Jones, B. A. & Peterson-Ahmad, M. (2017). Preparing new special education teachers to facilitate collaboration in the Individualized Education Program process through mini-conferencing, International Journal of Special Education, 32 (4), 697-707.

Jones, B. A. Wilson, A., & Manning, L (2017).  Best practices for engaging African-American males:  The success model.  Journal of the Effective Schools Project.

Williams, K. L., Jones, B. A., & Williams, S. (2016). Helping teachers discover students’ cultural needs through parent communication. Journal of the Effective School Project.

Hott, B. L., Thomas, S., Masten, W., Henry, H., Hogan, L., & Jones, B. A. (2016). Defining dyslexia in rural Northeast Texas:  Knowledge and perceptions of early childhood educators. Journal of the Effective School Project.

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Jones, B. A. Haynes-Smith, H., Maloney, L., & Gansle. K A. (2015). Applying response to intervention to identify learning disabilities in students with visual impairments. Intervention in School and Clinic, 51(1) 28-36. DOI: 10.1177/1053451215577475

Alharbi, A., Hott, B. L., Henry, H. R., & Jones, B. A. (2015). An evidenced-based analysis of self-regulated strategy development writing interventions for students with specific learning disabilities. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

Ayers, J., Krueger, L. & Jones, B. A. (2015).  Effects of Labeling and Teacher Certification Type on Recall and Conflict Resolution.  Journal of Educational Research, 00. 1-14; DOI:10.1080/00220671.2014.909767

Jones, B. A. & Hensley-Maloney, L. (2015). Meeting the needs of students with coexisting visual impairments and learning disabilities.  Intervention in School and Clinic. (50)4, 1-8; doi: 10.1177/1053451214546401. Currently published OnlineFirst.

Williams, K. L., Noell, G. H., Jones, B. A., & Gansle, K. A. (2012). Modifying students’ classroom behaviors using electronic mail. Child and Family Behavior Therapy.  34, 269-289; doi: 10.1080/07317107.2012.732844

Jones, B. A. (2012).  Fostering collaboration in inclusive settings:  The special education students at a glance approach. Intervention in School and Clinic, 47(5), 297-306; doi: 10.1177/1053451211430113

Jones, B. A., Fullwood, H. L., & *Hawthorn, M. (2012). Preventing prescription drug abuse in early adolescence: A collaborative approach. The Prevention Researcher, 19(1), 13-16.

Jones, B. A. & Williams, K. L. (2011). Perceptions of vocational training with elementary special education students: A case study. International Journal of Special Education, 26(1), 125-135.

Jones, B. A. & Gansle. K. A. (2010). The effects of a mini-conference, socioeconomic status, and parent education on perceived and actual parent participation in individual education program meetings. Research in the Schools, 17(2), 23-38.

Manuscripts with Revise and Resubmit Decision

Hott, B. L., Jones, B. A., McKenna, J., & Brigham, F. J. (revise and resubmit). From Rowley to Endrew: Are rural IEPs facilitating FAPE? Remedial and Special Education.

Manuscripts in Progress

Jones, B. A., Parker, A., Williams, N., Rudinger, B., Hott, B., & Martin, A. (in progress). An analysis of over ten years of guidance by the Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness.  Planned submission to the Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness.

Student Theses Direction

Atanga, C. (2016). Promoting assistive technology (AT) in classroom reading instruction for students with learning disabilities. Proposal May 2015; IRB approval June 2015; Final Defense December 2016.

Jackson, C. (2016). The effects of peer assisted learning strategies reading intervention on fifth and sixth grade English as a second language and English-proficient pairs. Proposal November 2015; Final Defense June 2016.

Ozuna, J. (2015). Effects of self-management and self-management goal setting interventions on student apathy. Proposal/IRB Submitted and Approved July 2014; Final Defense March 2015.

Student Dissertation/Theses Committee Membership

Doctoral Dissertations

Blackwell, K. (2019). An examination of teacher perceptions of using culturally relevant teaching and its effect on student achievement.

Manning, C. (2019). Lack of motivation in middle school readers.

Munoz, K. (2019). Motivation to Read and Reading Proficiency: Factors which predict Bilingual Reading Achievement for Elementary Hispanic Students.

Jones, C. (2018).  Students’ with blindness or visual impairments motivation to pursue a stem based program in higher education.

Keedington, H. (2013). Complement syntax, mental verbs, and theory of mind in children who are deaf.

Okoro, C. (2018). Perception of private school proprietors on identification of learning disabilities in Imo State, Nigeria.

Van Winkle, C. (2017). A multiple-baseline study of the RISC school model implemented in Maine.

Willis, T. (2016). Examining spacial effects in adolescents’ acquisition of a social emotional learning curriculum.

Master’s Theses

Alharbi, A. (2014). Effects of writing interventions for students with learning disabilities: A meta-synthesis of single case studies.

Alhazmi, T. (2014). Meta-synthesis of practitioner journals to analyze type rate and quality of published articles.

Proctor, A. (2015). Teachers recognition to barriers of education.

Puckett, E (2017).  Examining the effectiveness of using video=prompting to teach video calling to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Herriman, J. (2012). Language learning disabilities and Montessori techniques.

Anderton, M. (2011). Teachers’ self-efficacy and acceptability of evidence-based interventions for aggressive behaviors:  A comparison of three conditions.

Ayers, J.  (2011). Labeling effects on special education and general education teachers in both student attribution and conflict resolution.

Keedington, H. (2011). Effect of mental state discussion on theory of mind in students who are deaf.

Peters, D. (2011). Covert bullying:  When do teachers recognize it?

Honors College:

Hermann, C. (2013). A study of music education majors’ preparation in special education.

Langford, S. (2013). The effect of small animal tactile experience on memory recall in students with ADHD.

PRESENTATIONS (*denotes a presentation with a student)

International

Peterson-Ahmad, M. & Jones, B. A. (2019, January). Increasing pre-service teacher readiness to teach students with reading SLDs through the use of high leverage practices. Poster to be presented at the Council for Exceptional Children., Indianapolis, IN.

Peterson-Ahmad, M. & Jones, B. A. (2018, October). Lessons in literacy: Pre-service training in high leverage practices.  Poster presented at the 40th annual Council for Learning Disabilities, Portland, OR.

Jones, B. A., Hott, B., *Reid, C., & *Martin, A. (2018, October). IEP design, implementation, and progress monitoring: Current practices of rural educators. Poster presented at the 40th annual Council for Learning Disabilities, Portland, OR.

Hott, B. L., Jones, B. A., Brigham, F. J., *Martin, A., *Reid, C., & *Mirfuentes, M. (2018). From Rowley to Endrew: Are students with LD receiving FAPE? Paper presented at the 40th annual International Council for Learning Disabilities Conference, Portland, OR.

*Williams, N., Jones, B. A., Rudinger, B. (2018, April). Training general educators in assistive technology competencies for students with visual impairments.  Poster presented at the Kaleidoscope Session, Council for Exceptional Children. Tampa, FL.

**Note: This poster won first place in the mixed methods category.

Jones, B. A. & McCrary, D. (2017, October). Implementing a Community of Learning in higher education. Roundtable presented at the 39th annual Council for Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.

*Jackson, C. & Jones, B. A. (2016, October). Effects of Peer Assisted Learning Strategies reading intervention on fifth and sixth grade English as a second language and English-proficient pairs. Poster presented at the 38th annual Council for Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.

*Ozuna, J. & Jones, B. A.  (2016, April). The effects of self-management and self-management with goal setting on student apathy. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children, St. Louis, MO.

Jones, B. A. (2015, October). Perceived utility of the VI-LD RTI Checklist for identifying coexisting disabilities. Paper presented as part of a panel at the 37th Annual Council for Learning Disabilities. Las Vegas, NV.

*Atanga, C. & Jones, B. A. (2015, October). Teacher knowledge of assistive technology supporting students with learning disabilities. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Council for Learning Disabilities. Las Vegas, NV.

Brown, D., McCrary, D. & Jones, B. A. (2015, April). Exploring trust factors between head start and families of children with disabilities. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA.

Jones, B. A. & Hensley-Maloney, L. (2015, April). Student and teacher variables impacting identification and intervention of emotional disorders.  Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA.

Hott, B. & Jones, B. A. (2014, October). Defining dyslexia in rural north east Texas: Lessons learned from early childhood educators. Council for Learning Disabilities. Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, B. A., Haynes-Smith, H., Hensley-Maloney, L. & Gansle, K. A. (2014, October). Identifying learning disabilities in students with visual impairments using RTI. Council for Learning Disabilities. Philadelphia, PA.

Williams, K. L., Noell, G. H., Jones, B. A., & Gansle, K. A. (2014, April). Modifying students’ classroom behaviors using electronic daily behavior report cards. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Council for Exceptional Children. Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, B. A. & Maloney, L. (2013, October). Coexisting visual impairments and learning disabilities: Meeting students’ needs. Poster presented at the 35th annual Council for Learning Disabilities. Austin, Texas.

Jones, B. A. & Williams, K. L. (2011, April). Perceptions of vocational training with elementary special education students: A case study. Paper presented as part of a panel at the Council for Exceptional Children. National Harbor, Maryland.

National

Hayes, D., Conoyer, S., Carrero, K., & Jones, B. A. (2017, February). Getting Pre-K parents engaged using a getting to outcomes framework.   National Association of School Psychologists. San Antonio, TX.

Hensley-Maloney, L. Jones, B. A., & *Givens, T. (2014, February). Teacher recognition of student anxiety. National Association of School Psychologists. Washington, D. C.

Krueger, L. E., *Ayers, J., & Jones, B. A. (2014, February). Effects of labeling and teacher-certification type on memory and conflict resolution approach. Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

*Pickup, R. J. and Jones, B. A. (2013, November). Utilizing technology in teacher preparation programs to meet the demands of inclusion. Teacher Education Division Conference. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jones, B. A. (2012, March). Fostering collaboration in inclusive settings:  The special education students at a glance approach. National Resource Center for Paraeducators. San Antonio, Texas.

Regional

Jones, B. A., Williams, K. L. and *Barrett, T. (2010).  Improving self-concept in elementary special education students:  A vocational training model.  Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

State and Local Invited

Jones, B.A., & *Williams, N. (2019, March). An analysis of 10 years of guidance by the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.  Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. San Antonio, TX.

Jones, B.A. (February, 2019). From elementary to transition. Invited presentation to be presented to parents at the Braille Challenge at Region X Education Service Center (ESC). Richardson, TX.

Jones B.A. (October, 2018). Perspectives on assistive technology use. Invited participant on a low vision panel, TSBVI and Region 8 ESC, Mt. Pleasant, TX.

Jones, B.A. & Ashby, W. A. (2018, April). A small field that can leave a big footprint:  Envisioning a bright path. Invited keynote address for the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ft. Worth, TX.

Jones, B.A. Rudinger, B., *Williams, N. (2018, April). A decade of research: Just what do we know about evidence-based practice for students with visual impairments? Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ft. Worth, TX.

Jones, B. A. & Ashby, W. D. (2018, January). Impaired, but Empowered. White Rock Lions Club. Dallas, TX.

Jones, B. A. & Ashby, W. D. (2017, June). Being successful with a disability. TAPVI Parent’s Group. Richardson, TX.

Jones, B. A. & Ashby, W. D. (2017, May). Being successful with a disability. Texas School for the Blind. TAPVI Parent’s Group. Austin, TX.

Jones, B. A. & Ashby, W. D. (2017, April). Being successful with a disability. Wylie ISD Parents Night.

Jones, B.A. & Rudinger, B. (2017, March). Teacher preparation in assistive technology competencies. Paper presented at the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Corpus Christi, TX.

Jones, B. A. & Ashby, W. D. (2015, November). Three generations of transition.  Presentation to Region X teachers of the visually impaired.

Jones, B. A., Hott, B. L, Henry, H. R., Masten, W. G., Ozuna, J., Geer, S. & Mavridis, A. (2014, July). Defining dyslexia: Knowledge and perceptions of rural early childhood teachers. Paper presented at the Texas Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

Jones, B. A. (2013, April).  Introduction to the TEACCH method.  School Psychology Symposium. Texas A&M University-Commerce. Commerce, Texas.

*Givens, T., Maloney, L., & Jones, B. A. (2013, March). Recognition of student anxiety. Poster presented at Psi Chi Student Research Conference, Tyler, TX.

Jones, B. A. (2011).  Understanding visual impairments.  Lions Club, McKinney, Texas.

Williams, K. L., Jones, B. A., and Goh, A. (2011).  Disability basics.  Lakes Regional, Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Jones, B. A. (2010).  Utilizing the TEACCH method.  School Psychology Symposium. Texas A&M University-Commerce. Commerce, Texas.

Jones, B .A  (2005).  Hearing and visual impairments.  Course:  Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities, Louisiana State University.

Jones, B. A. (2005). Visual impairments.  Course:  Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities, Louisiana State University.

Jones, B. A. (2005).  Introduction to special education with an emphasis on students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders, hearing impairments, and visual impairments.  Course:  Classroom Reading Instruction, Louisiana State University.

Jones, B. A. (2004).  ANOVA using some predictors that were originally intervally scaled:  A (really) bad idea.  Southwest Educational Research Association, Dallas, Texas; Educational Research Exchange, College Station, Texas.

GRANTS

External (Funded)

Hott, B. L., Jones, B. A., Reid, M., Hanks, M., & Prewitt, S. (2019). Project RURAL TAPS: Recruiting Underrepresented Rural Aspiring Teacher Leaders: Training and Partnerships for Special education. Proposal Submitted to the Texas Education Agency.  Amount Requested: $317,649.03.

Hott, B. L, & Jones, B. A. (2019). Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions of Students with Disabilities: Linking Research, Law, Policy and Practice. University of Chicago, Loyola. Spencer Foundation. Proposal Funded: $2,200.00.

Hott, B. L., & Jones, B. A. (2018). Supporting Individual Education Program Development and Implementation in Rural East Texas. Proposal submitted to the American Educational Research Association Education Research Service Program. Amount Funded: $3559.50.

External (not funded)

Jones, B. A. (2015). Student training in assistive and related technologies (START): A demonstration laboratory to target assistive technology competencies. Letter of Inquiry Submitted to The Caruth Foundation. Not funded.

Brown, C. G. and Jones, B. A. (2010). Technology Talks.  Submitted Federal Imitative Request.  Amount Requested: $129,800. Not funded.

Jones, B. A. (2009).  Student Training in Assistive and Related Technology (START):  A Demonstration Laboratory to Support All Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework in the Department of Psychology and Special Education. Submitted Federal Imitative Request.  Amount Requested: $181,800. Not funded.

Heitholt, J., Jones, C. A. and Jones, B. A. (2009).  Development of a Sustainable Organic Vegetable Research Garden for Veterans and Other Individuals with Disabilities.  SERA Planning Grant Proposal, Amount Requested:  $19,000. Not funded.

Internal (funded)

Jones, B. A. (2016). Assistive Technology Lab. Collaboration of Library Services ($16,120 for room construction), Instructional Technology (app. $45,000 for equipment and card key access), and Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education ($12,333.46 for furniture). Total Funding Awarded: $73 ,453. 46 (note one desktop and iPad apps not included in total)

Jones, B. A. (2014).  Faculty Development Grant.  Amount Funded:  $700.00.

Jones, B. A. (2010).  International Faculty Development Grant.  Amount Funded:  $966.00.

Internal (not funded)

Jones, B. A. (2017).  Training Educators to Implement Assistive Technology.  Faculty Research Enhancement Program.  Amount requested: $9,940.00.

Thomas, S.  & Jones, B. A. (2013). Assistive Technology Lab. Submitted via Priority Planning Worksheet and Project Information Sheet to University Advancement Office; Subsequent meetings and discussions with Advancement Office, Office of Sponsored Research, Disability Support Services, vendors and regional educational service personnel to continue to pursue additional funding opportunities for this project. Not funded.

Proposals Submitted

Hott, B. L., Dibbs, R. A., Lock, R. M., Jones, B., Graham, A., & Blount, K. (2019). Project PRAISE: Preparing Rural Algebra teachers with Interventions, Strategies, and Evidence-based practices. Submitted to the Greater Texas Foundation. Amount Requested: $405,869.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Graduate

SPED 520       Introduction to Exceptionalities, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 524       Methods of Tchg Stud with Mild/Mod. Disabilities, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 526        Characteristics of Stud with Moderate Disabilities, Online (re-designed Summer 2017), Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 528       Special Education Law, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 563       Secondary Methods, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 580       Adaptive Behavior in Exceptional Children, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 580       Current Topics in Special Education, Face to Face/Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 582       Methods of Teaching the Mildly Handicapped: Oral and Written Expression, Distance Education/Web-Enhanced, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 583     Content Area Instruction, Distance Education/Web-Enhanced; re-designed for online Fall 2017, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 584     Methods of Tchg Stud with Mild Disabilities, Distance Education/Web-Enhanced, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 586     Inclusion:  Strategies & Accommodation, Distance Education/Web-Enhanced and Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

Undergraduate

No Course     Assistive Technology Lab Instruction, Texas A&M-Commerce                       (instruction occurs each semester to support C&I and SPED courses)

PSY 300        Learning Processes and Development, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

PSY 310        Psychology and Sociology of Diverse Populations, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 346      Introduction to Exceptional Children, Online, Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 475      Collaboration, Accomm., and Modification, Distance Education/Web-Enhanced,  Texas A&M-Commerce

SPED 480      Issues for Inclusion: student teaching seminar, Texas A&M-Commerce

EDCI 2700    Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities, Louisiana State University

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE/COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

International Level

2014-2018:  CLD Membership Committee Member

State Level

2018-2019 President, Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)

2017-2018:  Board Member at Large, Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)

2017-Present:  Texas Executive Committee Meeting on State Plan for Serving Students with Visual Impairments, Austin, Texas, Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

2018-2019:  Workload Analysis Subcommittee, TSBVI

2017-2018:  Past-President, Texas Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)

2017-2017:  President, Texas Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)

2015-2016:  Vice President, Texas Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)

University Level

2018-Present:  ADA Compliance Committee – Designing, Overseeing Construction/Furniture Installation,

2015-2017:  Setting up Assistive Technology Lab in Gee Library

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RpzhrlB3P1M&feature=youtu.be

2017 Facilitator, Community of Learning for CFEI

2016-present:  ADA Appeals Committee Chair

S/Sum/F16:  Learning Management System Selection Committee

2015-Present:  EIR Accessibility

2013-Present:  Academic Practices Committee, Faculty Senate

2015-2016:  Online Accessibility Committee for TAMU System Schools

College Level

ASPIRE Project Member, Professional Development Committee                                    2016-2017

Decoding Dyslexia. Beers’ Funded Project                                                             2013-2016

Virtual College of Education and Human Services Advisory Committee                        2013-2016

Scholarship Subcommittee                                                                                         May 2013

External Post-Tenure Reviewer                                                               Nov 2015

Grade Appeals Committee (3)                                                Sum/Fall 2015; Fall 2017

 

Departmental Level             

2017-Present:  Executive Committee Member

Spring 2017:  Alumni Ambassador Host

2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016:  Special Education Search Committee Chair

Spring 2016:  Social Work Search Committee Member

2013-2014:  Search Committee Member (2 positions)

2012:  Department Head Search Committee Member

2012-2016:  Web, Marketing, &Alumni Committee Chair

Coordinated Creation of Discipline-Specific Brochures/Marketing

Budget/Pull-out Banner

2010-2011, S2014/2015/2016: Web, Marketing, &Alumni Committee Member

Sum 2011/2012:  Departmental Representative, Summer Orientations:  Departmental Representative, Grad Expo

Fall 2010; S/F 2011:  Departmental Representative, Mane Event

Spring 2010/2011:  Search Committee Member

2015-Present:  Special Education Committee Chair

2009-Present:  Special Education Committee Member

Revise Comps, Course Rotation, Create/Delete Courses, Oversee eCollege Comps Shell, Attend Monthly Student Interviews

2009-2016:  School Psychology Committee Member

Program Coordination

2014-Present:  Special Education Master’s (Educational Diagnostician and Generic)

2012-Present:  Generic Special Education Master’s

Ongoing Program Coordination Duties:  Graduate Advising of Approximately 50 Students Including Developing Degree Plans and Planning Course of Study; Recruiting/Correspondence with Prospective Students; Yearly Revision of Graduate Handbook; Comps Coordination, Institutional Effectiveness Reports (2 results/plans per year) Writer.

Other Assigned Tasks:  Program Review Document and Action Plan Writer; Curriculum/Course Description Changes Input for Graduate School

Editorial Responsibilities

Editorial Board           Rural Special Education Quarterly               Fall 2018-Present

Field Reviewer           Journal of Special Education Technology            Fall 2018-Present

Co-Editor                    Journal of Special Education                               Fall 2017-Present

Apprenticeship

Editorial Board           Intervention in School and Clinic                   Fall 2016-Present

Guest Reviewer          Assessment for Effective Intervention             Spring/Summer 2016

Abstract Review         Council for Learning Disabilities              April 2014; 2016; 2017

Guest Reviewer          Multicultural Perspectives                            Nov. 2013; Jan. 2013, 2017

Reviewer                     LD Forum                                                       January 2013-Present

Guest Reviewer          LD Forum                                                       September 2012

Abstract Review         Southwestern Psychological Association            December 2009

Guest Reviewer          Journal of Behavioral Education             February 2006

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2017-Present:  Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER)

2017-Present:  Texas AER

2017-Present: Texas Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)

2009-Present:  Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)                                             International Chapter and Division for Visual Impairments

2012-Present:  Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD), International and State Chapters

HONORS AND AWARDS

Student Honors

Minerva Mirafuentes- 3rd Place Education, 2018 A&M System Pathways Student Research Conference

Rachel Scarcelli- 2nd Place Education, 2018 A&M System Pathways Student Research Conference

Nichole Williams, 1st Place Poster, 2018 Kaleidoscope Session, Council for Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL

Faculty Honors and Awards

Invited Member of Editorial Board, Rural Special Education Quarterly
2018-Present

Nominated for Excellence Award, Ceaseless Industry, Faculty Senate Award            2018-2019

Invited Member of Editorial Board, Intervention in School and Clinic
2016-2019

Community of Learning on Universal Design for Learning, Selected by CFEI
2016-2017

Special Education Teacher of the Year Nominee,  Collin County Special Education Cooperative (CCSEC)
2007-2008

 

 

 

 

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