Special Education

The Department of Special Education (SPED) prepares educators and other professionals to work with people with exceptionalities and their families. The majority of our programs prepare special education teachers to work with children with disabilities and their families from birth through young adulthood. There are also programs for those interested in working with gifted and talented students.

In addition to tenure-track faculty and full-time instructors, SPED employs more than 50 field-based, part-time instructors.

Faculty areas of expertise include:

  • Disability as diversity
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Post-secondary transition
  • Birth to 5 early childhood special education
  • Response to intervention
  • Behavior analysis
  • Assessment
  • Instructional adaptations

Department Website

Special Education

Image Name Title Office Phone Email
Special Education NE-70 619-594-6665
Margie Kitano, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus EBA-405 619-594-2718 [email protected]
Andina Aste-Nieto Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Regina R. Brandon, Ph.D. Regina R. Brandon, Ph.D. Associate Professor NE-90 619-594-8408 [email protected]
Christopher R. Brum, Ph.D. Christopher R. Brum, Ph.D. Assistant Professor NE-97 619-594-4814 [email protected]
Lauren Collins, Ph.D. Lauren Collins, Ph.D. Assistant Professor NE-72A [email protected]
Anne Graves, Ph.D. Professor NE-70C 619-594-6616 [email protected]
Laura J. Hall, Ph.D. Laura J. Hall, Ph.D. Professor & Chair NE-74B 619-594-0768 [email protected]
Elizabeth Howerton Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Natalie Hoxie Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Paul Justice Lecturer NE-74A 619-594-3745 [email protected]
Stacey Kasendorf, M.A. NE-70 [email protected]
Bonnie Kraemer, Ph.D. Bonnie Kraemer, Ph.D. Associate Professor NE-88 619-594-3492 [email protected]
Paul Luelmo, Ph.D. Paul Luelmo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor NE-72B [email protected]
Vanessa Montes Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Catherine Prodor Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Marco Reyes Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Diana Schaack, Ph.D. Assistant Professor NE-70 619-594-6665 [email protected]
Beth Allison Scharf Lecturer NE-70 [email protected]
Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D. Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D. Associate Professor NE-95 619-594-2135 [email protected]
Luz E Torres, B.A. Administrative Support Assistant NE-70 619-594-6665 [email protected]
Yasemin Turan-Qian, Ph.D. Yasemin Turan-Qian, Ph.D. Associate Professor NE-72B 619-594-4318 [email protected]

Building Abbreviations Used in this Directory

Building Abbreviation Building Name
EBA Education and Business Administration
NE North Education