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Dr. Margaret L. Briley, Assistant Professor: B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976; M.Ed., Georgia State University, 1981; Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1999.


Research Interest: Deafblind, low incidence disabilities, and autism with a focus on communication and social interaction.


Email:mlbriley AT ysu DOT edu
Office: BCOE 3306
Phone: 330-941-3256


Extended Teaching Service (ETS) Faculty

Marianne K. Dove, Ph.D.., Kent State University, 1986


Part Time Instructors

In addition to core Special Education program faculty, several teachers and professionals in the community are appropriately trained, licensed, and/or credentialed in specific areas.  Part time instructors provide an important role in the development of Special Education students.

 

Chuck R. Holden, M.S.Ed.., Youngstown State University, 1975

Jennifer Loudon, Ph.D.., Kent State University, 2008

Shannon R. Miller, Ed.S., Kent State University, 2002

Janet L. Stephens, M.S.Ed.., Youngstown State University, 2006,1993,1985

Linda Yosay, M.S.Ed.., Kent State University, 1977

 

Retired/Emeritus Faculty

 

Several faculty members have made a significant impact on the special education students and the YSU Special Education program over our history.  The following are core program faculty who retired as special education program faculty. They are recognized and honored for their service to the counseling program and community.


Dr. Bernadette J. Del’Arco Angle (1982-2007), Faculty Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Akron, 1980

 

Dr. Marianne Dove (1994-2013), Professor/Faculty Emeritus

Ph.D., Kent State University, 1986

 

Dr. Jack D. Dunsing (1971-1992), Professor/Chairperson Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1959

 

Dr. M. Dean Hoops (1971-1996)

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1969

 

Dr. Robert T. Nickelsburg (1974-1996)

Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, 1970

 

Dr. Leonard L. Schaiper* (1987-2007), Faculty Emeritus

Ed.D., University of Tennessee, 1983

 

Dr. Charles L. Smith* (1968-1986), Professor Emeritus of Special Education

Ed.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1968

 

Dr. Nancy S. Sweeney (1991-2006), Faculty Emeritus

Ph.D., Kent State University, 1991

 

Deceased*

 

 

 


 

Dr. Joanne Franks, Assistant Professor:  B.S., M.Ed., Youngstown State University, 1979, 1989; Ph.D., Kent State University, 1995.


Research Interest: Enhancing social skills of students with disabilities, friendships between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers, interventions to support awareness/acceptance, and parent-teacher collaboration


Email:jfranks AT ysu DOT edu 
Office: BCOE 3211
Phone: 330-941-3307



 

Dr. Leah C. Gongola, Assistant Professor: B.S., Ashland University, 2002; M.Ed., Ph.D., Kent State University, 2004, 2008.


Research Interest: Autism and students with disabilities, reinforcement-based behavioral interventions, treatment acceptability and integrity, professional collaboration and tech use of digital video to facilitate teacher training.


Email:lcgongola AT ysu DOT edu 
Office: BCOE 3308
Phone: 330-941-3057

 

 

 

Dr. Sylvia J. Imler, Associate Professor: B.S., East Texas State University, 1975; M.S., Youngstown State University, 1986; M.T.S., Logos Graduate School, 1989; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School, 1993.


Research Interest: Response to intervention, culturally responsive practices and management strategies, the affects of animals on learning, dispositions towards individuals with disabilities.


Email:sjimler AT ysu DOT edu 
Office: BCOE 3302 
Phone: 330-941-3263

 

 

 

Dr. Sally A. Lewis, Associate Professor: B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University, 1969, 1975, 1999.


Research Interest: Alternative models of teacher preparation for special and gifted education, mentoring beginning career professionals, effective interventions for disabled and gifted adolescents.


Email:salewis01 AT ysu DOT edu 
Office: BCOE 3401 
Phone: 330-941-7240



 

Dr. Darlene UngerAssociate Professor:  B.S., Ithaca College, 1987; M.Ed., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1993, 2001.


Research Interest: Autism, Education and Community Partnerships, Transition of Youth with Disabilities From School to Careers, and Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning


Email:ddunger AT ysu DOT edu 
Office: BCOE 3211 
Phone: 330-941-3306


 

 

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