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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. Margaret Briley

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

Sally Lewis, Ph.D.., Kent State University, 1999

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.


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. Sally Lewis (2004-2014), Faculty Emeritus

Ph.D., Kent State University, 1999


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





Special Education professors


Dr. Joanne Franks

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 Gongola

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. Sung Hee Lee, Assistant Professor: B.S., Dankook University; M.Ed., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Washington.

Research Interest: The application of speech recognition technology for remediating the writing difficulties of students with learning disabilities, online writing support, literacy-related interventions, and technology interventions in Special Education.

Assistant Professor earned a master’s degree in
Special Education from Dankook University, a master’s degree in Speech Pathology and
Audiology from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate degree in Special Education from the
University of Washington
Assistant Professor earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Dankook University, a master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate degree in Special Education from the University of Washington  


 Dr. Darlene Unger


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

Jen Vaschak


Jen VaschakAssistant Professor:  B.S., Ohio University, 1992; M.S., Youngstown State University, 2001.

Research Interest:

Email: @ysu.edu 
Office: BCOE 
Phone: 330-941-



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