Department of Special Education welcomes new assistant professor

The GSE is pleased to announce that Dr. Sheldon Loman will be joining the Department of Special Education this fall as an assistant professor. Dr. Loman received his PhD in special education from the University of Oregon, with the focus of his work on instructional practices for people with severe disabilities, educational systems change, and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Prior to his doctoral work he completed a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in moderate/severe disabilities from San Francisco State University and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Loman is passionate about preparing educators to support people with significant disabilities in inclusive settings. For several years he taught in a diverse urban school district in California and was an instructional coach for a fully integrated service delivery model that supported students with significant disabilities in general education settings. He has extensive experience in person-centered planning; augmentative/alternative communication (AAC); and collaborating with families, support service providers, and community agencies.

As a member of the GSE, Dr. Loman is interested in pursuing a research agenda that focuses on organizing school systems and environments that incorporate evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with significant disabilities. Currently he is interested in linking initiatives such as response to intervention (RTI) and school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) as contexts to improve a school’s capacity to support individuals with special needs.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Loman to the GSE.

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