INED Faculty & Staff

Faculty in the Inclusive Education Department represent a wide range of teaching, research interests, and professional experiences. The department houses both Special Education and TESOL. Using an asset-based perspective, faculty in each area are committed to preparing educators to be able to meet the needs of diverse learners and ensure student success.

Faculty

Name
Position
  • Holly Arnold

    Holly Arnold Lecturer of TESOL

    Holly ArnoldPosition:
    Lecturer of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-2287
    Email: hweber1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 429


    Dr. Arnold is an international speaker and teacher-trainer, having previously worked with the United States Department of State. Her research interests include English learners in online learning environments, culturally responsive pedagogical training for pre-service teachers, and culturally sustaining practices in teacher education programs. 
  • Katie Bennett

    Katie Bennett Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Katie BennettPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2255
    Email: kbenne72@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 431


    My teaching, research, and community engagement efforts focus on teacher preparation, literacy, and high incidence disabilities. I teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Harriet Bessette

    Harriet Bessette Professor of Inclusive Education & Educational Leadership

    Harriet BessettePosition:
    Professor of Inclusive Education & Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-6893
    Email: hbessett@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 434


    I am a professor of special education and teach masters, specialist and doctoral courses in the Inclusive Education Department. I have over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in public schools and higher education. My research interests include the use of drawings as research tools in qualitative research, Vygotskian theory, intersubjectivity, and interpersonal/intrapersonal planes of cognition.
  • Jayoung Choi

    Jayoung Choi Associate Professor of TESOL

    Jayoung ChoiPosition:
    Associate Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-2231
    Email: jchoi44@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 437


    Associate Professor of TESOL in the Inclusive Education Department
  • Corrie Davis

    Corrie Davis Department Chair of Inclusive Education & Professor of Educational Research

    Corrie DavisPosition:
    Department Chair of Inclusive Education & Professor of Educational Research

    Phone: (470) 578-7853
    Email: cdavi163@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 443


    I lead the Department of Inclusive Education and am invested in the growth of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Melissa Driver

    Melissa Driver Associate Professor of Special Education

    Dr. Melissa DriverPosition:
    Associate Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2512
    Email: mdriver6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 428


     
  • Kathleen Everett

    Kathleen Everett Limited Term Professor of Special Education

    Position:
    Limited Term Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6562
    Email: kevere10@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 426


     
  • Chandra Floyd

    Chandra Floyd Assistant Professor of Gifted Education

    Dr. Chandra FloydPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Gifted Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4255
    Email: cfloyd35@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 421


    I am a professor in the Inclusive Education Department teaching courses leading to a gifted education endorsement. I have over 20 years of K12 experience serving as a teacher, teacher professional developer, and administrator. My research interests include equity in gifted education, gifted education policy, and the preparation and development of gifted educational leaders.
     
  • James Gambrell

    James Gambrell Associate Professor of TESOL

    Position:
    Associate Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-2658
    Email: jgambre2@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 435


    Dr. Gambrell's research focuses on bilingual education including language policy and planning, bilingual teacher preparation pathways, and classroom practices that engage language minoritized students, families, and communities.
  • Tristan Glenn

    Tristan Glenn Director of Call Me Mister Program and Associate Professor of Special Education

    Tristan GlennPosition:
    Director of Call Me Mister Program and Associate Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2657
    Email: tglenn20@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 440


     
  • Joya Hicks

    Joya Hicks Associate Professor of Special Education

    Joya HicksPosition:
    Associate Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6146
    Email: jcarterh@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 432


    I have extensive experience in preparing pre-service and in-service teachers and leaders in providing fully-inclusive evidenced-based practices for working with children and their families.
  • Nihal Khote

    Nihal Khote Assistant Professor of TESOL

    KhotePosition:
    Assistant Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-2121
    Email: nvk4987@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 438


     
  • Maria Montalvo

    Maria Montalvo Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL

    Maria MontalvoPosition:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-7854
    Email: mmontal1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 439


    I teach in the TESOL department and supervise the TESOL Clinical Candidates.
  • Vidya Munandar

    Vidya Munandar Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Dr. MunandarPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2765
    Email: vmunanda@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 424


    I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on curriculum and instruction for students with diverse learning abilities in inclusive settings. My research interests include career development process of youth and young adults with disabilities, transition practices to support jobseekers and employees with disabilities in integrated employment settings, and the role of stakeholders in improving transition outcomes.
  • Amanda Richey

    Amanda Richey Associate Professor of TESOL

    Amanda RicheyPosition:
    Associate Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-2769
    Email: arichey1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 436


    My research interests are focused on issues of culture and representation in curriculum, family and community engagement, and literacy practices.
  • Ji Hye Shin

    Ji Hye Shin Limited Term Professor of TESOL

    Position:
    Limited Term Professor of TESOL

    Phone: (470) 578-4878
    Email: jshin26@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 423


    I have research interests are multilingual learners, online learning, multimodal literacy, and teacher education.
  • Kate Zimmer

    Kate Zimmer Director of the Avatar Lab and Associate Professor of Special Education

    ZimmerPosition:
    Director of the Avatar Lab and Associate Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3297
    Email: kzimme10@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 430


     

Staff


Name
Position
  • Chris Hastings

    Chris Hastings Program Assistant (Avatar Lab and UDLab)

    Position:
    Program Assistant (Avatar Lab and UDLab)

    Phone: (470) 578-7587
    Email: chastin3@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 433


     
  • Theresa Meyer

    Theresa Meyer Office Manager

    Theresa MeyerPosition:
    Office Manager

    Phone: (470) 578-6577
    Email: tmeyer11@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 442


     
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