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
  • 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 430


    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.
  • David Buckman

    David Buckman Interim Department Chair of Inclusive Education & Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

    Dr. David BuckmanPosition:
    Interim Department Chair of Inclusive Education & Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

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


    Interim Department Chair of Inclusive Education & Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
  • 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
  • Melissa Driver

    Melissa Driver Associate Professor of Special Education

    Melissa DriverPosition:
    Associate Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2512
    Email: mdriver6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 322


     
  • Zurisaray Espinosa

    Zurisaray Espinosa Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL

    Position:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL

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


     
  • 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 440


    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.
     
  • 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.
  • Zachary Johnson

    Zachary Johnson Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3297
    Email: zjohnso4@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 431


     
  • Nihal Khote

    Nihal Khote Associate Professor of TESOL

    KhotePosition:
    Associate Professor of TESOL

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


     
  • 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.
  • Barbara Walker

    Barbara Walker Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2343
    Email: bwalk159@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 421


     

Staff


Name
Position
  • Jennifer Scanling

    Jennifer Scanling Office Manager

    Jenna ScanlingPosition:
    Office Manager

    Phone: (470) 578-6577
    Email: jscanlin@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 419


     
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