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DR. GAIL FITZGERALD
University of Missouri

DR. KEVIN KOURY
California University of Pennsylvania

DR. CANDICE HOLLINGSEAD
Bethel College

DR. KEVIN MILLER
Buffalo State College

DR. KATHERINE MITCHEM
California University of Pennsylvania


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Dr. Gail Fitzgerald
University of Missouri - Columbia

Gail is Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at MU. Dr. Fitzgerald has co-directed six federally-funded OSEP projects related to design, production, and implementation research of EPSS tools and interactive multimedia cases in higher education; and taught methods courses in special education, advanced technology design and development for children, and mixed methods research. She has published extensively on the development and implementation of products related to Steppingstones projects. She is the 1995 recipient of the CEC-TAM Service Award. In the last nine years, Dr. Fitzgerald has produced 17 different interactive multimedia-learning products or EPSS products in special education. She is the primary investigator on the She serves as a researcher on the VRCBD-Research Consortium Project conducting research on interactive multimedia cases in higher education. Gail had found the work with this multimedia cases project the most exciting of her career and has utmost respect for her fun-loving colleagues on the team.

Dr. Kevin A. Koury
California University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kevin Koury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at California University of Pennsylvania. His primary teaching areas include learning disabilities, strategies instruction, instructional methodologies, and inclusion. Dr. Koury has served as due process officer for the state of Delaware and was a child care counselor at a boys school. He has published widely and is a member of numerous professional organizations and the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dr. Koury received his B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and his M.A. and Ed.D. in Special Education from West Virginia University.

Dr. Koury is new to the VRCBD team and will focus on the development of the KidSkills school success software for children. From his position as President of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, he will coordinate a variety of parent and educator focus groups and online discussion groups. He is directing the development of the educator training module to accompany KidSkills.

Dr. Candice C. Hollingsead
Bethel College, Indiana

Candice Hollingsead is Professor and Dean of Education at Bethel College, Indiana. In addition to her administration position, she facilitates coursework in special education programming for pre-service teachers and in-service educators. Dr. Hollingsead has been recognized with prestigious awards as an outstanding teacher at the university level (Daniel Augsburger Excellence in Teaching, 2003) and at a national school district level (International Council for Learning Disabilities National Teacher of the Year, 1995). In the past 7 years, she has provided schools with 60 training opportunities and 30 national/international research conference presentations. Her research has primarily been in the area of interventions for children with mild disabilities. She serves as a researcher on the VRCBD-Research Consortium Project conducting research on interactive multimedia cases in higher education.

Dr. Kevin J. Miller
Buffalo State College

Kevin is Assistant Professor of Exceptional Education at Buffalo State College where he teaches research and transition coursework. Dr. Miller also teaches doctoral courses as an appointed Associate Adjunct Professor at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Miller has coordinated field-tests with students as well as special and general educators on several projects that involved development of software programs which incorporated teacher and student tools designed to facilitate behavior and learning strategies. He has directed several federally-funded projects to increase the number of teachers of color certified in the area of special education; directed a federally-funded leadership personnel preparation grant; and served as a PI on several research projects. He has extensive experience working with schools to implement EPSS software. She serves as a researcher on the VRCBD-Research Consortium Project conducting research on interactive multimedia cases in higher education.

Dr. Kathryn J. Mitchem
California University of Pennsylvania

Kate Mitchem is Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at California University of PA. Dr. Mitchem has coordinated a large federally funded prevention project in inner city middle and high schools and serves as the co-director on Phase 2 Steppingstones Project integrating EPSS in schools. As a faculty member she taught research courses in applied behavior analysis and worked extensively in a number of school districts assisting them in implementing evidence-based academic and social programming for students with or at risk for emotional and behavior disorders. She has published widely in the area of self-management interventions, effective professional development, and sustaining change in teacher practice. She serves as a researcher on the VRCBD-Research Consortium Project conducting research on interactive multimedia cases in higher education.

Dr. Louis P. Semrau, Professor Emeritus
Arkansas State University

Louis Semrau is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at ASU. He serves as the coordinator of the ASU Emotionally Disturbed M.S.E. training program, is the primary instructor in technological applications in special education, and co-directed the Teacher Problem-Solving Skills in Behavioral Disorders project at ASU. Dr. Semrau brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the VRCBD project.

At the national level, Dr. Semrau served as a member of a state CSPD council for eight years, was active in the CEC's efforts to identify quality teacher training practices (task forces, trainer for folio preparation, folio reviewer, Subcommittee Chair for Accreditation in the Professional Standards and Practices Standing Committee), and member of NCATE Board of Examiners. Dr. Semrau has been both a contributor to and primary writer and director for a number of private foundation, state, and federal grants involving research, model development, teacher training, and training of other professionals and parents.

In 2001, Dr. Semrau was awarded the 2000 TAM Leadership Award by the International Council for Exceptional Children - Technology and Media Division.


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