Faculty Profile

Maryann Dudzinski, Associate Professor

Teach Special Education Courses, Field Supervisor for LEAPs Program

116 Meier Hall
219-464-5473
Maryann.Dudzinski@valpo.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Biography

Born and raised in Chicago, IL.  Taught special education for 10 years in K-12 classrooms.  Obtained doctorate in 1989.  Single, Taught at VU since Fall of 1995.  I live in Valparaiso, IN and enjoy travel, theater, and photography.

Education

Ed.D. - Northern Illinois University 1989
M.S.Ed. - Northern Illinois University 1979
B.S. Ed. - Northern Illinois University 1974

Certifications

Illinois certificates in elementary education (K – 9), learning disabilities (K-12), educable mentally handicapped (K-12), and trainable mentally handicapped (K-12).  Also supervisory endorsements in learning disabilities, educable mentally handicapped, and trainable mentally handicapped.

Areas of Specialization

Mild disabilities (learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disorders), severe handicaps (mental retardation, multiply-impaired), curriculum-based assessment, teacher preparation, cooperative learning strategies, principles of effective teaching, supervision of field experiences, Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement (TESA), collaborative teaching, collaborative consultation, applied behavior analysis, alternative teacher licensing programs at the graduate level, mentoring novice teachers

Courses Taught

 SPED 451
Applied Behavior Analysis
 
 SPED 444
Assessment  
 SPED 445/645   
Instructional Methods
 
 SPED 466/566
Teaching Reading To Students with Disabilities  
 SPED 450
Collaboration
 
 ED 617
Assessment & Classroom Management
 
 ED 610
Research in Education
 

Research Interests

Teacher Efficacy
How teacher beliefs affect their ability to teach.

Characteristics of Effective Teachers in alternative certification programs
Can we predict who will be effective?

Response to Intervention
Models - How to implement successfully.

Parent involvement in their children's education
How to encourage this involvement.

Current Research

Teacher Efficacy
How teacher beliefs affect their ability to teach.

Characteristics of Effective Teachers in alternative certification programs
Can we predict who will be effective?

Response to Intervention
Models - How to implement successfully.

Parent involvement in their children's education
How to encourage this involvement.

Publications

  • Continuing professional Development for special educators, Teacher Education and Special Education, Fall 2000 
  • Human sexuality education: Survey of special education Teachers, Journal of Sex Education And Therapy, Fall 1995 
  • A survey of ten years of academic intervention research, Learning Disabilities Focus, Fall 1989 

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    Special Education Professional organization.
  • Council for Learning Disabilities
    Special Education Professional organization.
  • Teacher Education Division (CED)
    Professional organization for those who prepare special education teachers.