Preparing Educators as Leaders

Academic Department Chairs

David Hansen
Associate Professor
785-864-1874
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 642
Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
785-864-9721
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 418
Michael Wehmeyer
Chair, Department of Special Education; Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education; Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability
785-864-0723
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 518
Professor, Chair, Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences
785-864-0784
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, Room 104D
Associate Professor, Elementary Education - Social Studies, Chair, Department of Curriculum & Teaching
785-864-9662
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 330


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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