Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education Intervention Faculty

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.

Patricia Arter is a professor of special education and the Department Chairperson of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in special education. Dr. Arter’s main areas of research are creating access for marginalized special needs populations through inclusion, behavior management, vocational training, social skills training, and universal design for learning. Specifically, she has over a decade of experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the areas of vocational training, social skills training, emotional regulation training and use of virtual reality to improve interview training skills. Before moving to Winthrop University, she founded and directed the SOAR program, Students On-Campus Achieving Results, an on-campus program for individuals with ASD to secure competitive employment. Arter has multiple publications and, National and International presentations in her research area. Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Arter was an elementary and middle school inclusion teacher for more than 15 years.

Dr. Arter holds an Ed.D. in Special Education Leadership in Urban Setting Schools from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson State

Larry Fisher, Ph.D.

Larry Fisher is an assistant professor of Special Education in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies at Winthrop University. He is the program director for the M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention program and the program director for Winthrop Think College. He received his B.S.Ed in special education, M.A.Ed with a focus in severe disabilities, and his Post Masters Certificate in School Administration from Western Carolina University. In May 2018, he received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Fisher began his career providing support to both adults and children with significant developmental disabilities in a residential facility. In addition, he was a National Board Certified special education teacher and taught in the self-contained, resource, and inclusion settings. Dr. Fisher’s research interests includes single case design, applied behavior analysis, antecedent based interventions for addressing challenging behaviors, severe disabilities, and evaluation instruments for teachers of students with severe disabilities.

Lisa Harris, Ph.D.

Lisa Harris is an associate professor and the Master of Arts in Teaching program director in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Winthrop University. She served as director of the Instructional Technology Center in the College of Education at Winthrop University for 14 years before becoming a faculty member. Harris teaches educational technology, assessment courses, and research courses. Her research interests include project-based learning, technology integration, and working with Professional Development Schools.

Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Library and Information Science from University of South Carolina, and a BA from Wofford College.

Minnie Mize, Ph.D.

Minnie Mize is an assistant professor in Special Education and Education Core in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. Her main areas of research focus on technology-assisted reading interventions for students with learning disabilities and difficulties. She previously worked in an inclusive classroom setting in a public elementary school as a full-time teacher for five years and also worked as clinical faculty for three years before coming to Winthrop. As a researcher, she has conducted several research studies for students with learning disabilities and difficulties as well as students with autism spectrum disorders to help them improve their knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. She has served as a co-chair of Leadership Development Committee of Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) and a consulting editor for Learning Disability Quarterly (LDQ).

Mize holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin and M.Ed. and B.Ed. from Seoul National University of Education in Seoul, South Korea.

Elke Schneider, Ph.D.

As a Professor at Winthrop University, Elke Schneider teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in three disciplines: Literacy, Special Education and English for non-native speakers. Between 2007 and 2011, she co-directed a large U.S. Department of Education grant that helped local teachers address the needs of non-native speakers of English. This grant also supported Winthrop faculty to infuse effective assignments into their courses to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for English Language Learners in their classes. Long distance, she has supervised over 20 different theses of students at universities in Germany, Austria, Poland and Luxembourg who sought her guidance in her unique area of expertise. Additionally, over a five-year period, she helped the Department of Education in the quadrilingual country of Luxembourg develop a support system for students with language learning disabilities.

Schneider's research interests focus on second and foreign language learning and dyslexia, MSL instruction, research-supported professional development in the area of literacy for native and second language learners and culturally sensitive instruction. Her research has been published in journals and books in the United States and Europe. She has also published two books on second language acquisition and learning disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience integrating multisensory structured language instruction into undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Nationally and internationally, she provides teacher training on multisensory structured language instruction to native, foreign and second language learners in public and private school settings.

Dr. Schneider holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Eichstätt in Germany with specialization in Learning Disabilities and Second/Foreign Language Learning. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in foreign, second and native language instruction with teaching degrees for secondary education and K-12 second language education from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.

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