J. Ron Nelson, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

J. Ron Nelson has more than 20 years' experience in the field of special education as a teacher, technical assistance provider and professor. He has a national reputation as an effective researcher and received the 2000 Distinguished Initial Career Research Award by the Council for Exceptional Children. His research has generated more than $22 million in external funding, and he has published more than 150 articles, book chapters and books that focus primarily on serving children at risk for school failure.

Nelson has developed a number of behavior and literacy interventions that have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., Stepping Stones to Literacy, Early Vocabulary Connections, Multiple Meaning Vocabulary Program, The Think Time Strategy). He is an author of "Vocabulary learning: Tools and strategies for teaching students with learning difficulties," "Research methods: Learning to become a critical research consumer, Comprehensive behavior management: Individualized, classroom, and school-wide approaches,” and "Instructional practices for students with behavioral disorders: Strategies for reading, writing, and math."