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UAlbany Professor Awarded $1.2 Million from U.S. Department of Education to Groom Next Generation of Special Education Professors

Projected National Shortage of Special Ed. Faculty to Negatively Affect Outcomes for Students with Disabilities 

School of Education Associate Professor Kevin Quinn will develop new leaders in special education doctoral programs. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 28, 2014) – University at Albany Professor Kevin P. Quinn has been awarded a special education leadership grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop new leaders in special education doctoral programs. The project was just one of 14 selected nationally for funding from more than 100 applications and will be supported by $1.2 million over five years.  While tenure-track positions in some areas of the humanities have decreased in number, special education is one field where there is a shortage. The Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment revealed that within the next five years, one-half to two-thirds of all special education faculty members at the 97 institutions of higher education that grant a doctorate in special education are expected to retire.

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