Kathleen S. Puckett is embedded in the Arizona educational community through her work as special education program coordinator of the at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers. One of several responsibilities in this role is to work with the partner school districts in the college's iTeach program, teaching preservice teachers and coordinating with school district personnel. She is active in statewide special education leadership activities, serving as a State Board of Education appointee on the special education advisory panel, a member of Arizona's CEEDAR intensive support activities for special education program improvement, and an active member of the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children. She served as University Senate President and Chair of the University Academic Council during the 2016-17 academic year. Puckett is the chair of the Arizona Faculties Council, representing the 3 state universities as an ex-officio member of the Arizona Board of Regents. Her contributions to educational research are centered around access to and success in the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Puckett has partnered with other researchers in the areas of language arts, technology, and other academic areas to inspire pre-service and in-service teachers to promote successful inclusive practices. She has extensive experience in services for special education students, assistive technology, and special education teacher development. Puckett has successfully directed grant activities requiring collaboration with school district personnel in four teacher recruitment and training grants in Arizona and Tennessee. She was the 2009 president of the Council for Exceptional Children. Puckett is working with the Arizona Department of Education Office of Exceptional Education Services, the CEEDAR Center and representatives from state universities and community colleges to improve teacher training in inclusive practices and improved achievement in the areas of literacy and data-based decision making.