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Kathleen Puckett

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Associate Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2680
Biography

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. 

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How do we develop teachers who are committed to inclusive practices that are optimal for all students, including those with disabilities?
  • In what ways can assistive and instructional technologies be used to promote successful achievement of academic standards and appropriate social skills for students with disabilities?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. 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 thee areas of literacy and data based decision making.  
  • As the University Senate President, Dr. Puckett named a special task force to develop a policy for Arizona State University on Open Access for research and creative works. Puckett appointed faculty and academic professionals from across the campuses and disciplines to this task force, and convened an advisory panel for experts from OKED, the Provost office, and the Library to assist with background research.  The task force will be making a recommendation for ACD policy change in Spring, 2017. 
Publications
  • Rillero, P. & Hernandez, J. (April/May 2016). Problem-Based Enhanced-Language Learning with Pendulums. Science Scope, 39(8), 10-15
  • Jimenez-Silva, M., Merritt, J., Rillero, P., & Kelley, M. (2016). Working Together to Prepare Teachers of Science and Language: Examining the Value of Collaboration Among Science and Language Faculty. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 20(3).  http://ejse.southwestern.edu/article/view/15866
  • Rillero, P. (2010). The Rise and Fall of Science Education:  A Content Analysis of Science in Elementary Reading Textbooks of the Nineteenth Century. School Science and Mathematics, 110(5), 227-237.
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
TEL 792Research
EDA 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
TEL 494Special Topics
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
TEL 792Research
EDA 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Service
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • University Senate, President Elect Polytechnic Campus (2013 - 2014)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, President (2009 - 2009)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, President-elect (2008 - 2008)