Meet the SPED Faculty & Staff

Our faculty has more than 50 years of combined experience in Special Education K-12 classrooms. The faculty has a strong emphasis on practical, real-life, field experiences.

Jeanne Danneker

Jeanne Danneker, PhD
Associate Professor
Member of the department since 2007

  • BS, Winona State University
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Area of Expertise:

  • Law
  • Assessment  
  • Self-determination
  • Inclusion
  • Reading instruction
  • Learning
  • Disabilities/Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

James Kirk, PhD

Assistant Professor Member of the department since 2012

  • BS, Marquette University
  • MS, Western Oregon State University
  • PhD, University of Iowa

 Area of Expertise:

  • Behavior Modification
  • Special Education Law
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism
  Carol A. Long

Carol A. Long, PhD

Professor, Chairperson Member of the department since 1993

  • BS, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MS, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Area of Expertise:

  • Paraeducators
  • Accreditation
  • Travel Study
  • Developmental Disabilities

Amy Olson, PhD

Assistant Professor Member of the department since 2015

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Expertise:
  • Students with significant developmental disabilities
  • Access to the general education curriculum
  • Reading instruction
  • Methods in teaching functional skills


Meghan Sinning, MS

Assistant Professor Member of department since 2013

  • BS, Arizona State University
  • MS, Winona State University

Area of Expertise:

  • Learning Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities
  • Behavior Management
  • Transition
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • After-school Programming





Deb Ferguson
Office Manager

  • Supervision and management of workflow for department operations
  • Assist Student Teaching Director with field experience/student
    teaching placements for Special Education majors
  • Supervision and training of work study student workers
  • Data management for department records including students