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.

James Kirk, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chair (Sabbatical 2019-2020)
Member of the department since 2012

Education:

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

Area of Expertise:

  • Behavior Modification
  • Special Education Law
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism

Amy Olson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interim Chair
Member of the department since 2015

Education:

  • 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
  • Expertise of teachers of students with significant disabilities
  • Inclusion

Meghan Sinning, M.E.d.

Assistant Professor
Member of the department since 2013

Education:

  • BA, Arizona State University
  • MS, Winona State University

Area of Expertise:

  • Students with significant developmental disabilities
  • Students with specific learning disabilities
  • Special Education Law
  • Biological Sciences

Josephine Fernando, PhD

Assistant Professor
Member of the department since 2018

Education:

  • BS, University of Mumbai, India
  • MS, University of Mumbai, India
  • PhD, University of Mumbai, India
  • MA, University of Iowa, USA
  • PhD, University of Iowa, USA

Area of Expertise:

  • Students with emotional and behavioral operations
  • Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning
  • Education and Measurement
  • Biological Sciences

Whitney Rolbiecki

Office Manager
Duties:

  • 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