Dr. John Wheeler

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Dr. John Wheeler currently serves as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University and Professor of Special Education. He earned his Ph.D. in Special Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1989, since that time he has established himself as a university educator, applied researcher and college-level administrator.  His teaching and research interests have centered on the design of instructional and behavioral supports for children with autism and their families and in building capacity in underserved areas to address the expanded service delivery needs of children and families affected by autism.  Additionally he has co-authored five textbooks in these areas as well as numerous research studies, invited book chapters and international and national presentations. He is a consulting editorial review board member for the journals Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of the International Association of Special Education.

He has had extensive administrative experience as having served as dean at Western Michigan University, associate dean and director of doctoral studies at Tennessee Tech University.  Dr. Wheeler also received an honorary appointment at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio from 2006-2009 as an eminent mentor scholar.  He has served as principal investigator and director on numerous federal and state funded grant projects over the past 25-years aimed at program development and the delivery of technical assistance to underserved areas.  He has also been a technical consultant to state departments of education and to international programs serving children and families with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout his career.  He began is career in education and human development as a paraprofessional in special education, served as a teacher and football coach before entering the field of higher education.