Dr. Mims is an Associate Professor of Special Education as well as Associate Dean
of Research and Grants in the College of Education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate
special education courses focused on severe disabilities. She taught middle grades
for 7 years in a classroom for students with profound, multiple disabilities and autism.
She earned her Undergrad in Special Education at East Carolina University, Masters
Degree in Severe Disabilities at Western Carolina University, and PhD in Special Education
with a focus on Severe Disabilities at UNC Charlotte. Her research interests include:
(a) examining the use of systematic instruction strategies for providing access to
the general curriculum for students with low incidence disabilities, (b) examining the
use of technology to promote access to the general curriculum, and (c) implementation
of data based decisions in the classroom. Dr. Mims has authored several curricula
focused on using evidence based practices to promote access to grade aligned ELA and
early literacy skills. She is currently the PI of a Phase II IES SBIR research grant
with Attainment Company focused on providing access to grade aligned ELA standards
for students with significant disabilities via an iPad application.