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Dr. Pamela Mims named associate dean for research/contracts

Dr. Pam Mims

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Pamela J. Mims has been named Associate Dean of Research and Grants for the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University.

As associate dean, she will be responsible for the development of research opportunities, grant funding and outreach for the Clemmer College.

Mims joined the ETSU faculty in 2010 and teaches special education courses to undergraduate and graduate students.  She has gained national attention for her work in assisting with the development of an app used by educators to teach language arts skills to middle-school children with severe disabilities.

She is working in partnership with Attainment Company, based in Madison, Wis., and her work is funded by an SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences.  The app was initially created in 2013 and the researchers have continued to make further enhancements, such as the addition of a research component and a writing component.

Her research has been published in such journals as Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Journal, DADD Online Journal: Research To Practice, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Teacher Education and Special Education, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, among others.

She has also co-authored two curriculum resources, Pathway to Literacy and Teaching to the Standards: English Language Arts, published by Attainment Company, and is currently working on additional curriculum resources in English language arts for students with significant disabilities.

Mims holds a B.S. degree from East Carolina University and an M.A. Ed. degree from Western Carolina University as well as a Ph.D. degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Prior to joining the ETSU faculty, she was the lead research associate and project manager for the National Alternate Assessment Center at UNC-Charlotte, where she was also an adjunct professor and served as a Synder Distinguished Fellow.

“Dr. Mims is an accomplished researcher who is highly respected in the field of education for individuals with significant disabilities,” said Dr. Terrence Hicks, Dean of the Clemmer College of Education.  “She will be a tremendous resource for our students, faculty and staff and will help pursue new research opportunities within the Clemmer College.

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