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Special Education Program

Educational Foundations & Special Education

Pamela J. Mims Ph.D.
Pamela Mims

Pamela J. Mims Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Grants
Contact:
423-439-7145 /
Warf-Pickel 319

 

 

 

See Dr. Mims' Selected Works


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Special Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte         
  • M.A. Ed Special Education, Western Carolina University
  • B.S. Special Education, East Carolina University

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Applications of Assistive Technology and Medical Aspects in Special Education (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Integrating Functional Skills into Curriculum (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  •  Medical Aspects in Special Education (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Thesis in Special Education (Graduate)

  • History, Issues, and Trends in Special Education

  • Instructional Methodology in Special Education (Graduate)

  • Assistive Technology (Undergraduate)

  • Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities (Graduate)

  • Special Topics: Teaching Reading and Math to Individuals with Disabilities (Graduate)

RESEARCH FOCUS

  • Systematic Instructional strategies to promote access to the general curriculum for students with intellectual and/or developmental disability.

  • Professional development and strategies to mitigate special educator attrition in rural environments.

  • Using data to inform instruction

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mims, P. J., Stanger, C., Sears, J., & White, W. (2018). Applying systematic instruction to teach ELA skills using fictional novels in an iPad app: Results from a study on students with significant disabilities. Rural Special Education Quarterly. doi/10.1177/8756870518784711

Mims, P. J., & Stanger, C. (2017). Bringing meaningful grade aligned English language arts to the classroom: Bridging research and practice. DADD Online Journal, 4, 6-19.

Mims, P. J., Stanger, C., Pennington, R., White, W., Sears, J., & Strickler, N. (2017). Opinion paragraph writing intervention for students with significant disability. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Journal, 11, 29-46.

Snyder, S., Knight, V. F., Ayres, K., Mims, P. J., & Sartini, E. (2017). Single Case Design Elements in Text Comprehension Research for Students with Developmental Disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 52(4), 405-421.

Spriggs, A., Mims, P. J., Van Dijk, W., & Knight, V. (2017). Examination of the evidence base for using visual activity schedules with students with intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education, 51, 1-26.

Rivera, C. J., Jimenez, B. A., Baker, J. N., Spies, T., Mims, P. J. & Courtade, G. (2016). Building an academic culturally responsive framework for students with intellectual disability to increase postsecondary outcomes. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 35(2), 23-48.

Root, J., Knight, V. F., & Mims, P. J. (2016). A guide to addressing multiple priorities in core content instruction for students with severe disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, DOI: 10.1177/2165143416680997.

Jimenez, B., Mims, P. J., & Baker, J. (2016). Data based decision training for teachers of students with significant disabilities: The power of online modules to effect change. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 35(4).

Stanger, C., Mims, P. J., Wood, L., & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L. (2016). Supporting literacy achievements for students with intellectual disability and autism through curricular programs that incorporate assistive technology. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Journal, 10, 51-73. Invited.

Spriggs, A., Van Dijk, W., & Mims, P. J. (2015). How to implement visual activity schedules for students with disabilities. DADD Online Journal: Research to Practice, 2, 21-34.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Miller, K. J., Collins, B., Bausch, M. Courtade, G., Galyon, C., & Mims, P. J. (2018 March). Skills and Attributes for Becoming an Effective Leader. 2018 ACRES conference, Salt Lake City, UT. 19th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. Clearwater, Fl.

Pennington, R., & Mims, P. J. (2018, March). The Kids Will Have Their Say: Teaching Children with MSD/ASD to Write Opinions about Text. 2018 ACRES conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mims, P. J., Bartoszuk, K., Oni, Olakunle, & Fox, J. (2018, March). Survey of special education teachers’ stress, burnout, and professional development needs in rural school districts. 2018 ACRES conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mims, P. J. (2018, February). Using Thematic Literacy Units to Address Transition Skills for Students with Severe Disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children 2018 Annual Convention. Tampa, Fl.

Root, J., Mims, P. J., & Knight, V. (2018, January) Infusing transition content into core content instruction for students with extensive support needs. 19th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. Clearwater, Fl.

Pennington, R., & Mims, P. J. (2018, January). The kids will have their say: Teaching children with MSD/ASD to write opinions about text. 19th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. Clearwater, Fl.

Root, J., Mims, P. J., & Knight, V. (2017, December). Addressing multiple priorities in academic core content instruction. 2017 Annual TASH Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Mims, P. J. (April, 2017). IES SBIR Funded Project Presentation. Panel Presentation for Department of Education. Washington, DC.

Mims, P. J. & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L. (April, 2017). Using Technology and Systematic Instruction to Promote Grade Aligned English/Language Arts Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities. CEC 2017 Convention and Expo. Boston, MA.

Rivera, C., Baker, J., Mims, P. J., & Courtade, G. (April, 2017). Building a Culturally Responsive Framework for Students with Intellectual Disability to Increase Postsecondary Outcomes. CEC 2017 Convention and Expo. Boston, MA.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Nominated for the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award at East Carolina University (decision pending).

  • Visiting Academic with University of Sydney 2017.

  • 2017 Recipient of the American Council on Rural Special Education Research Article of the Year Award.

  • ETSU Clemmer College Outstanding Research Award 2015.

  • Council for Exceptional Children- Division of Research- Student Research Award in Single Subject Research for 2010.

  • Snyder Distinguished Doctoral Fellow for University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2007-2008.

SELECTED GRANTS RECEIVED

Chambers, C., Marks, L., & Mims, P. J. (2017). UPSTART inclusive Higher Education at ETSU. Next Steps Vanderbilt University.

Fox, J., Mims, P. J., & Bartozuk, K. (2017). Current practices and effectiveness of professional development in special education in rural environments. Spencer Foundation.

Chambers, C., & Mims. P. J. (2016). Vanderbilt postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities community conversation mini grant. Vanderbilt.

Mims, P. J., & Fox, J. (2014-2015). Teacher Support Program: A Multicomponent Program to Improve and Retain Special Educators. ETSU Research and Development Committee Major Grants. Role: Principal Investigator

Mims, P. J., (2014-2016). Phase II: Access: Language Arts. Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Education, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase II.

Mims, P. J. (2013). Access: Language Arts. Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Education, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase I. Role: Site Principal Investigator

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Dr. Mims lives in Asheville with her family where she likes to explore the great restaurants and surrounding mountains. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two children, Marley (9) and Grey (6), trail running, and working out.
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