Participating Universities

Texas Tech University at Lubbock
Sowell Center in Visual Impairment

P.O. Box 41071
3008 18th Street
Lubbock, TX 79409-1071

The goal of the doctoral program in special education at Texas Tech University is to prepare leadership personnel to help shape the future of special education.  Graduates are prepared for roles as teachers and researchers in university programs and specialists and consultants in direct-service agencies. The doctoral program in special education seeks to provide personnel for these roles by preparing reflective,  culturally sensitive practitioners and leaders in the profession of education who practice within the Code of Ethics adopted by the council for Exceptional Children.

Nora Griffin-Shirley, PhD 806-742-1997 Ext. 247 Orientation and Mobility
Roseanna Davidson, Ed.D. 806-742-1997 Ext. 246 Deafblind
Pat Kelley Ed.D 806-742-1997 Ext. 248 Visual Impairment & Orientation & Mobility
Carol Layton, Ed.D. 806-742-1997 Ext. 286 Generic Special Ed & Diagnostician
Robin Lock, PhD 806-742-1997 Ext. 288 Generic Special Education
Deanne Lechtenberger, PhD  806-742-1997 Ext. 324 Generic Special Education
Mary Tallent-Runnels, PhD 806-742-1997 Ext. 225 Gifted Education

The majority of our coursework is not distance education. Sowell Center Website: http://www.educ.ttu.edu/sowell/

Nora Griffin-Shirley - Publications 1993 – 2005

Refereed Book

Griffin-Shirley, N. (1993). Prescriptions for Independence: Working with older people who are visually impaired. New York: American Foundation for the Blind Press.

Refereed Articles

Griffin-Shirley, N., Almon, P., Kelley, P. (2002). Visually impaired personnel preparation program: A collaborative distance education model.  Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 96 (4), 233-245.

Griffin-Shirley, N., Marsh, R. A., Hartmeister, F. (2001). Orientation and mobility specialists’ practices concerning liability issues. . Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness. 95 (1), 45-48.

P. Kelley, Ward, M.E., Griffin-Shirley, N.  (2000). Personnel preparation and the National Agenda.  RE:view, 32 (3), 102-114.

Griffin-Shirley, N., Trusty, S., Rickard, R. (2000). Orientation and Mobility. In Koenig, A. J. Holbrook, M. C. (Eds.), Foundations of Education. (pp. 529-568). New York: AFB Press.

Johnson, K., Griffin-Shirley, N., Koenig, A. J. (2000).  Active learning for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 94 (9) 584-594.

Marsh, R.A., Hartmeister, F., Griffin-Shirley, N. (2000). Legal issues for orientation and mobility specialists: Minimizing the risks of liability. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 94 (8) 495-508.

Griffin-Shirley, N. McGregor, D., Jacobson, W. (1999). Survey of dual certified orientation and mobility specialists. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 3 (93), 133-139.

McGregor, D., Griffin-Shirley, N., Brown, S., Koenig, A. (1998). Interprofessional perceptions of orientation and mobility specialists and teachers of students with visual disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 5 (92), 366-372.

Long, R. G., Boyette, L. M., Griffin-Shirley, N. (1996).  Older persons and community travel: The effect of visual impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 90 (4), 302-313.

Pat Kelley - Publications 1993-2005

Books and Monographs

Kelley, P. & Gale, G. (Eds). (1998). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments. North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Book Chapters

Kelley, P. & Smith, P. (2000). Independent living skills.  In A. Koenig & C. Holbrook. Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments (pp. 569-593). New York: AFB Press.

Kelley, P. Sanspree, M.J., & Davidson, R. (2000). Vision impairment in children and youth. In B. Silverstone, M. A. Lang, B. Rosenthal, & E. Faye (Eds.). The Lighthouse Handbook on Vision Impairment and Vision Rehabilitation: Volume 2. (pp. 1137-1141) New York: Oxford University Press.

Kelley, P. (2000). Designing play environments.  In A. Koenig & C. Holbrook. Foundations of Education for Students with Visual Impairments (pp. 561-563). New York: AFB Press.

Kelley, P. & Gale, G. (1999). Vision impairment. In A. Y. Baldwin & W. Vialle (Eds.), The Many Faces of Giftedness: Lifting the masks, (pp. 159-174). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Kelley, P., Nagel, G., & Cruickshank, L. (1998). Historical development in the education of students with vision impairments. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 1-16). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Kelley, P. Gale, G., & Blatch, P. (1998). Theoretical framework. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 33-40). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Gale, G., Kelley, P., d'Apice, T., Booty, J., Alsop, P., Bagot, N., Pfisterer, U., Forehan, B., William, B., & Sheik, K. (1998). Accessing the curriculum. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 146-176). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Kelley, P. (1998). Technology. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 218-226). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Kelley, P. (1998). Children with vision impairments and intellectual or physical disabilities. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 239-248). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Kelley, P. (1998). Cortical vision impairment. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 1249-254). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Kelley, P. (1998). Deafblindness. In P. Kelley & G. Gale (Eds). Towards excellence: Effective education for students with vision impairments (pp. 255-262). North Rocks, NSW: North Rocks Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Kelley, P. & Maushak, N. (2004). Teaching Online: Hints from the Trenches, Distance Learning: A magazine for leaders.

Griffin-Shirley, N. &  Kelley, P. (2003). A step in cyberspace: Internet delivery of O&M coursework.  Mobility: In touch with Africa, in step with the world. 11th International Mobility Conference Conference Proceedings. Document Transformation Technologies: Irene, South Africa CD.

Griffin-Shirley, N. Almon, P. & Kelley, P. (2002). Visually impaired personnel preparation program: A collaborative distance education model. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 96, 233-245.

Maushak, N. J., Kelley, P. & Blodgett, T. (2001). Preparing teachers for the inclusive classroom: A preliminary study of attitudes and knowledge of assistive technology. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3), 419-431.

Kelley, P., Ward, M., & Griffin-Shirley, N. (2000) Personnel preparation and the national agenda. RE: view, 32, 102-114.

Kelley, P. & Wedding, J. (2000). The effect of medications on children with visual impairments. A Brighter Vision for the Future, IMC10 Conference Proceedings. (pp. 203-207 ). Birmingham, UK: Dog Guide Association for the Blind.

Griffin-Shirley, N. & Kelley, P. (2000). Collaborative distance education model for the preparation of orientation and mobility specialists. A Brighter Vision for the Future, IMC10 Conference Proceedings. (pp. 153-155). Birmingham, UK: Dog Guide Association for the Blind.

Kelley P. & Wedding, J. (1996). Medications used by students with visual and multiple disabilities. Reprinted in Educating Exceptional Children. (Fall, 1996). Guildford, CT: Brown & Benchmark Publishers.

Kelley, P. (1995). Orientation and mobility for preschool children. OMIAA Journal of Orientation and Mobility, 13 (1), 10-16.

Kelley, P. & Wedding, J. (1995). ). Medications used by students with visual and multiple disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness 89, 38-45.

Kelley, P. (1995). The use of tactile books to develop literacy skills of preschool children with vision impairment. Australian Association of Special Education, Forging Links, Conference Proceedings [on disk]. Darwin, NT:  Australian Association of Special Education.

Kelley, P. Davidson, R., & Sanspree, M. J. (1993). Vision and orientation and mobility consultation for children with severe multiple disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness 87, 397-401.

Roseanna Davidson- Publications 1993-2005

Mason, R., Davidson,  R., & McNerney, C. (2000). Shortages of personnel in the low incidence area of blindness:  Working and planning together. Teaching Exceptional  Children, 32 (5),  91.

House, S. S. & Davidson, R. C.  (2000).  “Speech-Language Pathologist and Children with Sensory Impairments: Personnel Preparation and Service Delivery Survey.”   Communication Disorders Quarterly.

House, S. S. & Davidson, R. C.  (1999).  “Orientation, Mobility, and Language: Increasing Language Development through Orientation and Mobility Instruction.”  RE:view.

Kelley, P.A., Sanspree, M. J., & Davidson, R. C. (2000).  “Vision Impairment in Children and Youth.”  In Silverstone, B., Lang, MA, Rosenthal, B.P., & Faye, E.E. (Eds.)  The Lighthouse Handbook on Vision Impairment and Vision Rehabilitation.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Kelley, P., Davidson, R., & Sanspree, M. J. (1993). “Vision and Orientation and Mobility Consultation for Children with Severe Multiple Disabilities.” Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 87 397-401.

Davidson, R. (1993). “Preparation of Personnel for Students who are Deaf-Blind: A Response.” In Proceedings of the National Symposium on Deaf-Blindness.

Dissertations:

  • McKenzie, Amy (2005).  A case study of the emergent literacy supports in a center-based education program for students who are Deafblind.
  • Henzi, David L. (2003).  Travel efficiency among route travelers with multiple disabilities.
  • Siew, Lai Keun (2003).  Students with visual impairments’ perceptions of the accessibility of the internet.
  • Trusty, Sharon Charlene Bridgeman (2001). Challenges to ophthalmic care for Hispanic adults with diabetes.
  • House, Suzanne Stevenson (2000).  Articulation production:  A comparative study of university attendees having visual impairment from early childhood and university attendees without visual impairment.
  • Johnson, Kenalea Ruth (2000).  A montehr’s experience parenting children with disabilities:  Overwhelmed but growing.
  • Martinez, Rachel Allyson Rickard (2000).  The effectiveness of instruction in telescope usage by adults with visual impairment.
  • McGregor, Duncan (1998).  Using verbal and physical prompts to teach the use of a long cane to a student who is visually impaired and has additional severe disabilities.
  • Estevis, Marjorie Anne (1996). The effect of teacher in-service training on the frequency of communication acts accomplished by learners who are deaf-blind.
  • Ross, David (1992).  A nonaversive behavioral approach to reducing and controlling hand-mouthing in students with visual impairments who also have multiple disabilities

Employment of Former Doctoral Students:

  • Special Ed Director
  • School for Blind Administrator
  • Ed Psych at YWCA
  • Vision Consultant at ESC
  • Med School Curriculum Consultant
  • Public School Practitioner O&M & VI
  • Retired College Professor
  • Public School Administrator
  • University Professor