Lucinda (Cindi) Spaulding has a Ph.D. in Special Education and Educational Psychology, a M.Ed. in Special Education, and a B.S. in Elementary Education. Dr. Spaulding is an Associate Professor in Liberty’s School of Education and teaches research courses while also serving as a qualitative research consultant in the doctoral program. In 2012 Dr. Spaulding was a first place recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Spaulding was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and has taught in general education, special education, and inclusion settings at the elementary level in Title 1 schools in New York and Virginia and English as a second language at the high school level in Japan. She has permanent teacher certification in New York State in Elementary Education and Special Education (Pre-K -12) and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Elementary Education, Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. Spaulding's research interests include resilience in children and youth, specific learning disabilities and methods of best practice, the history of special education, and factors related to doctoral attrition and persistence. Dr. Spaulding and her husband reside in Lynchburg, Virginia with their three children. They feel blessed to live in such a beautiful area and enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as gardening, cooking, running, and camping.
Poverty and Persistence: A Model for Understanding Individuals’ Pursuit and Persistence in a Doctor of Education Program (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, James A. Swezey, and Carolyn J. Wicks), International Journal of Doctoral Studies (2014)
The purpose of this systematic grounded theory study was to extend the theoretical foundations of...
The Relationships among Graduate Students’ Sense of Community, their Perceived Learning, and Actual Learning (with Mervyn Wighting and Deanna Nisbet), The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation (2014)
This article reports findings from a quantitative study which investigated sense of community, perceived learning,...
Book Review: G. Richardson and Justin J. W. Powell. Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. 380 pp. Cloth $60.00, History of Education Quarterly (2012)
DIS2ECT: A Framework for Effective Inclusive Science Instruction (with Jenny Sue Flannagan), Teaching Exceptional Children (2012)
The purpose of this article is to provide special education and general education teachers a...
Hearing their Voices: Factors Doctoral Candidates Attribute to their Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw), International Journal of Doctoral Studies (2012)
The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry was to examine persistence factors associated with the successful...
Navigating the Doctoral Journey: A Handbook of Strategies for Success (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw) (2014)
This co-edited book provides doctoral candidates with a practical, cross-discipline handbook for successfully navigating the...
Contributions to Books
Learning Challenges for Adults with Learning Disabilities (with Mark P. Mostert), The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2011)
The Efficacy of Special Education (with Kenneth A. Kavale), The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology (2011)
How can I get my scholarship published? (with David J. Baggett, Fernando L. Garzon, and Gary D. Isaacs), Jerry Falwell Library Events (2014)
On the Front Lines: The Role of Teachers in the Prevention of Child Trafficking Through Education and Awareness of Online Recruitment Tactics (with Timothy R. Spaulding), Virginia Educational Research Association (VERA) Annual Meeting (2014)
Generating an estimated 32 billion US dollars annually (International Labor Organization [ILO] 2009), sex trafficking...
Understanding the Role of Childhood Poverty in Doctoral Motivation and Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, James A. Swezey, and Carolyn Wicks), Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2014)
Overcoming Co-Teaching Challenges (with Sharon Gerst), YAI Network’s 33rd Annual International Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New York, NY (2012)
This presentation provides research results from a systematic grounded theory study conducted in an urban...
Strategies for Fostering Doctoral Student Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw), Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2012)
Strategies for Fostering Doctoral Student Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw), Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy: Proceedings (2012)
The purpose of this session is to present research-based strategies for improving doctoral candidate retention...