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 Assistant 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. 

Articles

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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,...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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)
 

Presentations

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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)
 

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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...

 

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Strategies for Fostering Doctoral Student Persistence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw), Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2012)
 

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Applying Maslow's Hierarchy to the Parent/Teacher Relationship (with Deanna L. Keith Dr.), Virginia Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (2011)

We examine the parent/teacher relationship through Maslow’s (1943) Hierarchy of Needs, which theorizes that physiological...

 

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DISSECT: A Framework for Effective Inclusive Instruction in Science (with Jenny Sue Flannagan), National Science Teachers Association (2011)

In this presentation we present a framework for effective inclusive education in science.

 

Conference Proceedings

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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...