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About Pamela J. Mims

Dr. Mims is an Associate Professor of Special Education as well as Associate Dean of Research and Grants in the College of Education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate special education courses focused on severe disabilities. She taught middle grades for 7 years in a classroom for students with profound, multiple disabilities and autism. She earned her Undergrad in Special Education at East Carolina University, Masters Degree in Severe Disabilities at Western Carolina University, and PhD in Special Education with a focus on Severe Disabilities at UNC Charlotte. Her research interests include: (a) examining the use of systematic instruction strategies for providing access to the general curriculum for students with low incidence disabilities, (b) examining the use of technology to promote access to the general curriculum, and (c) implementation of data based decisions in the classroom. Dr. Mims has authored several curricula focused on using evidence based practices to promote access to grade aligned ELA and early literacy skills. She is currently the PI of a Phase II IES SBIR research grant with Attainment Company focused on providing access to grade aligned ELA standards for students with significant disabilities via an iPad application.

Positions

Present Associate Dean of Research and Grants, East Tennessee State University Clemmer College
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Present Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University Educational Foundations and Special Education, Clemmer College
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2017 Current practices and effectiveness of professional development in special education in rural environments
Spencer Foundation
$48,350
2016 Vanderbilt postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities community conversation mini grant
Vanderbilt
$1,000
2014 - 2016 Phase II: Access: Language Arts
Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Education
Role: Principal Investigator
2014 - 2015 Teacher Support Program: A Multicomponent Program to Improve and Retain Special Educators
ETSU Research Development Committee
Major Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Fox
$9,783
2013 Access: Language Arts
Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Education
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Member, TASH Research and Publications Committee
2015 - Present Board Member, American Council on Rural Special Education
2015 - Present Editorial Review Board Member, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities Journal
2014 - Present Editorial Review Board Member, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Journal
2014 - Present Editorial Review Board Member, Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services Journal
2013 - Present Member, North Carolina TASH
2013 - Present Editorial Review Board Member, Rural Special Education Quarterly
2011 - Present Executive Board Member and Professional Development Committee Co-chair, Division for Physical, Health, and Multiple Disabilities
2011 - Present Member, Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis
2007 - Present Member, Association for Behavior Analysis
2007 - Present Member, North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis
2007 - Present Member, TASH
2006 - Present Member, Council for Exceptional Children
Present Member, Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children
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Honors and Awards

  • 2004-2005 - Teacher of the Year- Progressive Education Program
  • 2005-2006 - Ruth Henderson Award- Buncombe County Schools
  • 2007-2008 - North Carolina Association for Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Rising Star Student Award
  • 2008 - North Carolina Applied Behavior Analysis Best Student Poster Award
  • 2008-2009 - North Carolina Applied Behavior Analysis Student Scholarship Award
  • 2007-2008 - Snyder Distinguished Doctoral Fellow for University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 2010 - Council for Exceptional Children-Division of Research-Student Research Award in Single Subject Research
  • 2015 - ETSU Clemmer College of Education Outstanding Research Award
  • 2017 - Recipient of the American Council on Rural Special Education Research Article of the Year Award

Courses

  • SPED 5250 - Special Topics: Teaching Reading and Math to Individuals with Disabilities (Graduate)
  • SPED 3400 - Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities (Graduate)
  • SPED 3445 - Assistive Technology (Undergraduate)
  • SPED 5250 - Medical Aspects in Special Education (Graduate)
  • SPED 5250 - Instructional Methodology in Special Education (Graduate)
  • SPED 5500 - History, Issues, and Trends in Special Education (Graduate)
  • SPED 5700 - Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Graduate)
  • SPED 5587 - Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities (Graduate)
  • SPED 5960 - Thesis in Special Education (Graduate)
  • SPED 4700 - Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Undergraduate)
  • SPED 3350 - Medical Aspects in Special Education (Undergraduate)
  • SPED 5365 - Integrating Functional Skills into Curriculum (Graduate)
  • SPED 3365 - Integrating Functional Skills into Curriculum (Undergraduate)
  • SPED 5445 - Applications of Assistive Technology and Medical Aspects in Special Education (Graduate)
  • SPED 3445 - Applications of Assistive Technology and Medical Aspects in Special Education (Undergraduate)
  • SPED 4587 - Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities (Undergraduate)

Education

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2009 PhD, Special Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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2004 MA Ed., Special Education, Western Carolina University
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1999 BS, Special Education, East Carolina University
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Contact Information

PO Box 70547
Johnson City, TN 37614
 
Office: Warf-Pickel 319
Phone: 423-439-7145

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Articles in Referred Journals (12)

Books (1)

Chapters (2)

iPad Applications (2)

National/International Presentations (49)