SUSAN O'ROURKE, EdD
Director, Special Education
Susan's interests include international special education focusing on vulnerable children in developing countries and the integration and harnessing of technology - specifically the use of video conferencing to support student engagement and learning, the use of assistive technology by students with special needs, and distance education. She specializes in the teaching and learning of children with autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities and children with social, emotional and behavioral disorders.
BEVERLY BARKON, PhD, MSL, NCED
Professor, Special Education
Beverly Barkon holds a PhD from Northwestern University in communication disorders, field of learning disabilities, a master of studies in law (MSL) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in the fields of education and disability law, and an MA in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She has been a faculty member in the school of education program in Special Education since 2002 and currently holds the rank of professor. Her courses include the topics of inclusion, teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities, school law, assessment and transition to adulthood for individuals with disabilities at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She is currently developing and teaching a number of special education courses for the online environment.
Kathleen holds a master of education degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Early Intervention. She has worked for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for 23 years in a variety of positions, including a special education classroom teacher for young children with multiple abilities. Kathleen currently serves as a special education coordinator, providing guidance and support to children, families and staff in early intervention settings. She is also a co-chair of the Pittsburgh/Allegheny County LICC, local interagency coordinating council, working to promote the importance of families in the educational process and to increase their knowledge of the early intervention system. As an higher education instructor of over 10 years, Kathleen encourages a positive learning environment, active learning with thought provoking instruction and full on student engagement. She believes that all of life is learning and that while play is the only way children learn, we can all learn to play a little more!
Pauline has been active in regular and special education for over 35 years and her teaching experience has spanned teaching students in preschool through high school. Teaching responsibilities included teaching students in regular education and students with learning, cognitive and autistic disabilities. During her ten years in the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS) Maryland, she was actively involved in coordinating, teaching and implementing inclusive education practices in the Montgomery County Public School system. In addition she also coordinated the gifted and talented program for students with disabilities at Northwood High School which was one of the three MCPS high schools in the county that provided this specialized program.
For the full directory of all Special Education staff, please see Undergraduate Programs or Graduate Programs faculty pages.