Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education


Dr. Katherine McCormick

Elected to Graduate Council

Malachy Bishop

Appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price
Appointed to University Academic Ombud
June 2011 - June 2012

Dr. Kim Townley & Dr. Jennifer Grisham Brown

June 2011 - May 2012

Dr.'s Townley and Grisham Brown served on the Internal Review Board to represent the insterests of early childhood.

Dr. Brian Bottge

William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Special Education

Brian Bottge is the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Special Education in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he was awarded Emeritus Status.

Dr. Bottge has been awarded grants from the James S. McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Educational Practice program, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the (IES) (Cognition and Student Learning, Goal 2) to develop an instructional method called Enhanced Anchored Instruction (EAI) for teaching adolescents who are low performing in math. Recently, he was awarded a four-year, $2.3 million grant (Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education) to conduct large-scale research to test the efficacy of EAI. He has combined his extensive classroom experience with learning theory to develop and test curricula for improving the mathematics achievement of students with disabilities. Findings from these studies have been reported in highly respected special education and general education journals. Recently, he served on the expert panel that prepared the U. S. Department of Education Practice Guide for Teachers on Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Learning, which can be accessed on the Doing What Works website.


Read more about the William T. Bryan endowed chair program which was established in 1999.

Brian's work has been featured in the 2009 Research Briefs, published online by the College of Education.

Dr. Katherine McCormick

James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service Learning Professorship

Dr. Katherine McCormick, Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education holds the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service Learning Professorship. This endowment was awarded to Dr. McCormick in January 2007. The Professorship supports community engagement and service-learning for all units across the campus and in near and far communities. Dr McCormick has focused her work in support of UK community engagement and service-learning through international, graduate/professional, and undergraduate efforts. She has worked with the UK Shoulder to Shoulder Ecuador project for the past three years and currently serves on their advisory board. Efforts to support graduate and professional schools have been focused on the medical colleges. This year, her work extends to undergraduate education. Dr. McCormick serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.



Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones

2009 Award recipient

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Kathy Sheppard-Jones is the 2009 Recipient of AUCD’s Young Professional Award, which will be given at AUCD’s Conference in DC at the Association’s Award Ceremony, in November, 2009.

"This award is presented to professionals in the disabilities field under the age of 40 years who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to people with developmental disabilities and their families through their work as a bridge between the academic sector and the community"

Kathy is the Pre-Service Training Director for the UK's Human Development Institute.