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Charissa M. Owens

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, #317
Phone: 843.953.8057
E-mail: owenscm@cofc.edu


Charissa M. Owens, Ph.D. is a visiting assistant professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston. Originally from Florida, she is a state certified K-12 English language learner and special education teacher. In 2006, Dr. Owens was the recipient of the CEC Black Caucus Scholarship. She has been an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) for over a decade. She serves in leadership roles as the director of the College of Charleston Teaching Fellows Program and Coordinator for the college's Teacher Cadet Partership.  Dr. Owens' is dedicated to a professional career that will contribute to improving the pedagogy for culturally and linguistically diverse twice-exceptional gifted learners labeled emotionally disabled.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, August, 2007

Holmes Scholar

University of Central Florida, Orlando

Advisor: Mary Little, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Perceptions of the Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled Label on Educators’ Referral and Placement Decisions to Gifted and Talented Programs

Major: Exceptional Education

 

Master of Arts, May, 2004

University of South Florida, Tampa

Advisor: Betty Epachin, Ph.D.

Thesis: Supplying an Educational Demand

Major: Exceptional Education, Specific Learning Disabilities

Bachelor of Science, May, 2002

University of South Florida, Tampa

Department: Special Education

Major: Varying Exceptionalities

Licenses/Certifications, 2007-2012

Florida Certified Teacher in Varying Exceptionalities, K-12, with an ESOL endorsement


Research Interests

  • Multicultural Education
  • Twice-exceptional learners
  • Special and Gifted Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Serving Parents & Communities               
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Advocacy for children and youth
  • Student Assessment
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • School Choice for Diverse Learners

Courses Taught

Year(s)

Semester(s)

Course Number

Abbreviated Title

Institution

2015

Fall

MTLA 711

P – 12 Differentiation

College of Charleston

2014

Spring

EDFS 201

Foundation of Education

College of Charleston

2012

Fall/Summer

MTLA 607

Advocates for Youth

College of Charleston

2011 – 2015

Fall

FYSM 238

Teaching Fellows Seminar

College of Charleston

2010

Summer

MTLA 604

Sustaining Learning Comm.

College of Charleston

2010-2012

Fall/Summer

EDFS 711

Differentiated Instruction

College of Charleston

2010

Spring

EDFS 673

Assess Student Performance

College of Charleston

2009 – 2010

Fall

EDEE 409

Teaching Diverse Learners

College of Charleston

2009

Summer/Spring

EDFS 654

Human Growth & Dev.

College of Charleston

2008 – 2010

Fall/Spring

EDFS 760

GT Characteristics

College of Charleston

2008

Fall

EDFS 303

Human Growth & Dev.

College of Charleston

2008 – 2010

Fall

EDFS 201

Intro. to Education

College of Charleston

2008

Spring

EDFS 351

EBD Characteristics

College of Charleston

2008

Spring

EDFS 437

Assessment of SWD

College of Charleston

2008

Spring

EDFS 440/797

Clinical Experience

College of Charleston

2007

Fall

EDFS 440/797

Clinical Experience

College of Charleston

2007

Fall

EDFS 725

Classroom Management

College of Charleston

2007

Fall

EDFS 413

Field Experience II

College of Charleston

2007

Spring

EEX 3221

Assessment of SWD

University of Central Florida

2006

Spring

EEX6946

Clinical Experience II

University of Central Florida

2006

Spring

EEX 3940

Clinical Experience I

University of Central Florida

2005

Fall

EEX 3221

Assessment of SWD

University of Central Florida


Publications

Books

Marrah, C. (2009). Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled: Educators' Referral and Placement Decisions to Gifted and Talented Programs, VDM Verlag.

Papers in Review/Submitted

Book Chapters

Owens, C. M. (2015). Superseding institutional oppression. In Ford, D. Y., Trotman, Scott, M. & Goings, R., Wingfield, T. & Henfield, M. (Eds.) Race mentoring through social media. Black and Hispanic scholars share their journey in the academy (in press).

Owens, C. M. (2015). Adversity is knocking, let success answer it. In Ford, D.Y. Davis, J. L., Sealy-Ruiz, Y, Trotman Scott, M. (Eds.). Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating stories to inspire Females of Color (in press)

 Journal Articles

Owens, C., Ford, D., Libson, A., and Owens, M. “Shifting Paradigms to Better Serve Twice-Exceptional African American Learners” (in press).

Owens, M. and Owens, C. “Keep it in the family: African American mothers of children with disabilities and the researchers who ignore them.

Technical reports, manuals, tests, curricula, etc.

Berkeley Palms Academy Charter School. (2015). South Carolina Public Charter School District. [Charter School Application]. Owens, CM: Author

National Association of Holmes Scholars 2nd Annual Conference. (2009). Bridges for Success II: Understanding race, culture and language. [Brochure].  Marrah, CM: Author

Paraprofessionals Acquiring Certification in Exceptional Education. (2007). Project Paraprofessionals. [Brochure]. Marrah, CM: Author

General Knowledge Test Preparation Training. (2006). Paraprofessionals Acquiring Certification in Exceptional Education. [Training Modules]. Marrah, CM: Author

 

Other Scholarly Work

Owens, C.  (2013). A Call to Action for Precocious Preschoolers. National Association for Gifted Children Early Childhood Network Newsletter, Summer, 5 – 7.

Owens, C. (2013). Empowering our youngsters: Impatience. The Update. Winter, 9 – 10

Owens, C. (2012). Empowering our youngsters: Dissonance, The Update. Fall, 9 – 10

Owens, C. (2012). Empowering gifted potential in early learners: Part 1 ownership. The Update. Spring, 1 – 4.

Marrah-Owens, C. (2010). Balancing act: Supporting twice-exceptional learners. The Update. Spring, 3 – 5.

Marrah, C. (2010). Building a village to support a twice-exceptional learner. The Update. Fall, 3 – 5