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Michael Skinner


Address: 86 Wentworth Street, #221
Office Hours: Monday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 843.953.8044 FAX: 843.953.8109

Professor Skinner has been employed as a professor of special education at the The College of Charleston since 1986 and currently teaches courses in the Bachelor of Science and  Master of Arts special education programs.  Dr. Skinner teaches a variety of courses at the College, including educational research, assessment, characteristics and procedures for teaching students with learning disabilities, classroom management, and introduction to educating exceptional children and youth. He is a field reviewer for two journals --Assessment for Effective Intervention and  Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties.

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Professor Skinner received his B.S. in special and elementary education from Bowling Green State University in 1974, his M.A. in school psychology from The Ohio State University in 1979, and his Ph.D. in special education from The Ohio State University in 1986. 

Research Interests

Professor Skinners' primary research interest is effective educational programming for high school and college students with learning disabilities.  He is also interested in identifying effective pedagogy at the post-secondary level.

Courses Taught

Spring Semester 2015 

EDFS 720: Assessment of Students with Disabilities (Thursday: 4:00-6:45 p.m.)

EDFS 330: Classroom/Behavior Management (Monday & Wednesday: 9:00-10:15 a.m.)

EDFS 440: Clinical Internship - Special Education (Undergraduate) (Thursday: 4:00-6:45 p.m.)

EDFS 797: Clinical Internship - Special Education (Graduate) (Thursday: 4:00-6:45 p.m.)

Honors and Awards

2013 Cougar Club Anita van de Erve Faculty/Staff of the Year Award

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  • Skinner, M.E., Smith, A.T. (2011).  Creating success for students with learning disabilities in postsecondary foreign language courses.  International Journal of Special Education, 26(2).
  • Skinner, M.E., & Fowler, R.E. (2010).  All joking aside:  Five reasons to use humor in the college classroom.  Education Digest, 76(2), 19-21.
  • Skinner, M.E., Gurganus, S. & Watson, S. (2009).  Principles of ethical practice:  Cases for illustration and dialog.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 45(1), 3-13.
  • Gurganus, S., Skinner, M.E., & Watson, 2. (2008).  CLD adopts principles of ethical practice.  LD Forum (January 2008)Intervention in School and Clinic, 43(2), 4-7.
  • Skinner, M.E. (2007).  Faculty willingness to provide accommodations and course alternatives to postsecondary students with learning disabilities.  International Journal of Special Education, 22(2), 32-45.
  • Skinner, M.E. (2004).  College students with learning disabilities speak out:  What it takes to be successful in postsecondary education.  Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability, 17(2), 91-104.
  • Skinner, M.E., & Lindstrom, B. (2003).  Bridging the gap between high school and college:  Strategies for the successful transition of students with learning disabilities.  Preventing School Failure, 47(3), 132-137.

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