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Christine Ashby

Christine Ashby
Associate Professor; Inclusive Master's Program Coordinator
Curriculum Vitae: Christine Ashby CV
Phone: 315.443.8689
Address: 330 Huntington Hall

Christine Ashby, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Inclusive Special Education and Disability at Syracuse University. She teaches across all levels of the program from undergraduate to doctoral, and coordinates the undergraduate Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and the 1-6 and 7-12 Inclusive Special Education Masters’ Programs. She is also the Director of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI), which conducts research, training and dissemination of information on communication strategies for individuals with disabilities who are non-speaking or who have limited speech.

Professor Ashby's teaching and research focus on inclusive education broadly, with specific emphasis on supports for students with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities, communicative diversity, disability studies, and clinically rich teacher preparation. Her work seeks to disrupt dominant notions of disability as deficiency and underscores the importance of considering the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities and creating contexts for competence in inclusive schools and communities.

Ashby’s work has been published in journals including the Equity and Excellence in Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Disability and Society, Teacher Education and Special Education, and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Her co-edited book, Enacting Change from Within: Disability Studies Meets Teaching and Teacher Education explores how disability studies can inform the practical work of teachers. She is also the co-editor of Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning. Current collaborative projects with the Syracuse City School District focus on issues of equity related to special education service provision and access to fine arts, athletics and accelerated classes for students across a variety of demographic factors.

Education

  • Ph.D. Special Education - Syracuse University (2008)
  • C.A.S. Disability Studies - Syracuse University (2007)
  • M.S. Special Education - Syracuse University (2001)
  • B.S. Special and Elementary Education - SUNY Geneseo (1995)

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Inclusive education and teacher preparation, Autism and communication, and Disability Studies

 

 

Honors

  • Excellence in Graduate Education Teaching Recognition Award, 2015
  • Teaching Recognition Award sponsored by the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors, 2013
  • Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Research in Education Award for Collaborative Research Syracuse University, School of Education, 2013 & 2014
  • Teacher Education & Special Education Outstanding Article, 2011
  • 2009 Dissertation Award for the Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association

Courses Taught

  • EDU/ DSP 203 - Introduction to Inclusive Schooling
  • SPE 434 - Collaborative Teaching for Inclusive Education (formerly titled Methods and Curriculum for Working with Students with Significant Disabilities)
  • SPE/ DSP 644 - Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms and Practices 
  • SPE/ DSP 700 - Narrating Competence: An Exploration of the Discourse of Autism 
 
 

Recent Publications

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