Kathleen Puckett

7271 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Santa Catalina Hall 350 D
Associate Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680

Biography

Kathleen S. Puckett is embedded in the Arizona educational community through her work as special education program coordinator of the at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers. One of several responsibilities in this role is to work with the partner school districts in the college's iTeach program, teaching preservice teachers and coordinating with school district personnel. She is active in statewide special education leadership activities, serving as a State Board of Education appointee on the special education advisory panel, a member of Arizona's CEEDAR intensive support activities for special education program improvement, and an active member of the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children. She served as University Senate President and chair of the University Academic Council during the 2016-17 academic year, where she also served as  the chair of the Arizona Faculties Council, representing the three state universities as an ex-officio member of the Arizona Board of Regents. Her contributions to educational research are centered around access to and success in the general education curriculum for students with disabilities.

Professor Puckett has partnered with other researchers in the areas of language arts, technology, and other academic areas to inspire pre-service and in-service teachers to promote successful inclusive practices. She has extensive experience in services for special education students, assistive technology, and special education teacher development. Puckett has successfully directed grant activities requiring collaboration with school district personnel in four teacher recruitment and training grants in Arizona and Tennessee. She was the 2009 president of the Council for Exceptional Children. Professor Puckett is working with the Arizona Department of Education Office of Exceptional Education Services, the CEEDAR Center and representatives from state universities and community colleges to improve teacher training in inclusive practices and improved achievement in the areas of literacy and data-based decision making. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Education, University of Tennessee 1992. Dissertation: Teacher Thinking in Special Education: Longitudinal Differences in the Expression of Expertise.
  • Ed.S. Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Tennessee 1988. Thesis: The Knoxville City Schools Proficiency Project: An Effective Schools Approach.
  • M.S. Special Education, University of Tennessee 1975. Thesis: The Modified Dale-Chall Formula: A Statistical Comparison with Two Other Readability Formulas on Intermediate Level Basal Readers.
  • B.S. Social Studies Education, University of Tennessee 1970

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How do we develop teachers who are committed to inclusive practices that are optimal for all students, including those with disabilities?
  • In what ways can assistive and instructional technologies be used to promote successful achievement of academic standards and appropriate social skills for students with disabilities?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Puckett is working with the Arizona Department of Education Office of Exceptional Education Services, the  CEEDAR Center and representatives from state universities and community colleges to improve teacher training in inclusive practices and improved achievement in thee areas of literacy and data based decision making.  
  • As the University Senate President, Dr. Puckett named a special task force to develop a policy for Arizona State University on Open Access for research and creative works. Puckett appointed faculty and academic professionals from across the campuses and disciplines to this task force, and convened an advisory panel for experts from OKED, the Provost office, and the Library to assist with background research.  The task force will be making a recommendation for ACD policy change in Spring, 2017. 

Publications

Books

Hansen, C., Buczynski, S., & Puckett, K. (2015).  Curriculum and Teaching for the 21st Century.  San Diego CA:  Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Puckett, K. (2013) Differentiating Instruction:  A Practical Approach.  San Diego CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

O’Bannon, B. & Puckett, K. (2010). Preparing to use Technology: A Practical Guide to Curriculum Integration, 2nd edition. New York: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.                                                                                                 

Puckett, K. & Brozo,W.  (2008) Supporting Content Area Literacy through Technology. New York: Allyn and Bacon. 

O’Bannon, B. & Puckett, K. (2007). Preparing to use Technology: A Practical Guide to Curriculum Integration. New York: Pearson Allyn & Bacon. 

Chapters in Books:

Puckett K. and Fisher, K.  (2018) in Ellen B Braaten (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Thousand Oaks CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483392271

Puckett, K. (2015). Technologies for persons with physical disabilities.  In Spector, J. Michael. (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, Volume 2.  Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, 714-715.

Puckett, K. (2015). Technologies for persons with visual impairments.  In Spector, J. Michael. (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, Volume 2.  Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, 716-718.

Puckett, K. & O’Bannon, B.  (2011) Technology Applications for Students with Dyslexia.  In Wendling, B. & Mather, N., Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention,  Hoboken,NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Puckett, K. & O’Bannon, B.  (2011) Technology applications for students with special needs:  Unlocking the potential, opening a world of possibilities. In S. Abramovich, Ed., Computers and Education, Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

Puckett, K., Mathur, S., & Zamora, R. (2017) Implementing an Intervention in Special Education to Promote Social Skills in an Inclusive Setting.  Journal of International Special Needs Education, 20, (1)

 

Gerhke, R., Harris, P. & Puckett, K. (2014). Field Experiences and Perceptions of Inclusion: Varying Contexts, Structures, and Interpretations. The Journal of the International Association of Special Education, 15 (2), 85-93.

 

Sandberg, H., Hansen, C., Puckett, K. (2013) Increasing Engagement through Music and Movement. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 17 (4).

 

Puckett, K.S. & McCoy, K.M. (October, 2013) Parents as Teachers of Children with Autism in the Peoples' Republic of China. Journal of International Special Needs Education 16 (2), 68-81. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.9782/2159-4341-16.2.68

 

Amrein-Beardsley, A., Zambo, D., Moore, D. W., Buss, R. R., Perry, N. J., Painter, S. R., Carlson, D. L., Foulger, T. S., Olson, K., & Puckett, K. S. (2012, April). Graduates respond to an innovative educational doctorate program. Journal of Research on Leadership in Education, 7(1), 98-122. doi: 10.1177/1942775112440630

 

Tovar, A., Hansen, C.C., & Puckett, K. (2011). From Paper to Pocket: Using Technology to Inform Literacy Intervention in a Kindergarten Classroom. The Journal of Literacy and Technology, 12(2) (2-27). http://www.mendeley.com/research/paper-pocket-using-technology-inform-literacy-intervention-kindergarten-classroom/

 

Puckett, K., Shea, C., & Hansen, C. (2011). Discourse + Technology/Collaborative Learning = Fraction Success. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 5(1) (68-84)

 

Puckett, K., Judge, S., & Brozo, W. (2009).  Integrating Content Area Literacy and Assistive Technology:  a Teacher Development Institute.  Southeastern Teacher Education Journal, 2(2) 27-38.

 

Puckett, K. (2006) An Assistive Technology Toolkit:  Type II Applications for Students with Mild Disabilities. In C. D. Maddux &d.L. Johnson, Eds.  Classroom Integration of Type II Uses of Technology in Education. 107-117.

 

Wilhelm, L., Puckett, K., Beisser, K. Merideth, E., Sivakumaran, T., and Wishart, W.  (2006, August) Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Electronic Portfolios at Three Universities.  Tech Trends, 50 (4) 62-71.

 

Judge, S., Puckett, K., & Bell, S. M. (2006). Closing the Digital Divide: An Update from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, The Journal of Educational Research, 100(1), 52-60.

 

O’Bannon, B., Puckett, K. and Rakes, G. (2006). Using Technology to Support Visual Learning Strategies. Computers in Education, 23 (1/2) p. 125-137.

 

Puckett, K. (2005) An Assistive Technology Toolkit:  Type II Applications for Students with Mild Disabilities.  Computers in the Schools, 22(3/4).

 

Puckett, K., Bell, S., Turner, T., Long, V., Winters, J.  (2005). Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification: One University’s Response to Meeting the Needs of the Profession. Tennessee Education, 35 (1) 5-14

 

Puckett, K & Brozo, W. (2004). Using Assistive Technology to Teach Content Area Literacy for Students with Disabilities.  College Reading Association Yearbook 26, 462-479. 

 

Puckett, K.  (2004)  Project ACCESS:  Field Testing an Assistive Technology Toolkit for Students with Mild Disabilities.  Journal of Special Education Technology, 19.(2)

 

Judge, S., Puckett, K., & Burcu C. (2004).  Digital Equity: New Findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study.  Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 36, (4).

 

Bell, S.M., Threatt, P. T., Schindler, W.J., & Puckett, K. (2004) Current themes in educational action research at a university teacher training program. Tennessee Education, 33(2)5-14.

 

Puckett, K.  (2002) Final Report of Project ACCESS:  Accessing Curriculum content for Special Education Students.  Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

 

Brower,J., Warren-Kring,B.,  Puckett, K., Hardaway,J.,  Davidson, L.,  Tanner, M., Bibler, T., Donahoo, D.,  Stewart, C.  & Childs, K.  (2000)  .Alternative Certification Program:  A Collaborative Effort Between Hamilton County Department of Education and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.    Mid-South Educational Research Association, Bowling Green, Kentucky.  November 14, 2000  ERIC document TM032134.

 

Gettys, C., Ray,B., Rutledge, V., Puckett, K. & Stepanskie, J.  (1999)  The Professional Development School Experience Evaluation.    ERIC document:  ED 437 357. 

 

Gettys, C., Puckett, K., Stepanske, J. & Ray, B.  (1998).  Collaboration on the Teacher Education Scene:  An Academic Year in the Classroom.  ERIC document ED428041.

 

Puckett, K.  (1996). Practice what you preach:  Integrating technology into your instruction.  ED 401 691.

 

Puckett, K. & Littleton, M.  (1996).  Creating multimedia:  An effective way to demonstrate the power of assistive technology.  Closing the Gap, 15(4) 9-18. 

 

McClam, T. & Puckett, K.  (1992).  Qualities of Effective Supervision:  Changes in Novices’ Perceptions.  Human Services Educator, 12(1) 13-22.

 

Puckett, K. & McClam, T. (1991).  Qualities of Effective Supervisors:  The expectations of prospective student teachers.  The Teacher Educator, 26 (4): 2-8.

 

McClam, T. & Puckett, K.  (1991).  Preservice students speak: what we expect of our supervisors.  Tennessee Education, 20 (3): 14-18.

 

McClam, T. & Puckett, K.  (1991)  Pre-Field Human Service Major’s Ideas About Supervisors.  Human Services Educator, 11(1) 23-29.

 

Conference Proceedings:

Puckett, K., & Mruczek, C., Fox, A. (2015) Perceptions of Inclusive Practices and Principles among Teacher Educators in India.  International Association of Special Education Conference Proceedings, Wroclaw, Poland. 

 

Tian, Huiping & Puckett, K. (2015). Supporting Teachers of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in China. International Association of Special Education Conference Proceedings, Wroclaw, Poland. 

 

Puckett, K. & Zamora R. (2014). Friends with Autism.  Division of International Special Needs Education Conference Proceedings, Braga, Portugal. 

 

Puckett, K. (2011) Technology Applications for Students with Disabilities: Tools to Access Curriculum Content. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lisbon Portugal, 3046-33899.

 

Puckett, K. and Maldonado, C.  (2009). Recruiting special education teachers for high need geographic areas.  International Association of Special Education Conference, Alicante, Spain.  July, 2009

 

Puckett, K., Sivakumaran, T., & Wishart, W.  (2004) Integrating an assistive technology toolkit with content literacy strategies:  A model for teacher support and training. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lugano, Italy.

 

Puckett, K., Davis, A., Heinrick, K., McDaniel, K., & Rosen, L.  (2004)  Technology as a tool to enhance K-3 standards-based learning:  Successful applications from Project Impact.  Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 2004, 3582-3586.

 

O'Bannon, B. & Puckett, K. (2003). A web-based interactive module that promotes learning. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Honolulu HI, 1354-1356.

 

O'Bannon, B. & Puckett, K. (2003). Online lesson library: Vital link in training of new teachers. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 2003, 3740-3743.

 

O'Bannon, B., Nonis, A., Skuda, S., Puckett,.K.  (2002) Facilitating Systematic Change in Teacher Education: A Model for Technology Infusion.  Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, March 2002. 

 

Littleton, M. & Puckett, K.  (1998). Comparing Communication Systems:  Some Important Questions to Consider. Southeast Augmentative Communication Conference Proceedings   October  31, 1998.  Birmingham, Alabama

 

Puckett, K. & Littleton, M.  (1997) Empowering people with disabilities for inclusion through technology today.  Southeast  Augmentative Communication Conference Proceedings.  October 3-4, 1997.  Birmingham, Alabama. 

 

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 784Internship
TEL 791Seminar
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
TEL 792Research
EDA 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
TEL 494Special Topics
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 424Cross-Categorical Spec Ed II
DCI 784Internship
EDA 792Research
TEL 792Research
EDA 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
TEL 792Research
EDA 792Research

Service

2014-2018       Arizona Board of Education Special Education Advisory Committee, member

2017-2019       Chair, Non Tenure Eligible Personnel Evaluation Committee, MLFTC

2016-2017       Arizona Faculties Council Representative to the Arizona Board of Regents

2016-2017       University Senate President and Chair of the University academic council

2012-2015      Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Member 

2013-2014      University Senate, President Elect Polytechnic Campus 

2009               Council for Exceptional Children, President 

Work History

<p>2004- Present:&nbsp;Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. During academic year 2009-2010, served as the Interim Associate Dean.</p> <p>2000-2004:&nbsp;&nbsp;Associate Professor, University of Tennessee.&nbsp; Responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Special Education methods for mild/moderate disabilities, assistive technology, assessment, and research.&nbsp; Served as faculty advisor for Project Impact, a PT3 Grant.&nbsp; Coordinated the Individualized Instruction Program and led the cross training of elementary and special education interns.&nbsp; Directed <em>Teacher Recruitment Initiative in Tennessee</em> (TRI-IT) a Title II teacher recruitment grant.</p> <p>1992-2000:&nbsp;&nbsp;University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.&nbsp; Assistant Professor, 1992-1997.&nbsp; Named UC Foundation Associate Professor, 1997.&nbsp; Responsibilities included teaching courses in awareness and accommodation of students with disabilities to prospective general education teachers, classroom methods and assessment techniques in mild and severe disabilities, assistive technology, instructional design, classroom use of computers, multi-media, and other technology.&nbsp; Redesigned components of methods courses for the cross training of Special and General Education majors in Professional Development Schools.&nbsp; Appointed to the Graduate Faculty.&nbsp; Coordinator of the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Program of Study at the Masters level.&nbsp;</p> <p>1974-1989&nbsp;&nbsp; Special Education Supervisor, Knoxville City and Knox County Schools.&nbsp; Supervised over 70 teachers in thirty-five elementary, middle and high schools and was responsible for evaluation, inservice training, and the development of policies and procedures in response to state and federal regulations governing the education of children with disabilities.&nbsp; Activities also included coordination with general education curriculum and membership on the Adopt-A-School Advisory Board.1973-1974&nbsp;&nbsp;Support Team Teacher, Prevention Intervention Project, Knoxville City Schools.&nbsp; Developed support systems for teachers and parents of high-risk elementary students using the Re-Ed model.</p> <p>1970-1973: Special Education Teacher, Anderson County (Tennessee) Schools.&nbsp; Taught vocational and academic skills to students with exceptionalities at Norwood Junior and Clinton Junior High Schools. Coordinated student needs with Vocational Rehabilitation services.&nbsp;</p>