Professor of Special Education, Emeritus, Department of Special Education
Over the past thirty years, Dr. Ted S. Hasselbring has conducted research on the use of technology for enhancing learning in students with mild disabilities and those who are at-risk of school failure. Dr. Hasselbring began his career in higher education in 1977 as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the faculty of NCSU he was a special education teacher in New York. In 1982, Dr. Hasselbring joined the faculty of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University where for eighteen years he served as the Co-Director of the Learning Technology Center and conducted research on using technology for providing instruction in reading and mathematics. This research resulted in several widely used computer-intervention programs for struggling learners, these include READ 180, FASTT Math, and Simon SIO. In 2000, Dr. Hasselbring left Vanderbilt and joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky as the William T. Brian Professor and Endowed Chair in Special Education Technology. While at Kentucky he also served as the Executive Director of the National Assistive Technology Research Institute. In 2006, Dr. Hasselbring returned to Vanderbilt to resume his research and development activities in computer intervention.
Dr. Hasselbring is a graduate of Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree, the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree with a major in Biology, and an Ed.D. in Special Education. He has authored more than one hundred books, book chapters and articles on learning and technology and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. Dr. Hasselbring is the former president of the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Goals 2000 and the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. He was a member of the National Governor’s Association Committee on Improving High Schools as well as a member of Japan’s National Institute of Special Education. Currently he serves on the board of the George Lucas Education Foundation. In his free time Dr. Hasselbring enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, and piloting his airplane.