Dr. Emily Sobeck | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Emily Sobeck

    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Research and Teaching Interests

    • Paraeducator training and supervision for paraeducators, teachers, and administrators 
    • Performance feedback as a training tool 
    • Classroom management strategies for inclusive and special education settings 
    • Behavioral and academic strategies for students with autism 
    • Extended school year programming

    Education

    • University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education, April 2016 
    • California University of Pennsylvania, Master of Education, December 2011 
    • California University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in Education, December 2007

    Certifications

    • Principal Papers (PK-12)
    • Instructional II Special Education (PK-12) 
    •  Instructional II Elementary Education (K-6) 
    •  Instructional II English (7-12) 
    •  Autism Specialist (PK-12) 
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention 
    • Instructional I Special Education (PK-12) 
    •  Instructional I Elementary Education (K-6) 
    •  Instructional I English (7-12)

    Professional Experience

    • Assistant Professor of Special Education - Franciscan University of Steubenville 
    • Summer Adjunct Professor of Special Education - University of Pittsburgh
    • Research and Teaching Assistant, Doctoral Student, Apprenticeship in Special Education Instruction, Research, and Leadership (ASPIRE) Fellow - University of Pittsburgh
    • O’Donnell Learn: Subject Matter Expert, Primary content author for an online-based introduction to special education course offered by Carnegie Mellon-backed by Acrobatiq and SAGE publications. Course: Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families and Students
    • Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) Teacher (K-3), Chartiers Valley School District, Bridgeville, PA *2013 Program Development 
    • Special Education Teacher (Grades K -1, Resource and Inclusion) - Chartiers Valley Primary School
    • Special Education Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Grades 9-11, Reading Decoding, Reading Comprehension, English 9, English 10, English 11, Study Skills) - Baldwin High School

    Grants

    • 2018, Sobeck, E. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Faculty Development Travel Grant | $1450 
    • 2017, Sobeck, E. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Faculty Development Travel Grant | $345 2016, Sobeck, E. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Faculty Development Travel Grant | $1,166 
    • 2016, Sobeck, E. University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) Travel Grant | $450 2015, Kostewicz, D.E., & Robertson, R. 
    • (2015) Urban Special Education Scholars (USES). Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education | $1,245,458 Assisted in grant preparation | Not funded | Resubmitted & Funded 2018 
    • 2015, Sobeck, E. University of Pittsburgh School of Education ASPIRE Grant | $3,772. 2015, Sobeck, E. University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) Travel Grant | $175. 2015, Sobeck, E., & Robertson, R. University of Pittsburgh School of Education Student & Faculty Research Fund | $2,381. 2013, Sobeck, E. University of Pittsburgh School of Education ASPIRE Grant | $3,573.

    Publications

    Sobeck, E.E., (2019). Perspectives of current practice and barriers of paraeducator training for individual who work with students with autism in inclusive settings. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals

    Wynkoop, K. S., Robertson, R., & Sobeck, E.E. (2018). Effects of video modeling and video modeling plus prompting and reinforcement on daily living skills of a student with autism. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals

    Robertson, R.R., Schwartz, R., Sobeck, E. E., & Wynkoop, K. (2017). Participant diversity and generalizability in special education research: Parent-mediated behavior interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Remedial and Special Education, 38(5), 259-271. 

     Sobeck, E. E. (2016). Nine tips for creating an effective extended school year program for students with disabilities. Intervention in School and Clinic.

    Submitted for Publication 

     Sobeck, E.E., Robertson, R., & Smith, J. The effects of didactic instruction and performance feedback on paraeducators’ use of positive behavior support strategies in inclusive settings. Submitted to Exceptional Children (1/5/2018) 

     Manuscripts in Progress 

    Sobeck, E.E. & Robertson, R. (In preparation). Tips for Support Paraeducators Implementing Behavior Intervention Plans. 

    Research in Progress 

     Sobeck, E.E., Chopra, R., Uitto, D., Douglas, S., & Morano, S. (2018) Higher Education Paraeducator Survey Sobeck, E.E. & Reister, M. (2018) Effective Universal Antecedent Behavior Management Strategies for Students with Disabilities

    Honors and Awards

    • Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Teacher Education Division (TED) 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award 
    • Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholar 2015-2016 
    • University of Pittsburgh Research Registry’s “Highlight a Researcher” 
    • Research and Teaching Fellow, Doctoral Student, Apprenticeship in Special Education Instruction, Research, and Leadership (ASPIRE) Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning, Pittsburgh, PA (2012- 2016)
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude B.S. (2007) M. Ed (2011) 
    •  Honor’s College Graduate, California University of Pennsylvania (2007)
    • Delta Kappa Gamma: Alpha Pi Chapter -Dr. Lillian Fehr Education Grant Recipient (2007) 
    • Presidential Scholar, California University of Pennsylvania (2006) 
    • California University of Pennsylvania Dean’s List (2003-2007)
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