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Dr. Reid Linn
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  • B.S. Special Education and Early Childhood Education – East Carolina University
  • M.Ed. Special Education – University of Virginia
  • Ph.D. Special Education – University of Florida

Program Involvement:

  • Teaches in the K-12 Special Education programs.
  • Principal Investigator for the Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center – a grant funded project through the Virginia Department of Education.

Professional Experience:

  • Dean, The Graduate School (2006-present).
  • Associate Dean, College of Graduate and Outreach Programs (2004-2006).
  • Head of the Department of Special Education (1989-1995).
  • Program Coordinator for Special Education (1998-2001).
  • Former public school special education teacher for students, ages 7-21.  Teacher of adolescents with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders at two state residential centers.
  • Prior higher education experience includes serving as:  an educational diagnostician for the Department of Pediatric Neurology at UF Health Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, and adjunct instructorships at both Albany State University and the University of Florida.

Research and Grants/Contracts:

  • Current interests include: Leadership Character and Traits, Graduate Education, Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Numerous professional publications, research and technical reports.
  • Numerous educational workshops and conference presentations.
  • Grant awards and contracts totaling over $32 million.

Three Pieces of Advice for Future/New Teachers:

  • Love your students and be their best advocate.
  • Actively look to learn something new every day to make you a better teacher.
  • Rid yourself of the excuses for why you don’t know, or can’t do, something.

Personal Favorites:

Game Day Colors (purple & gold), Food (pizza or burgers), Bands/Musicians (the Doobie Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Steely Dan), Teams (JMU Dukes, Florida Gators, ECU Pirates, Virginia Cavaliers, Georgia Bulldogs), Wife (Susan), Children (Karie, Patrick, Michael, Sarah), Grandchildren (Lauren, Bennett, Phillip, Harper, Hannah), Fast Cars and Electric Guitars

View Dr. Linn's Curriculum Vitae