Dr. Cynthia Wilson

Dr. Cynthia L. Wilson served as Chairperson of AASF’s Grant Selection Committee from 2002 to 2019 and provided valuable input into the review and selection process. Dr. Wilson is a tenured Professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education, in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Her primary instructional focus is to prepare teachers to implement research-based, effective teaching practices in an effort to improve educational opportunities for children with mild to moderate disabilities and children who are at-risk for academic failure. In her tenure at FAU, she has been the Department Chair, the Director of a Teacher Education Project, and has taught 21 different courses.  She is co-author of the book, Leadership From the Ground Up: Effective Schooling  in Traditionally Low Performing Schools, has authored/co-authored more than 35 publications, and presented more than 40  papers at international, national, regional, and  state conferences. Dr. Wilson has also been the recipient of the FAU and College of Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and has been principal investigator/co-principal investigator of grants totaling more than $4 million dollars. She currently serves as Chairperson of the University and College of Education Promotion and Tenure Committee at FAU and is President of the national organization, the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education.  See the link below for Dr. Wilson’s current  grant project which provides tuition support for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorders to pursue a master’s degree.