Directors & Advisors

Dr. John Doak - Director Emeritus
Dr. Doak's passion for serving students with diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs inspired his development of the Educator Preparation Program at The Texas Institute for Teacher Education. The primary mission of the Institute is to prepare classroom teachers to address learner variability through Universal Design for Learning, an evidence-based framework for helping all K-12 students attain high academic achievement. Dr. Doak is a member of the CAST UDL Professional Learning Cadre, the "premiere"" group for providing professional learning services on CAST's behalf. In addition to serving as the Director of Academic Services for the Institute, he currently serves the special education profession as a program reviewer for the national Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). During 2015, he was appointed as a site visitor for the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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Dr. J. Rodney Short - Advisory Board Chairman
Dr. Short, Professor Emeritus at Texas Woman's University, is the Chairman of The Texas Institute for Teacher Education Advisory Board. He is a highly acclaimed public speaker, former Associate Dean of the College of Education at Texas Woman's University, and author of Lessons Learned from Kipling's "If." He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Texas Superintendent's Academy. Dr. Short holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Alabama.
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Dr. Gamal Attia Khalil Fayed - International Special Education Advisor
Dr. Gamal Attia Khalil Fayed is a professor of special education and Manager of Quality Assurance and Unit Accreditation at Mansoura University, Egypt. Dr. Fayed is currently an international visiting scholar in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Fayed is a former school psychologist at the Institute of Blindness, Egypt. He has authored four textbooks and over thirty articles related to special education in Egypt. His professional contribution to the international special education field also includes the design and development of eleven psychological assessment instruments. Dr. Fayed holds the doctorate, masters, and Diploma in Education from Mansoura University, Egypt. He completed a B.A. Honors in Psychology at Ein Shams University, Egypt.
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