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NDNU Names New Director of Special Education Programs

Belmont, CA, September 4, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s School of Education and Leadership announced the appointment of Dr. Nicole Ofiesh, Professor of Special Education, and the new Director of the Special Education Credential and Master’s Programs.

Dr. Ofiesh brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Prior to joining NDNU, she was an Associate Professor of Special Education at California State University, East Bay. She was also a learning disabilities specialist, and faculty member at the University of Arizona, and Providence College. Her primary area of published research focuses on the accommodation of extended test time for individuals with learning disabilities.

She consults nationally on testing and persons with disabilities, and is dedicated to preparing teachers who can provide effective instruction and assessment for all students. Dr. Ofiesh is also an elected member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and is on the editorial boards of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice and the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disabilities.

More recently she has begun to explore the neuroscience of play and effective instruction.

“Dr. Ofiesh has taught on a variety of university settings, and has done extensive research in the field of learning disabilities,” said Dr. Joanne Rossi, Dean of the School of Education and Leadership. “We are so fortunate to have her expertise in the area of special education.”

Dr. Ofiesh looks forward to upholding NDNU’s outstanding reputation in teacher education. “I intend to expand the special education program with the continuation of research-infused coursework and practical skills for teachers,” she said.