Emily Dorsey

Emily Dorsey

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Emily Dorsey

Assistant Professor of Practice

Ph.D., Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001

Emily Dorsey is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. She teaches early childhood special education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Emily also teaches distance graduate courses related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and collaboration with families. She is invested in building the knowledge and skills of pre-service and practicing teachers who work or will work in inclusive early childhood environments.

Emily completed her doctorate in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focused on collaborations between public and private early care and education programs, with special emphasis on how collaborative programs could best serve young children with disabilities.

During her time in Illinois, Emily was an active member of several statewide committees focused on providing high-quality inclusive early care and education for young children.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2014, Hardy Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2010-14, The William E. Albin & Charlotte C. Young Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2010-12, University Fellowship Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1997-2001, Chancellor's Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1999-2001, Dean's List, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2001, Agnes Robertson Memorial Scholarship, Alpha Delta Kappa
2015-present, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2009-12, Private Educational Consultant, Champaign, Illinois2005-09, Director, Educational Constructs, L.L.C., Chapel Hill, North Carolina2003-09, Community Assistance Program staff, Autism Society of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina2002-04, Counselor, Activity Director and Office Manager, Camp Royall, Moncure, North Carolina2003-04, Pre-K Special Education Teacher, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, North Carolina2002-03, Teaching Assistant, University Primary School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2001-02, Pre-K Special Education Teacher, Northwest Special Education Cooperative, Galena, Illinois2001, Pre-K Special Education Teacher, Harlem Consolidated School District, Machesney Park, Illinois2000, Teaching Assistant, Harlem Consolidated School District, Machesney Park, Illinois1995-2001, Childcare Provider, Christ United Methodist Church Daycare, Rockford, Illinois
2009-present, Council for Exceptional Children2017-present, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD), Council for Exceptional Children2014-present, Teacher Education Division, Council for Exceptional Children2009-present, Early Childhood Division, Council for Exceptional Children2011, American Educational Research Association