Mackenzie Savaiano

Mackenzie Savaiano

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Mackenzie Savaiano

Assistant Professor of Practice

Ph.D., Special Education: Visual Disabilities, Vanderbilt University, 2014
M.Ed., Teacher of Blind and Visually Impaired, CUNY Hunter College, 2009
B.S. Teaching English 7-12, New York University, 2006

Mackenzie Savaiano is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. She coordinates the graduate program in Visual Impairments (VI), and her courses focus on assessment, educational planning, and instructional methods for teachers of students with visual impairments.

Mackenzie completed her teacher certification program in English Education at New York University and her master's degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired from CUNY Hunter College, before earning her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her primary interest is braille literacy.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2015-17, Scholarly Enhancement Program, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015, Dissertation of the Year, Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness, Council for Exceptional Children2014, Outstanding Graduate Award, Council for Exceptional Children2014, CEC-DVI Student of the Year, Division on Visual Impairments, Council for Exceptional Children
Experience
2014-present, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2010-14, Graduate Research Assistant, Program in Visual Disabilities, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee2008-10, Teacher, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, New York2007-08, Teacher, Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York2003-07, Teacher Assistant, Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York
Memberships
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually ImpairedCouncil for Exceptional ChildrenPediatric Cortical Vision Impairment SocietySociety for the Scientific Study of Reading