Ted Stephen Hasselbring, who
will fill the first endowed chair in the UK College of Education, has a doctorate in
special education from Indiana University and has been on the faculty of Peabody College
of Vanderbilt University.
25, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today appointed Ted Stephen Hasselbring as the
first endowed chair in the College of Education.
who has a doctorate in special education from Indiana University, has been on the faculty
of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville since 1984. Prior to his Vanderbilt appointment, he was on the
faculty of North Carolina State University at Raleigh.
He also taught at Yorktown Heights, New York.
specialist in the development of computer software for teaching reading and mathematics to
persons with mild disabilities, Hasselbring served on a long-term project at Vanderbilt
called "Read 180" aimed at improving the reading skills of middle and high
180" was adopted as a name for the project because its aim was to turn around by 180
degrees the reading skills of some 10,000 middle- and high-school students in Orange
County, Florida, Hasselbring said. "These
students were 13 and 14 years old and could only read at the second- and third-grade
levels," Hasselbring said. The
successful computer-aided reading program has since become available commercially from the
the UK College of Education, Hasselbring said he would seek grants to help continue his
research and software development for teaching math and reading to kindergarten through
fourth grade schoolchildren. The
scientist said he plans to examine the use of voice recognition technology in his newest
research and development efforts.
said he began to hone both his interests and his skills in using technology to teach
persons with disabilities while he was a graduate student at Indiana University working in
the Center for Innovation in Teaching the Handicapped.
When microcomputers emerged in the 1980s while he
was on the faculty at North Carolina State, Hasselbring, the son of an engineer from
Lebanon, Ohio, began adapting that technology to his work.
In 1984, he won an award from the Council for Exceptional Children for a
software program that collected children's on-going performance data and helped teachers
make instructional decisions based on the data.
was a visiting scholar in China, the USSR, and Japan during the late 1980s. During those years, he said, the United States was
far ahead of those countries in the use of technology for teaching persons with
began appreciating the special educational needs of persons with handicaps when he was
about nine years old and his mother and father began caring for a nephew, Hasselbring's
uncle, who had severe physical disabilities resulting from Polio. "He was about my age and he was very
bright," Hasselbring remembers, "but he couldn't even go to high school because
of his disabilities."
uncle who had such a major influence on Hasselbring's educational interests eventually
earned a doctorate in nuclear physics from Stanford and had a successful teaching career
at the University of Texas in Austin.
Hasselbring has one son, a sophomore at Indiana University.