​​​Dr. Jennifer Wirz

​​Assistant Professor, Special Education
Special Education Unit Coordinator
Counseling and Special Education
EHS 356
(989) 774-3606

​Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Monday 3:00pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 2:00pm-3:3​0pm

​Educational Background:

Ph.D. Department of Education Psychology and Special Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 2010
Emphasis: Assessment, Co-teaching and Inclusive practices

M.S., Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2002
Emphasis: Behavior/Emotional Disorders

B.S. Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 1993

​Research Interests:
Areas of interest:
Dr. Wirz’s research interests include co-teaching and inclusive practices, professional development for in-service teachers, students with emotional/behavior disorders, assessment in education with emphasis on curriculum-based measurement, and special education policy and law.

Current projects:
Dr. Wirz is currently working with the Michigan Geographic Alliance on the Macomb Area Middle School Geography and History Project funded by the Michigan Department of Education to provide professional development to middle school social studies teachers.

Recent Presentations:

Harris, L.M., Wirz, J.P., & Hinde, E. (2013, November). Integrating geography and world history for all learners. Paper presented for the 93rd National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Wirz, J.P., & Hoffman, H.H. (2012, November). Facing their fears: Addressing concerns of pre-service​ special education professionals. Poster presented for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Johnson-Harris, K., & Wirz, J.P., Mundschenk, N.A. (2012, October). Universal design for learning: An empirically-supported intervention for students with EBD? Paper presented for the 2012 Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders, Tempe, AZ. 

​Service Interests:
Professional Memberships:
Council for Exceptional Children, 2006-present
Council for Children with Behavior Disorder, Division of the Council for Exceptional --Children, 2006-present
Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2006-present
Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2010-present
Research Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2011-present

Favorite Quote:
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

Best part of CSE:
The students! I love teaching the students in special education at CMU.  Their passion is inspiring. 
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