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Andrea Jasper, Ph.D., is the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellow and a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Central Michigan University where she teaches coursework in special education, specifically on intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, diversity, equity and inclusion, and transition.  

She has traveled internationally as a faculty leader for study abroad experiences focused on students with disabilities. Dr. Jasper has had various experiences working with, and advocating for, individuals with exceptional needs. Her research interests focus on learners with low-incidence disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders, classroom management, and issues of diversity. She has authored or co-authored over 20 publications and has presented her work more than 70 times at multiple international/national, state, and local conferences.   

Dr. Jasper is actively involved with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), in which she currently serves as President Elect, as well as the Michigan chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC). Indeed, she has been a member of CEC since 2008 and has served in a variety of leadership positions within the organization including: Chair of the Diversity Caucus of the Teacher Education Division (TED), Treasurer of the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), Reviewer on the Editorial Board for the TEACHING Exceptional Children journal, and a Member-at-Large for Diverse, Ethnic, and Multicultural Groups on the CEC Board of Directors.  

Prior to earning her Ph.D. at Purdue University, she worked as a special education teacher at the secondary level and a paraeducator at the elementary level. She is very passionate about the field of special education and her previous years of experience at the K-12 level contribute to her effectiveness as a teacher educator, leader, and role model for others. 

Ph.D., Special Education, Purdue University 

M.S.Ed., Special Education, Purdue University 

B.A., African American Studies, Purdue University