Donald D. Deshler

School of Education - Special Education, Center for Research on Learning
Professor Emeritus
Primary office:
785-864-4780
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 518
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Don Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas. Deshler serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several organizations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Governor’s Association, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Council on Families and Literacy, and the U. S. State Department. Through the Aspen Institute, he has worked with members of Congress to shape policies addressing the challenges of high school reform. Deshler was the first editor of the Learning Disability Quarterly. Among the awards he has received are the J.E. Wallace Wallin Award from CEC, the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, the Higuchi Research Achievement Award, the Distinguished Education Achievement Award from National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Educator of the Year Award from the Learning Disabilities Association, and the 2010 AERA Special Education Distinguished Researcher Award.

Selected Publications

Bradley, B., Knight, J., Harvey, S., Hock, M., Knight, D., Skrtic, T., Brassuer-Hock, I., & Deshler, D. (2013). Improving instructional coaching to support middle school teachers in the United States. In T. Plomp & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Educational design research – Part B: Introduction and illustrative cases (pp. 299-319). Enschede, the Netherlands: SLO.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Special Education, Minor: Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1974
  • MEd, Learning Disabilities, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1971
  • BA, Economics, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1968

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