Donald Deshler, Ph.D.

Donald Deshler Ph.D.

Donald Deshler

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.

The Center for Research on Learning,
Emeritus Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education,

Ph.D., Special Education, University of Arizona
M.Ed., Learning Disabilities, University of Arizona
B.A., Economics, Whitman College

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2010 AERA Special Education Research SIG, Distinguished Researcher Award

2010 Wheatley Fellow -Wheatley Institute, Brigham Young University

2009 Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education (2009)-University of Kansas


2007 Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor of Special Education-University of Kansas School of 


2007 Distinguished Education Achievement Award-National Center for Learning Disabilities 

2006 Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award-Exceptional Parent 

2003 Educator of the Year Award-Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina 

1997 Outstanding Professional of the Year-Council for Learning Disabilities 

1997 J. E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Distinguished Service Award-Council for 

 Exceptional Children 

1996 Distinguished Lecturer-Council for Learning Disabilities



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