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Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

Associate Professor

Special Education and literacy
vancouver campus
VUB 331
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave,
Vancouver, WA  98686-9600


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Dr. Michael Dunn has two main research interests: literacy skills/strategies and response to intervention. He develops literacy skills/strategies that help struggling readers and writers manage academic tasks. He also researches Response to intervention (RTI) as a new method of instruction and assessment for learning disabilities.

Teaching/professional interests

As an elementary/middle school teacher in the Toronto area for eleven years, Dr. Michael Dunn taught second-language education, kindergarten, and special education/English as second language. At Washington State University, Dr. Michael Dunn teaches the following courses at the master’s and doctoral level: Education to Exceptional Children, Teaching Students with Disabilities, Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities, Inclusion Strategies for Special Education Teachers, Prevention and Remediation of Reading Disabilities, Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms, Seminar in Response to Intervention, Seminar in Response to Intervention across the Core Academic Curriculum, Seminar in Single-Subject Design Methodology.

Recent accomplishments

Dr. Michael Dunn has been the recipient of three awards in recent years. The Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading (OTER, a group within the International Literacy Association) chose his 2011 published manuscript in the Journal of Reading Education as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Article Award. The article was about teachers’ suggested best practices for writing-skills instruction. Dr. Michael Dunn received a 2009-2010 College of Education Faculty Funding Award which included observing and interviewing teachers in New York City, Washington, DC, as well as the southwest Washington State area. In 2012, the College of Education awarded Dr. Michael Dunn the Judy Nichols Mitchell Research Fellow Award, which provided $10,000 for his research in each academic year across 2012-2015. In 2010, the Department of Teaching and Learning awarded Dr Dunn the External Funding Award in recognition of the grants that he received for research and teaching materials (e.g., test kits and software used in schools).

You may view Dr Dunn’s social networking sites (each link opens in a new browser tab or window):  TwitterLinkedIn, and Blogger.

To see Dr Dunn’s full list of publications, click here.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Special Education/Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2005
  • M.A.Ed. Literacy Education, Mt. St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
  • B.A./B.Ed. Second-Language Education/Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1991

Find Dr. Michael Dunn’s Vancouver campus webpage here.

Washington State University