Susan Glor-Scheib, PhD, is a professor in the Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her 42-year career, she has worked with and on behalf of children with developmental and learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and their families. For 15 years as an educator, she worked with young children, middle school students, and high school students in public schools, private schools, and a psychiatric hospital. As an educational researcher throughout her doctoral program she had the good fortune to work on a five-year, federally-funded project to improve the reading skills of middle-school students with learning disabilities in two of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Since becoming a teacher education professor at IUP in 1993 she has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of inclusion, teaching methodologies, collaboration, and transition. She enjoys a balance of course work and student teaching supervision along with advocacy work through the PA Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.
Her book, Building Electronic Portfolios, provides strategies and a tool for empowering young people to participate in decision making and have a voice in their own future planning. In addition, she is involved in creating instructional media for individuals who assist children and adults with autism in high-stress situations. The first training package focused on emergency responders and provided assessment and communication tactics for calming and assisting persons with autism; the second training module is geared for emergency medical personnel as they provide services for children and adults with autism in emergency departments. Finally, other current research activities involve collaborative teaching in higher education because she believes that such critical teacher education skills need to be modeled, explored, and practiced at the pre-service level.