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Faculty Experts

Sherry Adrian

Associate Professor of Education


Areas of expertise
Educator preparation in special education; Differentiated Instruction; Collaborative Teaching; Instructional Assessment


PhD,University of Texas, Austin 1990 0
MEd,University of Arizona 1979 0
BA,University of North Texas, 1977 0


Associate Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 1993 - present
Dr. Adrian's primary teaching responsibilities are in special education and action research. She currently serves as Chair of the Education department and has served as the university's Certification Officer for Teacher Certification for the past 11 year

Part-time Instructor
Austin Community College
January 01, 1989 - May 01, 1994

Curriculum Supervisor/Developer
Texas Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation
October 01, 1987 - August 01, 1993

Marketing & Circulations Educational Journals
Proed, Inc.
January 01, 1984 - May 01, 1987

Oaks Psychiatric Treatment Center
August 01, 1981 - May 01, 1983

Tucson Unified School District
August 01, 1979 - June 01, 1981

Honors & Awards

In 2012, Dr. Sherry Adrian received the Teaching Award for tenured faculty.  The award was created by the Southwestern faculty in 1999 to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and comes with a $2,000 prize.Nominations for the award are submitted by students in the spring semester, and recipients are selected by the Honorary Degrees Committee. ?In all my years, I have never seen a teacher have more love than Dr. Adrian does for her students,? said Paul Burgess, a student who nominated her for the award.

In 2011, Dr. Sherry Adrian was awarded the Dishman Endowed Professorship for Special Education. The Dishman Professorship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Dishman in 1972 to fund a professorship in special education.

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Preservice teacher training Disability and Special Education Issues Collaboration and Co-teaching

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1620(office)
Office: PRC 240