Areas of Expertise

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


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


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

Previous Courses

First Year Colloquium: Disability, Society & Ethical Issues; First Year Seminars; Inaugural Paideia Professor (4 years); Action Research in Education; Survey of Exceptionalities; Cooperative Teaching & Collaborative Consultation; Early Childhood Intervention; Assessment for Students with Special Needs; Differentiated Instruction; Positive Behavioral Supports; Reading Methods I; Integrating Language Arts; Foundations and Curriculum; Reading in the Content Area; The Secondary Teacher

Honors and 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.


Dr. Adrian spends her time with family and friends. She is fortunate to have all three adult children living in the local area. She enjoys the luxury of having snuggle nights each week with her three grandchildren: Autumn, Gunnar, and Lily. Her personal past times are reading, quilting and traveling when time allows. Dr. Adrian comes from a family of educators who share the joys and challenges of teaching.