Faculty Information

Special Education Faculty


Dr. Cynthia Chambers
Graduate Program Coordinator

421 Warf-Pickel Hall



Dr. Jim Fox
Center For Excellence in Early Childhood

214 Warf-Pickel Hall


Ms. Kathy Greer
Cohort Advisor/Field Supervisor
Special Education and Early Childhood Programs
423 Warf-Pickel Hall

Galyon Keramidas  

Dr. Cathy Galyon Keramidas
Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator

316 Warf-Pickel Hall

Dr. Galyon Keramidas is an Assistant Professor and teaches early childhood special education courses. She is a former birth-3 interventionist, a preschool teacher for children with special needs, and a K-5th grade teacher of children with comprehensive disabilities.  She earned her B.A. at UT-Knoxville, her M.A. at Tennessee Tech, and her Ed. D. at University of Kentucky.  Prior to coming to ETSU Dr. Galyon Keramidas was a professor at West Virginia University.  Her research interests are adult online learners, assistive technology for young children with disabilities and autism.


Dr. Tina Hudson
Special Education Cohort Coordinator
305 Warf-Pickel Hall


Dr. Min Kyung Kim
Clinical Instructor

Warf-Pickel Hall


Dr. Min Kim is a Clinical Instructor and teaches Residency I and II Seminars and Advanced Practicum. She is a former full-time inclusive classroom teacher in elementary school in Seoul, Korea. She earned her B.Ed. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Elementary Special Education at Seoul National University of Education, and her Ph.D. in Special Education at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are reading instruction for students with special needs, assistive technology, and teacher education.

 mARKS   Dr. Lori Marks
Program Coordinator

301C Warf-Pickel Hall

Dr. Pamela Mims
Special Education Undergraduate Coordinator
204 Warf-Pickel Hall


Dr. Mims is an Assistant Professor and teaches graduate and undergraduate special education courses focused on severe disabilities. She is a former middle grades teacher of students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and autism.  She earned her B.A. at East Carolina University, her M.A. at Western Carolina, and her PhD at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research interests are strategies for providing access to the general curriculum and for students with significant disabilities and implementation of data based decisions in the classroom. She is currently the Principal Investigator of Access: Language Arts II, a Phase II IES SBIR research grant focused on providing access to aligned English Language Arts standards for students with significant disabilities via an iPad application. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator for an internal RDC grant, Teacher Support Program, that provides a variety of supports to help teachers of students with disabilities in order to reduce overall stress and burnout.


Dr. Arnold Nyarambi -
Special Education Coordinator of Residencies,
Preclinical & Advanced Practicum Placements

310 Warf-Pickel Hall


Arnold Nyarambi is an Assistant Professor and teaches behavior management and other special education courses. He is a former K-12 teacher, remedial Interventionist and instructional specialist in SPED, and assistant professor at Fairmont State University, WV. He holds a Ph.D in Exceptional Learning: Applied Behavior Analysis from Tennessee Tech University, an M.Ed from Shenandoah University, VA and a B.A Ed., from Africa University. He is a Coordinator of Residencies, Advanced Practicum and Preclinical Experiences. He directs Afro-Caribbean Drumming and Fine Arts for Children with Exceptionalities. He is a recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success; Oxford University Fellowship Award, England; Patricia Robertson Faculty Diversity Leadership Award, and College of Education Faculty Award for Diversity from ETSU. His research interests include comparative special education, behavior management, positive behavior supports, autism, multiculturalism and culturally responsive pedagogy and, the use of arts with children with exceptionalities.


Dr. John J. Wheeler
Director of the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development
209-6 Warf-Pickel Hall

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