Short BioShalece Kohnke, Ph.D., is a faculty member specializing in special education. Her professional goals are to improve immediate and long-term outcomes for students with disabilities served within inclusive secondary classrooms through research and supporting general and special educators to implement evidence-based practices. Dr. Kohnke’s research primarily focuses on secondary and post-secondary, Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) settings, through the lens of learning sciences.
Dr. Kohnke received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizing Special Education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She received her M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Behavior Disorders from the University of Louisville, and she received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Central Florida, specializing in Exceptional Education.
Dr. Kohnke was also selected as a 2022 DRK-12 Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) fellow. She became a faculty member at Auburn University in 2023.
2023 - Present
Assistant Professor, Auburn Unviersity
- Students with disabilities served within general education classrooms
- i.e., mild-moderate disabilities
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction and achievement
- Inclusive, secondary and post-secondary settings
- The disability experience
- Viewing individuals with disabilities from a strengths-based approach