Vanessa Hinton

Clinical Professor

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Office: 1224B Haley Center

Units: Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling

Campus Mail: 2084 Haley Center


Phone: (334) 844-7694

Vita: view vita

Academic Area

Special Education

Short Bio

Vanessa Hinton, PhD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling at Auburn University. She is also a certified teacher.  

Her research interests are instruction and learning supports for children with disabilities. Her current research is the use of concrete-representational-abstract methods in learning mathematics. Dr. Hinton has several publications in top special education journals and conducted presentations in several peer reviewed conferences. She has been awarded a grant in building capacity for Alabama’s Early Intervention System through the use of telepractice in the implementation of services. Dr. Hinton is student centered in her approach to teaching and mentoring in the field of special education.  

Originally from Selma, AL, she married the love of her life, and they had three children- Johnathan, Nash, and Motley. She enjoys spending time with her family, Auburn sports, and the occasional date night with her husband.


Ph.D in Rehabilitation and Special Education, 2011, Auburn University

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, 1999, Auburn University

B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, 1997, Samford University

Professional Experience

2023 - Present

Clinical Professor, Auburn University

2017 - 2013

Associate Clinical Professor, Auburn University

2015 - 2016

Assistant Clinical Professor, Auburn University

2011 - 2015

Lecturer, Auburn University

2000 - 2011

Special Education Teacher, Dawson Elementary, Columbus, GA