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Dr. Katherine Mitchem


  • B.S.: European Studies and German, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
  • M.Ed.: Secondary Education with English minor, Drury College
  • Ph.D.: Special Education (behavioral disorders, applied behavior analysis), Utah State University


Dr. Mitchem is the inaugural recipient of the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust Endowed Chair in Education at Cal U. Philanthropist Edith L. Trees was the mother of a child who was developmentally delayed. Awards from the Edith L. Trees Charitable Endowed Chair may be used to support Mitchem's scholarly pursuits by funding research, equipment, travel, graduate assistantships and similar expenses.

She also coordinates the Annual Autism Conference at Cal U.

Among her other accomplishments:

  • Faculty member for six years at West Virginia University
  • Coordinated a large, federally funded prevention project in middle and high schools of an inner-city school district
  • Worked as a consultant and staff developer in districts in West Virginia and Maryland to help develop academic and social programming for students at risk for emotional and behavior disorders
  • Past president, West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children
  • Co-editor, Rural Special Education Quarterly
  • Reviewer on two scholarly research journals
  • Director on a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Preservice Training Improvement Grant
  • Collaborates with the departments of Mathematics and Biology on a Preservice Training Improvement Grant through the U.S. Department of Education
  • Co-director on Institute for Education Sciences project, "Electronic Performance Support Systems as Assistive Technologies: Improving Secondary and Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities"
  • Co-director on a Phase 2 Steppingstones project, "Implementation of Electronic Performance Support Systems Tools for Students with Mild Disabilities: Field-based Research"
  • Research partner on Phase 3 Steppingstones project, "Implementation of Case-Based Instruction in Multiple Contexts"
  • Published widely in the area of self-management interventions, effective professional development and sustaining change in teacher practice
  • Presenter at the American Council on Rural Special Education


  • K-12 Multicategorical Special Education (West Virginia)
  • K-6 Autism (West Virginia)
  • 7-12 Autism (West Virginia)
  • 9-12 German (West Virginia)
  • 5-12 German (Utah)

Selected Publications

  • Mitchem, K., Koury, K., Fitzgerald, G., Hollingsead, C., Miller, K., Tsai, H., and Zha, S. (2009). Impact of instructional implementation on learning with interactive multimedia case-based instruction. Teacher Education and Special Education
  • Fitzgerald, G., Hollingsead, C., Miller, K., Mitchem, K., Koury, K., Park, M., and Tsai, H. (2009). Implementing case-based instruction in higher education through technology: What works best? Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.
  •   Mitchem, K., Fitzgerald, G., Koury, K., Cepel, C., and Boonseng, T.  (2009). Electronic performance support system tools (EPSS) to enhance success in school for secondary students with special needs. In Leo Tan Wee Hin and R. Subranamiam (Eds.). "Handbook of Research on New Media Literacy at the K-12 Level: Issues and Challenges."
  • Information Science Reference: Hershey, Pa.

Research Interests

Bridging the research-to-practice gap in special education through effective preservice and inservice teacher education, multimedia case-based instruction and the use of software to support learners in school and higher education

Student Research Projects

Students work with Mitchem to organize the Annual Autism Conference at Cal U. They also work on the development of software tools to support children with disabilities in schools. For more about student involvement, visit http://strategytools.org, http://kidtools.missouri.edu, and http://vrcbd.missouri.edu/Main.php

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Special Education

Academic Program(s)

  • M.E. Mentally/Physically Handicapped Education
  • M.E. Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Grad. Cert. Mentally/Physically Handicapped Education
  • P.M. Cert. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • B.S. Education in Pre-K - 4/Grades 4-8/Grades 7-12 and Special Education (Dual)
  • M.E. Elementary/Special Education Certification

Contact Information



Keystone Hall 210