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Judith Emerson

Clinical Assistant Professor    Inclusion Liaison    

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011
Master of Education, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006
National Boards for Professional Teaching Certification, 2001
Associate of Applied Science, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, 1976


Fluent in American Sign Language


Judith Emerson is the special education inclusion liaison in the Middle and Secondary Education Department. In this position, she works with the content area faculty in the initial teacher preparation programs to infuse strategies for including ALL students in the general education setting.

Emerson also supervises students in their field experiences in Atlanta metro area school districts.

In 2011, Emerson was appointed by the provost as the faculty associate for disabilities for the Georgia State University campus where she works towards improving the campus environment for individuals with disabilities. Emerson’s research interests include investigating best practice strategies for the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education setting. She also researches ways in which universal design can be implemented in physical and educational environments.

Emerson spent many years as a classroom teacher in the field of special education in a variety of settings including Inclusion in elementary and middle schools, deaf education at the middle and high school levels, mild/moderate and severe at the elementary level and a short time as a general education teacher in an elementary setting.


Heller, K.W., Coleman, M.B., Best, S., & Emerson, J. (in press). Teacher’s knowledge and support systems regarding students with terminal illness. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Service.

Heller, K.W., Coleman, M.B, Best, S., & Emerson, J. (in progress). School nurses support and concerns regarding students with terminal illness.

Emerson, J. & Junor Clarke, P. (in progress). Bridging Pedagogy into Practice: From textbooks to field experiences in a teacher preparation program.

Emerson, J. & Bishop, J. (2012). Video phone technology and students with deaf-blindness: A method for increasing access and communication. Journal for Visual Impairment and Blindness. 106(10,) 622-633.

Emerson, J.M. (Producer) (2012). Seeing the possibilities of video phone technology: A face-to-face social networking program for students who are deafblind. [DVD].

Emerson, J. M. (2011). Curriculum-based measurement as a form of progress monitoring in correlation with teacher expectations in mathematics for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. ProQuest LLC. Umi 3455437.

Emerson, J. M. (2011). A Study of the Effectiveness of Video Conferencing as a Method for the Delivery of Sign Language Instruction. Synergy, 1(3), 31-37.