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Glenda Hyer

Glenda Hyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Henderson State University. Her expertise is in the area of Severe to Profound Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her passion is to instruct teacher candidates best approaches for working with students with cognitive disabilities.  Glenda earned her Doctoral of Education from the Liberty University in 2012 and was nominated for best dissertation in 2012. Prior to joining Henderson State University, she taught both graduate and undergraduate students in the area of Special Education at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. In addition, she served as the Grant Project Coordinator for a Federal Preparation Grant in the Special Education Department at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her research and teaching activities have focused on teaching academics linked to the Common Core State Standards for students with severe disabilities. Her research themes include literacy and story-based instruction, inclusive education, theme-based instruction for students with severe disabilities, and teaching self-determination to students with disabilities. She is the author of the article published in Digital Commons entitled Functional Story Based Instruction about Hand Washing Skills to Teach Emergent Literacy Skills and Hand Washing Skills to Three Elementary Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities.  She has co-authored several articles including one published in Teaching Exceptional Children entitled Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.

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