Richard Fowler, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Station 34
Bibb Graves 214D/205.652.3436
Professional Biography: Dr. Fowler previously taught  special education students in grades K-12 for  37 years prior to being hired as an Assistant Professor at UWA.   He has taught mild/moderate special education students in  several  different types of communities including: rural, suburban, and suburban/transitioning to urban. He is most interested in how teachers maintain their sense of purpose and enthusiasm in the face of current pressures focusing on cognitive skill development.  Dr. Fowler is also interested in exploring teachers’ awareness of how their personal life experiences influence their beliefs, values, and dispositions; and how these in turn influence their  pedagogy.  Additionally, honoring of the whole child remains his primary emphasis for instructing pre and in service  teachers and their implementation of lessons that develop students’  Multiple Intelligences.
  • Doctor Of Philosophy 2009 College of Education Western Michigan University
  • Master Of Arts 2006 Educational Leadership Western Michigan University
  • Master of Arts, 1979 Special Education, K-12 -LD Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor Of Arts, 1972 Education- Secondary Western Michigan University
Employment Date: August 2010
Classes usually taught:

SPED 301, SPED 305, SPED 401, SPED 451, SPED 452, SPED 501, SPED 601, SPED 606, SPED 607  ED 504  EE 620


Faculty Senate, COE Academic Council

Academic/Research Interests:

Transition of Exceptional students through all life’s transitions, Multiple intelligences and  Differentiated  Instruction,  Effective student  retention practices for higher education

Recent Presentations:

Multiple Presentations regarding  the effective use and practices incorporating Multiple Intelligences for the classroom teacher.