Wendy J. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Wendy J. Rodgers, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in special education, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in special education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. in English teaching, Brigham Young University

Research interests

Effective teaching practices in inclusive classrooms, co-teaching, learning disabilities, single-case design methods, collaboration, classroom observation

Career highlights

  • Participant in the Single-Case Design Research Institute, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (2019)

Recent publications/projects

  • Rodgers, W. J., Mathews, H. M., Romig, J. E., & Bettini, E. (2021). Observation studies in special education: A synthesis of validity evidence for observation systems. Review of Educational Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3102/00346543211042419
  • Rodgers, W. J., Weiss, M. P., & Aal Ismail, H.* (2021). Defining specially designed instruction: A systematic literature review. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 36(2), 96-109. https://doi.org/10.1111/ldrp.12247
  • Weiss, M. P., & Rodgers, W. J. (2020). Instruction in secondary co-taught classrooms: Three elements, two teachers, one unique approach. Psychology in the Schools, 57(6), 959-972. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22376


Dr. Wendy J. Rodgers is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Rodgers taught high school special education for 11 years prior to receiving her doctorate and transitioning to higher education. As a teacher educator, she teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses, including courses on field experiences, high-incidence disabilities, and proposal design. In her research, Dr. Rodgers focuses on topics related to effective practices for inclusion and co-teaching. She has published 15 peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters, and two policy briefs and is an active member of professional organizations such as the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, for which she serves on the Executive Committee of the Diversity Caucus.

Curriculum Vitae

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