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Bonnie S. Billingsley



Dr. Bonnie S. Billingsley, a professor at Virginia Tech, is a faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She teaches in both the teacher preparation and doctoral programs at Virginia Tech. She has authored numerous articles on teacher retention, commitment, and the support of new teachers.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Billingsley also engages in extensive service activities. She has served as a primary research consultant on teacher retention in urban schools for the Research Triangle Institute, and she has worked with a number of groups on special education personnel research and policies, including the National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education, the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC’s) Induction Advisory Committee, the U.S. Department of Education Personnel Advisory Committees, the Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee of the CEC, and the Networking System for Training Education Personnel for NASDSE. She has also evaluated personnel-related research findings for a number of different groups that include the Center for Personnel Studies in Special Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Clearinghouse on the Professions in Special Education. Dr. Billingsley’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Bonnie Billingsley has authored numerous articles on teacher retention, commitment, and the support of new teachers. Her research findings have been cited in refereed journals such as Exceptional Children, The Journal of Special Education, Exceptionality, The Journal of Special Education Leadership, Remedial and Special Education, and Teacher Education and Special Education, as well as national newsletters ready by policy-makers. She has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many national and international conferences.

Her recent book, Cultivating and Keeping Committed Special Educators, synthesizes the research on special education teacher retention and provides a leader’s framework for cultivating teacher quality and retention in special education. Dr. Billingsley has contributed significantly to the field.

She also demonstrates commitment to the field through collaborative research projects. She has worked with a number of universities and agencies over the past 18 years. She was one of three research advisors on the Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education (SPeNSE) project, a national project to assess teacher quality in special education. Dr. Billingsley’s research and content expertise informs her teaching and advising of graduate students.

    Hokie Bird

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