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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Shana Haines

Shana Haines

Shana Haines, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Waterman 539C

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. I came to UVM in 2013 from the University of Kansas, where I studied Special Education, family-professional partnership, and disability policy and worked for the SWIFT Center. For seven years before moving to Kansas, I taught diverse elementary students in New York City and Portland, Maine. My experiences working in these contexts, especially with students who were not finding success at school, have driven me to try to make schools great places for all students. My research interests include understanding and improving the experience of refugee families and their children with the American school system, inclusive school reform, and innovative teacher education. I love Vermont and am thrilled to be raising my three children here.


Selected Publications

  • Haines, S.J., Summers, J.A., Turnbull, A.P., & Turnbull, H.R. (2015). Family partnership with a Head Start agency: A case study of a refugee family. National Head Start Research Association’s Dialog, 17(4), 22-49.  [abstract]
  • Haines, S.J., Summers, J.A., Turnbull, A.P., & Turnbull, H.R. (2015). Family partnership with a refugee family: Practical implications from a case study. National Head Start Research Association’s Dialog, 17(4), 124-130.  [abstract]
  • Haines, S.J., Summers, J.A., Turnbull, A.P. Palmer, S.B., & Turnbull, H.R. (2015). Fostering Habib’s engagement and self-regulation: A case study of a child from a refugee family at home and preschool. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 35(1), 28-39. doi: 10.1177/0271121414552905
  • Haines, S.J. (2015). Picturing words: Using photographs and fiction to enliven writing for ELL students. Schools Journal, 12(1), 9-32.
  • Summers, J.A., Brotherson, M.J., Erwin, E.J., Maude, S., Palmer, S.B., Haines, S.J., Stroup-Rentier, V., Wu, H.Y., Peck, N.F., & Zheng, Y.Z. (2014). Family reflections on the foundations of self-determination in early childhood. Inclusion, 2(3), 175-194. doi10.1352/2326-6988-2.03.00
  • Francis, G.L., McMullen, V.B., Blue-Banning, M., & Haines, S.J. (2013). Increasing the social skills of a student with autism through a literacy-based behavioral intervention. Intervention in School and Clinic, 49(2), 77-83. doi: 10.1177/1053451213493168.
  • Chiu, C.Y., & Haines, S.J. (2013). Parent Autonomy Support for Children with Low Achievement and Disabilities. Lynchburg College Journal of Special Education. Published online: special-education/volume-9-2013
  • Haines, S.J., McCart, A., & Turnbull, A.P. (2013). Family engagement within early childhood Response to Intervention. In V. Buysse and E. Peisner-Feinberg (Eds.) Handbook on Response to Intervention (RTI) in early childhood (pp. 313-324). New York: Brookes.
  • Haines, S.J., & Turnbull, R. (2013). Busting barriers to fully integrating systems of education: Analyzing IDEA and applying models of disability. In J. Kleinhammer-Tramill, L. Burrello, and W. Sailor (Eds.). Unifying educational systems: Policy and leadership (pp. 67-89). New York: Routledge.
  • Kennedy, M.J., Newton, J.R., Haines, S.J., Walther-Thomas, C.S., & Kellems, R.O. (2012). A triarchic model for teaching Introduction to Special Education: Case studies, content acquisition podcasts, and effective feedback. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(3), 251-276.

Selected Presentations

  • Haines, S.J., Shepherd, K.G., & Levitt, M. (2014, November). Continual forward progress: Our program's emerging framework for keeping up with the field. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Haines, S.J. & Turnbull, A.P. (2014, April). Family partnerships in inclusive education: Lessons from six exemplary sites. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Haines, S.J., Blue-Banning, M. & Turnbull, A.P. (2014, April). Fostering inclusive education through community connections. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Francis, G.L. & Haines, S.J. (2013, December). Exceptional family-school partnership. Paper presented at the annual international conference of TASH, Chicago, IL.
  • Haines, S.J. (2013, March). My adventures in Kansas City: A confessional tale of conducting a qualitative case study dissertation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the University of Kansas Annual Graduate Research Conference, Lawrence, KS.

Current Courses

  • EDSP 290, Literacy and Nath Curriculum (Spring 2015)
  • EDSP 005, Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities (Spring 2015)

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Early Childhood Special Education Internship ; Early Literacy and Math Curriculum; Internship: Systems Development; Internship: Triadic Model Consultation; Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities; Literacy and Nath Curriculum; Special Education Practicum


  • Ph.D. in Special Education from University of Kansas
  • M.S. in Education from City College/ CUNY

Professional Associations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities)