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Virginia J. Dickens

VJDickensVirginia J. Dickens, 2000-2001 Fayetteville State University Teacher of the Year. Adjunct Professor, Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Subjects; BA Literature (Wheaton College, 1969); M.Ed. Speech Pathology and Audiology (UNC-Greensboro, 1970); Ph.D. Special Education (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1977); Post-doctoral study Educational Administration and Supervision (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1977-78). Dr. Dickens began Teaching at Fayetteville State University in 1978. Since her retirement in 2005, she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. She serves on the undergraduate and graduate faculties in Special Education. She has remained actively involved in writing, conference and workshop presentations, advising, and serving on doctoral committees. She has developed/co-developed a number of courses for the University, including online courses. Her areas of emphasis include special education evidence-based teaching and inclusion methods and field based applications.

Selected Publications

Charles, K., & Dickens, V. J. (2013). Supporting the collaborative success of general and special education teachers in STEM classrooms: Using the cloud for free. National Social Science Technology Journal, 3(1), online. Available at

Charles, K., & Dickens, V. J. (2012). Closing the Communication Gap: Web 2.0 Tools for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45, pp. 24-32.  

Houser, M. M., Hicks, T., & Dickens, V. J. (2011, Spring/Summer). Correlates of Attitudes Toward Academic and Physical Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities and Selected Leadership Behaviors Among Middle School Principals in North Carolina. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP). Available at  

Houser, M., Bell, G., Hicks, T., Dickens, V.J. (2010). The Relationship Between Selected Leadership Behaviors and Attitudes Toward Behavioral and Social Inclusive Practices Among Middle School Principals in North Carolina. NC Middle School Journal, 25(1). Available at

Current Courses

SPED 465 Meeting the Instructional Needs of Students with Disabilities
SPED 470 Student Teaching in Special Education
SPED 480 Seminar II: The Exceptional Student-Field Experience
SPED 600 Practicum in Special Education
SPED 641 Advanced Internship in Special Education
SPED 698 Advanced Research Products of Learning
EDUC 610 Planning and Implementing Instruction for Diverse Learners


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