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Dr. Bradley S. Mills

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Brad Mills is an Assistant Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Reading and Specialized Subjects. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education: Social Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College; a master’s degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education from Fairmont State University; and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis is Special Education from North Carolina State University.

Most recently, Dr. Mills was a Behavior Support Teacher and Special Education Department Chair at Cary High School. He has worked as a special education teacher for 12 years and also worked as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. His current research focus in students with behavior and emotional disabilities, graduation for students with disabilities, and effective strategies for students with ADHD.

His research interests focus on investigating strategies to support students with emotional disabilities, graduation of students with disabilities, strategies for students with ADHD, and teacher preparation.


Bills, K. L., & Mills, B. S. (2020). Teachers’ perceptions toward inclusive education programs for children with Down Syndrome. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. doi:10.1111/1471-3802.12494

Bills, K. L., & Mills, B. S. (2022). Limitations when conducting quantitative disability research. Journal of Research Initiatives, 6(2), Article 10.

Bills, K. L., & Mills, B. S. (in-press). Is the ADA enough? An analysis of degree completion rates among students with disabilities. Journal of Education and Social Justice. Accepted March 2022

Holder, A., & Mills, B. S. (2020). Technologies Used by Student Teachers During a Virtual Time. The Learning and Technology Library.

Mills, B. S., & Bills, K. L. (2021). An analyses of inclusive education among students with disabilities. Academia Letters. (August 2021). doi: 10.20935?AL3429

Mills, B. S., Holder, A., & Monroe, D.-O. (in press). Student Teachers' Perceptions of Completing Their Student Teaching Courses & edTPA During a Virtual Time. The Learning and Technology Library (

Mills, B. S., & Holder, A. (2020). Preparing for the future of higher education: Adapting in challenging times. Academic Leader- Magna Publications (July 2020).

Mills, B. S., & Sabornie, E. J. (2021). Variables that predict graduation for students with Emotional Disabilities: An examination across schools. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. doi:10.1080/1034912X2021.1947475

Mills, I. M., & Mills, B. S., (2018). Insufficient evidence: Mindset intervention in developmental college math. Social Psychology of Education, 21(5), 1045-1059. doi: 10.1007/s11218-018-9453-y

Funded Grants

Holder, A. (Principal), Mills, B. S. (Principal), “Fayetteville State University Reading Clinic and Harnett Outreach,” Sponsored by Anonymous Trust, Fayetteville State University, $95,841.00. (August 1, 2022-August 1, 2023).

Holder, A. (Principal), Mills, B. S. (Principal), “Fayetteville State University Reading Clinic (FSURC),” Sponsored by ChildTrust, Fayetteville State Unversity, $45,365.00. (May 1, 2022- May 1, 2023).

Holder, A. (Principal), Mills, B. S. (Principal), "Hackley Research Professional Development Grant," Sponsored by Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville State University, $1,000.00. (August 2020 - August 2021).

Mills, B. (Principal), Holder, A. (Co-Principal), "Exploring the Integration of Data Analysis and Technical Writing in Education Courses," Sponsored by Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville State University, $3,000.00. (March 31, 2021 - December 31, 2021).