Dennis Garland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Academic Complex 333A
Office Hours:
Tues.- Thurs. 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Dennis Garland is an assistant professor in the College of Education. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. While there, he also earned his graduate certification in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

As a classroom teacher, Dr. Garland taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and learning disabilities (LD). His content specialty is science, and he has managed a $4.5 million endowment from Lockheed Martin to prepare high-quality teachers in STEM content to become educational leaders and for whom teaching is a transitioned career. He has also managed a $1.5 million grant to fund graduate students in obtaining their certification in ASD.

Accordingly, Dr. Garland's research has included the utilization of technology to teach novice educators to use evidence-based practices so they can be prepared to include students labeled EBD in their classrooms, and preparing novice educators of students on the autism spectrum to use evidence-based practices.

Dr. Garland is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Council on Rural Special Education. Dr. Garland is also very involved in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and serves as a member of the executive board for its Teacher Education Division and is vice president of the New York chapter.