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Mary Konya Weishaar, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean

Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

SIUE School of Education

Professor Weishaar is very student centered. Her focus is on helping students develop the essential skills, knowledge and wisdom necessary to effectively work with children who have disabilities.

Professor Weishaar has authored or coauthored five books, and her work has been referenced by her peers in other publications. She was recently invited by a colleague at Yale University to write a book chapter on special education law and described being chosen as a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine as an ultimate honor.

"My research is interrelated with my teaching - I am always making connections between the two." She develops case studies based on her research and teaching experience, and uses them to enhance classroom learning. "I make real and meaningful connections between research and the reality of teaching children."

Professor Weishaar has a strong sense of responsibility to humanity. "I want to make life better for people," she said. "I believe education can be used to improve humanity, promote a civil society and promote the value of diversity."

She's been in education for more than 30 years, the last 13 spent at SIUE. "I absolutely love this place and I'm honored to be here," she said. "I'm just as thrilled to be here today as I was 13 years ago!"


  • Ph.D. in Education, St. Louis University, St. Louis, 1984
  • M.A. in Education, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., 1976
  • B.A. in Education, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., 1975

Research Interests

  • Special Education Administration and Legal IssuesAssessment
  • Teaching Strategies for Mild Disabilities
  • Families and Children with Disabilities
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