Patti Powell

Professor of Special Education; Director of Graduate Program in Special Education

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
M.Ed., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1976
A.B., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1975

Associated Academic Programs

Special Education Education

“It is okay to be different– to learn differently, look different, think differently, and act differently. God made each of us in His image and we are to embrace that image and use it for His glory.”

Dr. Patti Powell believes it is vital that everyone learns about and embraces differences. “Everyone knows or is related to someone with a disability. It is my firm belief that we are all enriched by living and working with those different than us in any area.”

She always wanted to teach music to children with disabilities. “But teaching special education to college students was a joy that took me by surprise.”

What drew her to Trinity:

Powell grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and had always heard about Trinity. “While teaching at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, Ill., I began teaching a Sign Language class at Trinity and knew that I was ready to take a leap of faith and teach at the college level. Trinity has been very supportive of my endeavors to start the Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education on campus, a collaborative venture with Elim. The College has allowed me to pursue a deep and lasting relationship with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Montego Bay, Jamaica.”

Research interests:

Her research interests include service learning for people with special needs and college students, international special education practices, and collaboration in special education.

When she’s not teaching:

Powell is a wife, mother, and nana to three grandchildren. “My husband and I travel internationally and domestically with and without family whenever possible. My wander lust has taken me to over 30 countries around the world but it’s always good to get home. When home I love to read, garden, scuba dive, and quilt…as well as take care of those beautiful grandbabies.”

Powell’s blog can be found here.

Courses

Communication and Collaboration in Special Education: Strategies and Methods
Communication and Collaboration in Special Education: Strategies and Methods (Adult Studies)
Fine Arts in Education
Fine Arts in Education and Physical Education (Adult Studies)
Introduction to Exceptional Children

Introduction to Exceptional Children (Adult Studies)
Sign Language I
Sign Language II
Special Topics in Special Education
Special Topics in Special Education (Adult Studies)

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Honored to be a Part of Service-Learning accepted to the online Journal of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area: Sharing Innovation in Teaching and Learning. July, 2008

“Honored to be a Part of Service-Learning,” Honors in Practice (HIP), 2008, published by the National Collegiate Honors Council

“Addressing Contemporary Issues Through Collaborative Methods,” Gaylen, N., Bragg, N., Boudre, B., Egglest, T., Scott, V., Powell, P. Eastern Education Journal. Spring, 2006.

Published in the inaugural (June, 2004) edition of Christians in Teacher Education (CITE) journal, “Learning from each other, serving together,” research gathered from 2004 Illinois Campus Compact grant.

“The Disabled and the Power of Service-Learning,” Christian Educator’s Journal, V 43, No 2, Dec., 2003

Honors and Awards

Named a Fulbright Program Specialist- 2013-2018
Received the Nasim Dil “Outstanding Service to Teacher Education” award from the Small Special
Education Programs Caucus, a Division of the Council of Exception Children, November, 2014
Named to Sutton’s “Who’s Who in Academia.” 2012
Named a Fulbright Scholar for the spring, 2011 semester: Teaching and doing research at Sam Sharpe Teacher’s College in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Named to “Cambridge Who’s Who Registry,” 2009
Named to Who’s Who of American Women, 2008-2009
Recipient of the 2007 Illinois Teacher Education Division Council for Exceptional Children Excellence in Teaching Award
Named to “Who’s Who in the America,” 2008
Named to “Who’s Who in American Education,” 2007-2008
Received the 2007 “Excellence in Teaching Award from the Illinois Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
Named to “Who’s Who in the World,” 2006
Grant recipient and named Illinois Campus Compact Faculty Fellow for 2005-2006, “Service-Learning through Academic Instruction: A partnership with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf”
Featured Alumni in the Fall, 2004 edition of Keynotes, the Calvin College music department publication
Grant recipient and named an Illinois Campus Compact State Farm Insurance Company Faculty Fellow for 2004-2005
2001 recipient of the Illinois Woman of Achievement Award
2001 recipient of an Open Hearts Award from the Pathways Awareness Foundation for outstanding leadership in welcoming persons with disabilities into all aspects of church life
2000 recipient of the Illinois Humanities Council, Studs Terkel Humanitarian Award, for incorporating music into the lives of the disabled

Professional Society Memberships

American Educational Research Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC
Small Special Education Programs Caucus- a division of TED
Illinois TED

+ Expertise

Dr. Patti Powell believes it is vital that everyone learns about and embraces differences. “Everyone knows or is related to someone with a disability. It is my firm belief that we are all enriched by living and working with those different than us in any area.”

She always wanted to teach music to children with disabilities. “But teaching special education to college students was a joy that took me by surprise.”

What drew her to Trinity:

Powell grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and had always heard about Trinity. “While teaching at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, Ill., I began teaching a Sign Language class at Trinity and knew that I was ready to take a leap of faith and teach at the college level. Trinity has been very supportive of my endeavors to start the Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education on campus, a collaborative venture with Elim. The College has allowed me to pursue a deep and lasting relationship with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Montego Bay, Jamaica.”

Research interests:

Her research interests include service learning for people with special needs and college students, international special education practices, and collaboration in special education.

When she’s not teaching:

Powell is a wife, mother, and nana to three grandchildren. “My husband and I travel internationally and domestically with and without family whenever possible. My wander lust has taken me to over 30 countries around the world but it’s always good to get home. When home I love to read, garden, scuba dive, and quilt…as well as take care of those beautiful grandbabies.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Powell’s blog can be found here.

Courses

Communication and Collaboration in Special Education: Strategies and Methods
Communication and Collaboration in Special Education: Strategies and Methods (Adult Studies)
Fine Arts in Education
Fine Arts in Education and Physical Education (Adult Studies)
Introduction to Exceptional Children

Introduction to Exceptional Children (Adult Studies)
Sign Language I
Sign Language II
Special Topics in Special Education
Special Topics in Special Education (Adult Studies)

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Honored to be a Part of Service-Learning accepted to the online Journal of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area: Sharing Innovation in Teaching and Learning. July, 2008

“Honored to be a Part of Service-Learning,” Honors in Practice (HIP), 2008, published by the National Collegiate Honors Council

“Addressing Contemporary Issues Through Collaborative Methods,” Gaylen, N., Bragg, N., Boudre, B., Egglest, T., Scott, V., Powell, P. Eastern Education Journal. Spring, 2006.

Published in the inaugural (June, 2004) edition of Christians in Teacher Education (CITE) journal, “Learning from each other, serving together,” research gathered from 2004 Illinois Campus Compact grant.

“The Disabled and the Power of Service-Learning,” Christian Educator’s Journal, V 43, No 2, Dec., 2003

+ Awards & Memberships

Honors and Awards

Named a Fulbright Program Specialist- 2013-2018
Received the Nasim Dil “Outstanding Service to Teacher Education” award from the Small Special
Education Programs Caucus, a Division of the Council of Exception Children, November, 2014
Named to Sutton’s “Who’s Who in Academia.” 2012
Named a Fulbright Scholar for the spring, 2011 semester: Teaching and doing research at Sam Sharpe Teacher’s College in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Named to “Cambridge Who’s Who Registry,” 2009
Named to Who’s Who of American Women, 2008-2009
Recipient of the 2007 Illinois Teacher Education Division Council for Exceptional Children Excellence in Teaching Award
Named to “Who’s Who in the America,” 2008
Named to “Who’s Who in American Education,” 2007-2008
Received the 2007 “Excellence in Teaching Award from the Illinois Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
Named to “Who’s Who in the World,” 2006
Grant recipient and named Illinois Campus Compact Faculty Fellow for 2005-2006, “Service-Learning through Academic Instruction: A partnership with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf”
Featured Alumni in the Fall, 2004 edition of Keynotes, the Calvin College music department publication
Grant recipient and named an Illinois Campus Compact State Farm Insurance Company Faculty Fellow for 2004-2005
2001 recipient of the Illinois Woman of Achievement Award
2001 recipient of an Open Hearts Award from the Pathways Awareness Foundation for outstanding leadership in welcoming persons with disabilities into all aspects of church life
2000 recipient of the Illinois Humanities Council, Studs Terkel Humanitarian Award, for incorporating music into the lives of the disabled

Professional Society Memberships

American Educational Research Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC
Small Special Education Programs Caucus- a division of TED
Illinois TED