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Rylance, Billie Jo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Doctor of Philosophy  University of Illinois, 1996
Phone: (920) 424-7243
Office: Nursing Education 423


Areas of Expertise:

  • EBD
  • Secondary Education
  • English
  • History
  • LD
  • Transition
  • Reading
  • Predictors of School Exiting Status
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Issues/policy for People with Disabilities

    Brief Bio:

    For three years, I worked to design and implement a wrap-around program for teenagers with emotional disabilities who had returned home to N.D. from institutions outside of the state. The program involved parent and foster care training, in-school therapies, and standard and special education. It also involved co-operative practices with mental, rape and abuse, foster care, and social service agencies. While I routinely taught academics during the first two years, I concentrated my efforts on an assessment and therapy team working with abused students and perpetrators the third year. The following two years, I spent working at a SAC Air Force Base teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders Title I Reading, English, and Social Studies. After completing my Doctorate in Philosophy, I taught special education for two years at Idaho State University before accepting a position at UWO in 1997.

    My early research centered on the transition of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and involved statistical analyses  of large data bases. After beginning work at UWO, my research interests veered toward state and federal policies centering on persons with disabilities. The topic change necessitated a methodological shift to historical analysis and descriptive statistics. More recently, I have begun to work on advocacy issues and the over-representation of minority students in special education.

    Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: 1988
    Years of P-12 Experience: 5 years

    Classes Typically Taught:

    • Fundamentals of Special Education Assessment
    • Direct Institutional Strategies
    • Fundamentals of Special Education Assessment
    • Children and Youth with Disabilities in Regular Education
    • Issues in Special Education
    • Graduate Field Report and Thesis


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