Congratulations to our new DARTS Executive Committee

Juliann Dorff, President 
A senior lecturer teaching Art Education in the School of Art at Kent State University, Juliann B. Dorff is
the 2015 Ohio Higher Education Division Award winner presented by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) and a 2014 Outstanding Art Educator for the Northeast region of the OAEA. She has presented extensively at  the Ohio Art Education Association, National Art Education Association and the Council for Exceptional Children conferences. A contributing author in the book Understanding Students with Autism through Art (2010) published by the National Art Education Association, Ms. Dorff was an invited participant at Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education: A National Forum sponsored
by the Kennedy Center in the summer of 2012 and has a white paper published in the resulting work, 
The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education: Exemplary Programs and Approaches.


alice_hammel__2_.jpg Alice Hammel, President Elect

Alice Hammel is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities in the areas of music education and music theory respectively, and has many years of experience teaching both instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. She has maintained a large, independent flute studio for over 25 years.

Dr. Hammel travels widely to universities during the school year to serve as an in-residence scholar in the area of students with special needs. During the summer months, Dr. Hammel spends her time teaching in graduate programs for music educators around the United States. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author of several 

resources available through Oxford University Press including: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, and Winding it Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classrooms and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. She is Chair of the National Association for Music Education Task Force on Students with Special Needs.

Dr. Hammel is a proud alumna of Shenandoah Conservatory (BME – magna cum laude and DMA) and Florida State University (MME). She holds post-doctoral certifications from the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Dr. Hammel is a multiple award recipient honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education. Most recently, Shenandoah University honored her with their 2016 Alumni of Excellence Award. Her primary goal is to become a better teacher with each passing day.


Bev Johns Beverley Holden Johns, Secretary

Bev Johns has been in the field of special education for over 40 years, retiring from the public schools
where  she developed programs for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. She founded a public school for children with the most significant behavioral challenges. She is the author or co- author of 17 books.  She is now a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College.  She is the recipient of the 2000  Outstanding Leadership Award of CEC and also the recipient of the Romaine Mackie Award given by the  Pioneers Division.  She has served as President of CCBD and the Pioneers.  Bev is very excited about the formation of the DARTS division.   


Michael Dunn, Treasurer

An associate professor of special education and literacy at Washington State University, Vancouver, Michael Dunn teaches courses applicable to K-12 educators in the Special Education Endorsement, Master’s, and PhD in Special Education Programs. His areas of research interest include developing strategies for struggling writers with technology, and response to intervention (RTI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). He taught in Toronto (Ontario) area elementary/middle schools for 11 years, teaching students with learning disabilities in reading, writing, and/or math and with disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (e.g., autism, Asperger’s), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and multiple disabilities. He has received awards from the International Literacy Association (2011-2012 Outstanding Article Award), a 2009-2010 College of Education Faculty Funding Award, the Judy Nichols Mitchell Research Fellow Award, and the External Funding Award from Washington State University.


CEC Representative Assembly        

Ruth Eren Ruth Eren


Susan Harvey

Susan Harvey


CAN Representative 

Chris Soboleski Chris Soboleski