Michele Kamens
Professor and Director of Special Education Programs Email: mkamens@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5498
Department Name:
Teacher Education
Office Location:
Memorial Hall 102J

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor and Director of Special Education Programs
Email: 
mkamens@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5498
Department Name: 
Teacher Education
Mailing Address: 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial Hall 102J
Office Hours: 
Mondays 9:45-11:15, Wednesdays 2:45-4:15, and by Appointment

Academic Background

  • B. S. Rutgers College; Elementary and Special Education
  • M.Ed. Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Special Education
  • Ed. D. Temple University Graduate School of Education; Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education

Courses Taught at Rider

Dr. Kamens is the coordinator for Rider's special education programs. She teaches various courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in special education.

Research Activities / Interests

Dr. Kamens' research interests are related to the inclusion of students with special needs , specifically collaboration and co-teaching.

Scholarly Publications

  • Kamens, M. W.  (in press).  Learning about co-teaching:  A collaborative student teaching experience for preservice teachers.  Teacher Education and Special Education.
  • Giannola, D. & Kamens, M. W. (2005). Inclusion at the university:  The experience of a young woman with down syndrome. Mental Retardation,  44,  344–352.
  • Kamens, M. W., & Giannola, D. C.  (2004).  The role of the student teacher in the co-taught classroom.  The Teacher Educator, 40, 17-32.
  • Kamens, M. W.  (2004).  Learning to write IEPs:  A personalized, reflective approach for preservice teachers.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 40, 76-80.
  • Kamens, M. W., Dolyniuk, C. A., DiNardo, P., Forsyth, J., Rockoff, J. & Corman, H.   (2004). Perspectives on a collaborative transition project:  Enhancing employment and social skills.  Preventing School Failure, 48 (2), 24-30.
  • Kamens, M. W., Dolyniuk, C. A., DiNardo, P.  (2003).  Preparing teachers for transition of students with developmental disabilities through community-based instruction.  Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 26, 99-118.
  • Kamens, M. W., Loprete, S. J., & Slostad, F. A.  (2003). Inclusive classrooms:  What practicing teachers want to know.  Action in Teacher Education, 25, 20-26.
  • Dolyniuk, C. A., Kamens, M. W.,  Corman, H., DiNardo, P.O., & Totaro, R.M.  (2002).  Students with disabilities go to college:  Description of a collaborative transition project on a regular college campus.   Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 17, 236-241.
  • Kamens, M. W.  (2002).   Preparing General Education University Faculty to Support Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.  In Yearbook of the International Council for Education and Teaching, Developing leadership and capacity building for educational change:  Leadership standards and competencies in classrooms, department and schools.     46th World Assembly Proceedings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (on CD-ROM)
  • Kamens, M. W.  (2001).  Building an inclusive minor in special education: An interdisciplinary approach.  Journal of the New Jersey Association of Teacher Educators, 11, 3-18.
  • Kamens, M. W. (2000).  Student teacher support:  Collaborative experiences in a technology training partnership.  Action in Teacher Education, 22 (2A), 39-44. 
  • Kamens, M. W.  (2000).   Technology in the schools:  Perspectives of a collaborative training partnership.  Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 16, 26-32.
  • Kamens, M. W., & Loprete, S. J.  (2000).  Modeling the process of collaboration: The experiences of two university co-instructors.  Focus on Education, 44, 37-43.
  • Kamens, M. W., Loprete, S. J., & Slostad, F.  (2000).  Classroom teachers’ perceptions about inclusion and preservice teacher education.  Teaching Education, 11, 47-158
  • Kamens, M. W.  (1997).  A model for introducing student teachers to collaboration. The Teacher Educator,  33, 90-102.

Scholarly Presentations

  • Preparing Student Teachers for Inclusive Practice. Presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA, November, 2006.
  • Inclusion at the University:  Experiences of a Young Woman with Down Syndrome. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT, April, 2006.
  • Student Teachers as Co-Teachers:  Preparing Preservice Teachers for Inclusive Classrooms.  Presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Portland, ME, November, 2005.
  • An Inclusive Post-Secondary Experience.  Presented at the 2005 New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education Summer Inclusion Conference, Lawrenceville, NJ, July, 2005.
  • Post-Secondary Transition Options at the University.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Baltimore, MD, April, 2005.
  • Preparation of Pre-service Teachers for Diverse Populations:  Challenges in Dealing with the Demands of Inclusive Settings and Placement/Supervision Issues. Presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Albuquerque, NM, November 2004.
  • Job-Sampling Experiences for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Collaborative University/Community Partnership. Presented at the Annual Conference
    of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA, April, 2004.
  • Student Teachers in a Co-taught Classroom:   Whose Student Am I?.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA, April, 2004.
  • The Benefits of Service Learning in Special Education Teacher Education and Psychology: Campus Connections to Young Adults with Disabilities in the Community.   Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education,  Honolulu, HI, January, 2004.
  • Sharing our ideas:  Alternative Structures for Graduate Comprehensive Examinations. Presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Biloxi, MS, November, 2003.
  • The Role of the Student Teacher in a Co-taught Classroom.  Presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Biloxi, MS, November, 2003.
  • Students with Developmental Disabilities Visit a College Campus:  Perspectives of a Collaborative Transition Partnership.   Presented at the Conference of the International Association for Special Education Hong Kong, June, 2003 (Paper accepted for presentation; conference cancelled due to SARS).
  • Preparing General Education Faculty for Inclusion.  Presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Savannah, GA, October, 2002.
  • The Rider University / West Windsor Transition Project.  Presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Savannah, GA, October, 2002.
  • Preparing General Education University Faculty to Support Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.   Presented at the 47th World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), Amsterdam, Netherlands,  July 3-7, 2002.
  • Preparing Teacher Education Faculty to Support Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE),  New York, NY, February, 2002.
  • Integrating Inclusion in the Teacher Education Curriculum: Professional Development for General Education Faculty. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Denver, CO, February, 2002.
  • What General Education Teachers Need for Successful Inclusion.   Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Denver, CO, February, 2002.
  • Transitional Employment Services Study.   Presented at the Region IX Conference of the American Association for Mental Retardation (AAMR) Langhorne, PA, November, 2001.
  • Learning to Write IEPs:  A Personalized, Reflective Approach.  Presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Savannah, GA, November, 2001.
  • Supporting Teachers for Effective Inclusive Classrooms:  What Do Practicing Teachers Need? Presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Savannah, GA, November, 2001.
  • Student Teaching Seminars in the Schools:  An Alternative School-Based Approach.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), New Orleans, LA, February, 2001.
  • Inclusive Classrooms:  What Preservice and Practicing Teachers Want to Know.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), New Orleans, LA, February, 2001.
  • The Challenges of Small Program Design:  Developing an Interdisciplinary Inclusive Minor in Special Education.  Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Las Vegas, NV, November, 2000.
  • Program Redesign:  Preparing Preservice Teachers for Inclusive Classrooms. Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Las Vegas, NV, November, 2000.
  • Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions about Inclusion and Preservice Teacher Education Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Orlando, FL, February, 2000.
  • Modeling the Process of Collaboration: The Experiences of Two University Co-Instructors.  Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Palm Springs, CA, November, 1999.
  • Modeling the Process of Collaboration and Co-Teaching:  The Experiences of Two University Co-Instructors.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Chicago, IL, February 1999.

Doctoral Dissertation

Using Technology in the Schools: Perspectives and Changes in a Collaborative Training Partnership

Workshops and Professional Development Programs

  • Keynote Speaker:  Inclusion and You, New Jersey Department of Education New Teacher Institute
  • Special Education Workshop for Rider’s general education preservice teachers
  • BRIDGE Project Presentation, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Luncheon
  • Co-teaching:  Meeting the Challenge (two workshops for secondary teachers), Lawrence Township Public Schools
  • Inclusion Clinic, New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education
  • The Paraeducator:  Your Best Friend in the Inclusive Classroom.  New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education Summer Inclusion Conference.  Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Paraprofessionals in Inclusive Classrooms. 2003 New Jersey Coalitions for Inclusive Education Summer Inclusion Conference.  Montclair, NJ
  • The Teacher's Assistant: Your Best Friend in the Inclusion Classroom.  Workshop presented to teachers, Florence Township School District
  • Inservice program for student teacher supervisors
  • Collaboration at the University:  Collegial Applications for Teaching and Learning,  Rider Faculty Development Day
  • Panel presentation on assessment, Rider Faculty Development Day
  • Panel on Academic Advising.  Ninth Annual New Jersey Advisor’s Conference, The College of New Jersey
  • Modeling the Process of Collaboration:  The Experiences of Two University Co- instructors.  Presented at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Initiative Summer Institute

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kamens is a member of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and is past chair of the Small Special Education Program Caucus. She is the Coordinator of the New Jersey Consortium of Teacher Educators and serves on the Mercer County Professional Development Board.  She has also served as part of the New Jersey Department of Education State Team for the Center for Teacher Quality of the Council of Chief State School Officers.  In addition, Dr. Kamens is the Co-Advisor for the Rider Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.