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Kathy Evans

POSITION: Professor of Special Education

School of Social Sciences and Professions
Graduate Teacher Education, Harrisonburg

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 210

PHONE: (540) 432-4590

EMAIL: kathy.evans@emu.edu

Katherine Evans has been a professor in teacher education at EMU since 2011. She teaches courses in educational psychology, special education, and restorative justice in education (RJE). She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where her dissertation research employed phenomenological interviews with middle school students about their experiences with in-school suspension. Prior to graduate school, Evans was a middle and high school special educator for students identified as having learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Her research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which restorative justice practices support educators in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons.

While at EMU, Evans has been active in furthering the field of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE), both through scholarship and teaching, by working collaboratively with colleagues and local educators to develop both a Master's concentration and a graduate certificate in RJE. For more information, please refer to the website: http://www.emu.edu/maed/restorative-justice/

Evans has published several articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices and regularly presents at professional conferences. Along with Dr. Dorothy Vaandering, she is a co-author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education, published through Skyhorse Publishing. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 


BS, Baylor University (Major: Special Education Minor: Sociology)
PHD, University of Tennessee (Educational Psychology and Research)
MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Religion Education; Youth Ministry)

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