Assistant Professor of Special Education
College of Education
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Janet Sauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She taught children in Botswana, Africa, in a bi-lingual school on the Navajo Reservation, in Boston, Ohio and Iowa. Prior to joining the UCCS faculty, Dr. Sauer developed and taught in a Professional Development School in Dubuque, Iowa. She earned her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa where she also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Inclusive Early Childhood Literate Community Project. At UCCS, Sauer co-teaches with people with disabilities, their family members, and guests from other disciplines to illustrate the complex and interdisciplinary nature of disability. Her research uses a Disability Studies theoretical framework and focuses on examining relationships in inclusive contexts and the nature of creativity as access to literacy. Sauer’s advocacy for the inclusion of students with disabilities in community and educational contexts have also led her to explore co-constructions in research methodology.
Ed.D, Special Education
University of Northern Iowa – 2007
M.Ed., Special Education
Ohio University – 1996
B.S., Mass Communication
Emerson College – 1984
Introduction to Special Education
Current Topics in Special Education
Disability Studies in Education
Dr.Sauer recently published Negotiating the social borderlands: Portraits of young people with disabilities and their struggles for positive relationships with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) http://bookstore.aaidd.org/BookDetail.aspx?bid=113. She continually presents around the country at national and regional conferences such as TASH, the Disabilities Studies in Education SIG of the AERA, and the PEAK Inclusive Conference. She also holds interactive workshops at local schools on topics ranging from collaboration between parents and schools to making adaptations and modifications for students with disabilities.