James M. Kauffman

James Kauffman

Title: Professor Emeritus of Education
Company: University of Virginia
Location: Afton, Virginia, United States

James Kauffman, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Virginia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of special education.

Dr. Kauffman began his career as a teacher in the children’s division of the Menninger Clinic at Southard School in Topeka, Kansas, where he worked from 1962 to 1964. He transitioned to the Shawnee Heights Unified School District #450, working as an educator for the district until 1967. Dr. Kauffman became an assistant professor of special education at Illinois State University in 1969, launching his higher education career, and in 1970, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the department of special education at the University of Virginia (UVA).

In 1973, Dr. Kauffman rose to the rank of associate professor in UVA’s special education department, which he held until 1980, when he became a full professor. From 1977 to 1981, he served as the department chair, and from 1981 to 1984, he held the position of associate dean for research in UVA’s School of Education. Dr. Kauffman lent his knowledge and expertise to the university until his retirement in 2006, and continues to hold the designation of professor emeritus of education in the department of curriculum, instruction, and special education.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Kauffman attended Goshen College, earning a Bachelor of Science in education in 1962, and continued his academic pursuits at Washburn University, where he graduated with an MEd in elementary school teaching in 1966. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Kansas, earning an EdD in special education in 1969. Dr. Kauffman cites Richard J. Whelan at the University of Kansas as his mentor—Mr. Whelan built the special education program at the university, which became the number one program in the country for many years. Dr. Kauffman has contributed to myriad published works in his field, co-authoring works including “Issues in Educational Placement: Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders” in 1995 and the Handbook of Special Education in 1981, as well as authoring “Characteristics of Children’s Behavior Disorders” in 1977 and contributing numerous articles to professional journals.

Dr. Kauffman has been recognized for his excellence with myriad awards, including an Award for Effective Presentation of Behavior Analysis in the Mass Media from the Society for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006, an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders in 2002, and an Outstanding Service Award from the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders in 1991. He is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and has served the latter as both a former vice president and former president. As a testament to his success, stature, and experience, Dr. Kauffman has been featured in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the fifth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in America.

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