Barbara WalkerDr. Barbara Walker
217 Bagwell College of Education Building

Dr. Barbara Dianne Walker is a renowned academician and special education professional with a distinguished career spanning over two decades. She holds a certification in Universal Design for Learning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctorate in Law (concentration in SPED law) from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Students with Exceptionalities from Georgia State University. Dr. Walker also has an Educational Specialist degree in Intellectual Disabilities from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Education in Learning Disabilities from Auburn University. She obtained her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from Auburn University in 1993.

Dr. Walker currently serves as a Limited-Term Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Inclusive Education at Kennesaw State University. At the university, she teaches courses in diverse educational contexts such as Exploring Sociocultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts and Foundations in Special Education. She also administers the Universal Design for Learning Assistive Technology Lab, providing students with access to cutting-edge assistive technology.

Dr. Walker has previously worked as a Resolution Specialist and Special Education Parent Advocate, where she advocated on behalf of students and families and collaborated with school systems to resolve disputes regarding accommodations for and education of students with diverse learning needs. She also worked as a Special Education Teacher at the Cobb County School System, Graduate Teaching Assistant at Georgia State University, and a Special Education Teacher at Marietta City Schools.

Dr. Walker's educational and research contributions extend beyond her work as a teacher and advocate. She has published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including one cited in the Learning Disabilities Research Practice, which discusses the use of expressive writing programs to improve the writing skills of high school students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Walker's professional achievements include being a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. She has also completed several continuing education courses, including the Universal Design for Learning Certificate Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School/Penn Network and the Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy. In 2018, she received the Family Law Cali Award for achieving the highest score in her class. Dr. Walker is passionate about promoting inclusive education and ensuring equitable access to education for all students, regardless of their abilities.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Walker to plan and customize a visit to the lab.