Samantha Gesel

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Assistant Professor, Special Education

Dr. Samantha A. Gesel is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at UNC Charlotte. Her research focuses on intensive interventions and data-based decision-making in reading, particularly for students with the most persistent reading difficulties. She is especially interested in training teachers to effectively navigate multi-tiered systems of support and use data-based individualization (DBI) in practice. This includes working with schools to identify barriers to DBI implementation and support the continued use of these practices. Dr. Gesel teaches undergraduate courses related to reading assessments and using data to inform instructional practices. You can find Dr. Gesel's latest CV here.


Ph.D. in Special Education, Vanderbilt University, 2019
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2011


Assessment, Design, & Implementation of Classroom Reading Instruction

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Design and evaluation of intensive interventions in reading
Reading assessments
Application of data-based individualization in practice

Awards & Honors

2022 TED Publication Award, Council for Exceptional Children: Teacher Education Division
2022 Cato College of Education Early Career Award, UNC Charlotte
2019 Early Career Research Award recipient, Badar-Kauffman Conference on Contemporary Issues in Special Education

2018 Semmel Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

2018 Dick Shores Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University