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Faggella-Luby New ANSERS Director

Associate Professor Michael Faggella-Luby became the new director of the Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute, housed in the TCU College of Education. He has been a TCU professor and ANSERS institute faculty since 2013.

Faggella-Luby succeeds Nancy Meadows and most recently Lindy Crawford as director. Crawford will remain the Ann M. Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education and will resume teaching after a sabbatical for international research and outreach on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.

“I’m honored for this opportunity and feel a real sense of responsibility to previous directors and current institute faculty, but mostly to children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them everyday,” Faggella-Luby said. He envisions strengthening the ANSERS Institute partnership with the community using reciprocal research-to-practice. ANSERS faculty will continue to work with teachers and administrators to identify necessary research and employ findings in real classrooms throughout North Texas.

“We want to be part of a growing movement across the TCU campus of engaging in the local community,” Faggella-Luby said.

He also wants to involve parents more with outreach efforts and continue the Teach Well – Build Relationship professional development initiative that last year included educators from five area school districts.

The ANSERS Institute has worked with TCU laboratory schools Starpoint and KinderFrogs and area schools since its creation in 2006. Its mission is to transform the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities and their families through evidence-based research and practice. Visit ansersinstitute.tcu.edu to learn more.