Dr. Kelley Brock-Simmons

Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Programs, and Director of Ed.D. Programs


  • Ph.D. Special Education Policy, American University, Washington DC
  • M.Ed. Special Education: Learning Disabilities, American University, Washington DC
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas

Subject Areas Taught at Brenau

  • Educating Exceptional Children
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Education
  • Education Policy
  • Future Trends in Education
  • Issues in Reading
  • Ed.S. Research Sequence
  • Dissertation Support Classes
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Language Based Learning Disabilities

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Education
  • Literacy
  • Dissertation Support
  • Education Policy

Research Interests

  • Teachers and their hidden bias towards children living in poverty
  • Academic advising in an online environment
  • Doctoral candidates perception of quality online dissertation support

Awards and Accolades

  • Vulcan Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award

Academic Affiliations and Leadership Positions held

  • Teacher Leadership Development Institute – PSC, Georgia
  • Faculty Leadership Team, Brenau University, Inaugural Member
  • Pi Kappa Phi, President-Elect

What are three words that best describe your teaching philosophy?

Inclusive, Engaging, Thoughtful

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is paraphrased from Mya Angelou, “Choose something you love to do and then do it so well the world simply cannot take their eyes off of you.”