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Nadya Pancsofar




Scholarly Interests: Home-school involvement; Roles of fathers in child development and learning; Collaborative relationships in classroom communities; Child language development; Equity in higher education

Courses Taught:

  • SPED 664: Research Trends in Special Education.
  • EDUC 513:  Collaboration, Consultation & Partnerships;
  • SPE 326: Models of Early Childhood Special Education;
  • SLP 102: Language, Speech and Communication Development;
  • SPE 102: Social and Legal Foundations of Special Education;

Recent Scholarship:

Pancsofar, N., & Petroff, J. G. (2021). “If we could just sit down and talk:” Fathers perspectives on home-school partnerships. Exceptionality.

Pancsofar, N., Petroff, J. G., & Carlani, J. (2021). Collaborative strategies for supporting the well-being of fathers of young children with complex disabilities. Young Exceptional Children.

Pancsofar, N. (2020). Fathers’ language input and early child language development. In H. E. Fitzgerald, K. von Klitzing, N. Cabrera, T. Skjothaug, & J. Scarano de Mendonca (Eds.), Handbook of Fathers: Prenatal to Pre-K. (pp. 448-470) Springer.

Rao, S., Pancsofar, N., & Monaco, S. (2020). Effective practices for collaborating with families and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. In U. Sharma & S. Salend (Eds.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Inclusive and Special Education. Oxford University Press.

Petroff, J. G., Pancsofar, N., Schleppy, M. & DeMonte, B. (2020). A post program survey of graduates from a college-based program for students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education, 2(2) 1-19.

Pancsofar, N., Petroff, J. G., & Schleppy, M. (2020). School involvement experiences of fathers of children with deafblindness. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 1-12.

Shallish, L., Rao, S., & Pancsofar, N. (2020). Teaching toward social justice: Reflections on collaboration, engagement, and social action in uncertain times. The Educational Forum, 84, 18-28. doi: 10.1080/00131725.2020.1674437

Pancsofar, N., Petroff, J. G., Rao, S., & Mangel, A. (2019). “What I want to do as a father is be there:” Constructions of school involvement for fathers of children with complex disabilities. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 44, 153-168. doi: 10.1177%2F1540796919843147

Petroff, J. G., Pancsofar, N., & Shaaban, E. (2019). Post-school outcomes for youth with deafblindness in the United States: Building further understandings for future practice. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 113, 274-282. doi: 10.1177/0145482X19860005

Pancsofar, N., Petroff, J., & Lewis, A. (2017). Father-friendly classrooms: Making a space for dads of children with disabilities, Teaching Exceptional Children, 49, 309-317..

Pancsofar, N., & Petroff, J. (2016). Teachers’ reported use of co-teaching methods: Associations with structural elements of co-teaching, teacher attitudes and professional development opportunities, The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20, 1043-1053.

Slobodzian, J., Pancsofar, N., Hall, M., & Peel, A. (2016). A Closer Look at the Pragmatic Model of Mentored Undergraduate Research: Examples from One School of Education. CUR Quarterly, 37, 41-45.

Slobodzian, J., & Pancsofar, N. (2014). Models for integrating undergraduate research in teacher training programs: Supporting the transition from learner to educator. CUR Quarterly, 34, 43-47.

Pancsofar, N., & Petroff, J. (2013). Professional development experiences in co-teaching:

Associations with teacher attitudes, interests and confidence. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36, 83-96.

Pancsofar, N., Vernon-Feagans, L., Odom, E., & The Family Life Project Investigators. (2013).

Work experiences and father vocabulary to infants in African American families in low-income rural communities. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34, 73-81.

Pancsofar, N., Vernon-Feagans, L., and The Family Life Project Investigators (2010). Fathers’

early contributions to children’s language development in families from low-income rural communities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25, 450-463.

Pancsofar, N., Vernon-Feagans, L., Odom, E., & Roe, J. (2008). Family relationships during infancy and later mother and father vocabulary use with young children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23, 493-503.

Vernon-Feagans, L., Pancsofar, N., Willoughby, M., Odom, E., Quade, A., Cox, M., & The Family Life Project Investigators. (2008). Predictors of maternal language to infants during a picture book task in the home: Family SES, child characteristics and the parenting environment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 213-226.

Pancsofar, N., &; Vernon-Feagans, L. (2006). Mother and father language input to young children: Contributions to later language development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 571-587.

Conference presentations: Council for Exceptional Children; American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; American Educational Research Association; Society for Research in Child Development Degrees: Ph.D.,

Degrees: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, research specialization in Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy.