Dr. Alicia R. Pence

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alicia R. Pence
(615) 904-8034
Room 314, College of Education Building (COE)
MTSU Box 69, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Monday 12:30-2PM

Wednesday 10-11:30AM; 12:30-2PM

Friday 12:30-2PM

By appointment is also available.

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
  • M.A.E., Western Kentucky University (2006)
  • B.S., Western Kentucky University (2002)

Areas of Expertise

Inclusive Education, Extracurricular Activities, and Service Learning.

Biography

Dr. Pence is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education at MTSU. Her research interests are in the areas of inclusive extracurricular activity participation of students with disabilities and the use of service-learning pedagogy in teacher preparation.  Her current research involves investigating the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular school clubs.  Dr. Pence also supervises Residency I students in the Interventionist Prog...

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Dr. Pence is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education at MTSU. Her research interests are in the areas of inclusive extracurricular activity participation of students with disabilities and the use of service-learning pedagogy in teacher preparation.  Her current research involves investigating the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular school clubs.  Dr. Pence also supervises Residency I students in the Interventionist Program, while teaching courses related to the Interventionist Major.  Prior to MTSU, Dr. Pence taught middle school special education in Kentucky for eight years where she served as a resource teacher, co-teacher, and Response to Intervention Math Specialist.  Ultimately, Dr. Pence endeavors to prepare dynamic special education teachers while maintaining strong advocacy efforts for individuals with disabilities. 

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Publications

Pence, A. R. & Dymond, S. K. (2016). Teachers’ beliefs about the participation of students with severe disabilities in school-sponsored clubs. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 41, 52-68. doi:10.1177/1540796915626009  

Pence, A. R. & Dymond, S. K. (2015). Extracurricular school clubs: A time for fun and learning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47(5), 281-288. doi:10.1177/0040059915580029  

Presentations

Pence, A., & Dymond, S. (2016, December). Extracurricular school clubs and students with severe disabilities: Perceptions, participation, and purpose. Paper presented at TASH Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.  

Agran, M., Dymond, S., Pence, A., & Thoma, C. (2016, December). Providing full inclusion: Enhancing student participation in extracurricular activities. Research panel invited guest presented...

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Pence, A., & Dymond, S. (2016, December). Extracurricular school clubs and students with severe disabilities: Perceptions, participation, and purpose. Paper presented at TASH Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.  

Agran, M., Dymond, S., Pence, A., & Thoma, C. (2016, December). Providing full inclusion: Enhancing student participation in extracurricular activities. Research panel invited guest presented at TASH Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.  

Pence, A. (2016, December). A young adult’s journey to community and leisure involvement. Poster presentation presented at TASH Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.  

Pence, A. & Dymond, S. (2016, November). Extracurricular school clubs and students with severe disabilities: Implications for Teacher Preparation. Paper presented at TED Annual Conference, Lexington, KY.

Pence, A., & Dymond, S. (2014, December). School clubs: Getting students with severe disabilities involved. Paper presented at TASH Annual Conference, Washington, DC.  

Dymond, S., Gent, P., & Pence, A. (2014, November). Service learning in teacher preparation: What works? Paper presented at TED Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.  

Pickens, J., Pence, A., & Danner, N. (2014, November). Transitions from pre-school to post-school. Paper presented at TED Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.   

Pence, A. (2014, March).  Participating in community leisure activities: A case study. Round table discussion presented at the College of Education Graduate Student Conference, Urbana, IL.  

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Awards

2015 Ranked as Outstanding Instructor, SPED 590/SPED 199: High School Service Learning,        Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

2014 Ranked as Excellent Instructor, SPED 199: High School Service Learning, Department of Special Education, UIUC.                 

2014 The Margaret Bansau Fellowship Award, Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

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2015 Ranked as Outstanding Instructor, SPED 590/SPED 199: High School Service Learning,        Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

2014 Ranked as Excellent Instructor, SPED 199: High School Service Learning, Department of Special Education, UIUC.                 

2014 The Margaret Bansau Fellowship Award, Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

2013 Robert Bruce Reinoehl Memorial Award, Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

2012 University Fellowship Award, Department of Special Education, UIUC.  

2010 Albin & Young Award, Department of Special Education, UIUC.

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Courses

SPED 3010

SPED 3020

SPED 4210