Associate Professor of Special Education
Director of the Master of Education in Special Education Program
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, PhD – Special Education
- Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, MAT – Special Education
- Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, BS – Psychology
- 2020-present: Associate Professor – University of Lynchburg, School of Education, Leadership Studies and Counseling
- 2015-2020: Assistant Professor – University of Lynchburg, School of Education, Leadership Studies and Counseling
- 2014-2015: Adjunct Professor – University of Lynchburg, School of Education and Human Development
- 2015: Adjunct Professor – Liberty University, School of Education
- 2010-2014: Doctoral Student/Candidate – University of Virginia Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
- 2011: Editorial Assistant for Exceptionality – Assisted in the review process for journal articles submitted to the journal Exceptionality
- 2006-2010: Special Education Teacher – Heritage High School, Lynchburg, Virginia. 9th – 12th grade special education math teacher. Taught students with high incidence disabilities and behavioral disorders in collaborative and self- contained classrooms
- 2005-2006: Behavior Therapist – Central Virginia Community Services Board,
Lynchburg, Virginia. Worked at a middle school with students who had mental health diagnosis and were in danger of failing or being removed from school.
- Kennedy, M., Hirsch, S.E., Rodgers, W.J., Bruce, A.A., & Lloyd, J.W. (2017). Supporting high school teachers’ implementation of evidence-based classroom management practices. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 47-57
- Polloway, E., & Bruce. A. (2016). Mathematics instruction. In . E.A. Polloway, J.R. Patton, L. Serna, & J.W. Bailey (Eds.). Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs: 10th ed.
- Kauffman, J. M., Bruce, A., & Lloyd, J. W. (2012). Response to intervention (RTI) and students with emotional and behavioral disorders. In J. P. Bakken, F. E. Obiakor, & A. F. Rotatori (Eds.), Advances in Special Education: Vol. 23. Behavioral disorders: Practice concerns and students with EBD (pp. 107-128). doi:10.1108/S0270-4013(2012)0000023009
- Bruce, A., Lloyd, J. W., & Kennedy, M. J. (2012). Targets of self-monitoring: Productivity, accuracy, and attention. In B. G. Cook, M. Tankersley, & T. J. Landrum (Eds.), Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Vol. 25. Classroom behavior, contexts, and interventions (pp. 1-21) doi.org/10.1108/S0735-004X(2012)0000025004
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations
- Hirsch, S.E., Bruce, A., & Lloyd, J.W. (2016). Understanding the role of social validity in Tier II interventions. Paper presented at the Annual Teacher Education of Children With Behavioral Disorders conference, Tempe, Arizona.
- Bruce, A., Kennedy, M. J., & Lloyd, J. W. (2013, April). Using locally produced video to improve classroom management skills. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, Texas.
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations (Poster Sessions)
- Lloyd, J. W., Kennedy, M. J., & Bruce, A. (2013, February). Using locally produced video to improve classroom management skills. Poster presented at the Pacific Coast Research Conference, San Diego, California.
- Hirsch, S. E., & Bruce, A. (2013). The reporting of social validity in interventions serving students with or at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders from 1996 through 2012. Poster presented at the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Research Conference, Chicago, Illinois
Manuscripts under Review
- Bruce, A., Hirsch, S. E., & Lloyd, J. W. (under review). The reporting of social validity in interventions serving students with or at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders from 1996 through 2016. Behavioral Disorders
Manuscripts in Progress
- Bruce, A., Powell, S. R. (unpublished manuscript). Exploring student response to initial single digit multiplication instruction.
- Bruce, A. (unpublished manuscript). Cognitive factors’ influence on fraction development in students of varying ability levels.
I have guest reviewed four articles for the journal Exceptional Children in 2016 and 2018.
University of Lynchburg
- PSYC 212 – Introduction to Behavior Modification
- SPED 334 – Characteristics of Learning and Related Disabilities
- EDUC 425 – Methods: Math Instruction
- SPED 606 – Characteristics of Youth with Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
- EDHD 609 – Research Methods and Applications
- SPED 620 – Language Development/Instruction & Assistive Technology
- SPED 625 – Positive Behavioral Interventions
- SPED 635 – Social, Functional, and Transition Programming
- SPED 644 – Academic Instruction for Students with Disabilities
- Provided hundreds of hours of individual and small group tutoring for the Core Math Praxis exam. Helped over a dozen students pass the exam so they can become licensed teachers
- 2016 – present: Member of IRB committee
- 2017 – Member of GERT committee
- 2018 – Friend of the GEOC committee, helped review DELL course proposals
- 2017 – served on a grade appeal committee
- Co-PI on 1.4 million dollar Noyce grant proposal. Primarily responsible for developing plan, gathering information, and establishing contacts with local school divisions.
- Member of two dissertation committees (spent dozens of hours helping doctoral candidate conceptualize and properly run his statistical analysis)
- Undergraduate Advisor
- Helped proctor senior exams
- 2016 – 2017: Worked with special education faculty to redesign comprehensive exams using a case study format
- 2017 – present: Currently collaborating with SELC faculty to redesign our undergraduate program to meet national accreditation and better prepare our graduates
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Division for Learning Disabilities
- Council for Children with Behavior Disorders
- K-12 Special Education Teaching License in state of Virginia