Appl, Dolores
Professor of Special Education
2001 PhD Early Childhood Special Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; 1990 MS Early Childhood Special Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; 1988 BAS Early Childhood Education, Emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Special Ed: Early Childhood Special Education, Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Infant and Child Development, Parent-Child Playgroups as an Inclusive Practicum Setting, Supporting Beginning Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Dolores Appl is a faculty member in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program at UMF. Along with teaching courses for early childhood and early childhood special education majors, she coordinates an inclusive parent-child playgroup based on the Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) model. The PIWI model is research-based and Dr. Appl and her students have added to the research through publications and conference presentations. Dr. Appl enjoys working closely with students in the PIWI-inspired playgroup and other collaborative projects. In addition, she has taken the lead in aligning the ECSE program with the Division for Early Childhood professional standards. She is proud to be part of the ECSE program at UMF and contribute to the preparation of competent ECSE professionals. When not pursuing professional interests, Dolores enjoys cross-country skiing, gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Spenciner, Loraine
Professor of Special Education and Chairperson
PhD Boston College
Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Special Ed: Assessment Practices, Assistive Technologies, Supporting Children with Disabilities in Natural Settings, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Spenciner’s areas of interest include teaching methods, strategies, and technologies for creating inclusive physical, learning, and social environments. Her research focuses on assessment and the teacher’s role in promoting acceptance and friendships among children, both with and without disabilities. Dr. Spenciner has co-authored numerous articles and books including Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs, 5th edition, which has world-rights. She has been a special education teacher, education consultant for the ME Dept. of Education, visiting scholar at the National Institute for Education in Singapore, and exchange professor at Beijing University of Technology.  She has conducted workshops and trainings for educators in the United States, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. Currently, she teaches a variety of courses and chairs the Division of Rehabilitation Services and Special Education.