Kate Macleod

Kate MacLeod
Title Assistant Professor of Inclusive Special Education
Telephone 207.778.7099

Kate’s teaching, research, and service to the university and the local and national educational communities are guided by a passion for inclusive education and social justice. She teaches courses about inclusive education in the special education and secondary education undergraduate programs and UMF’s new Masters in Special Education program. Kate is also the current chair of UMF’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team.  Her research is focused on best practices for the inclusion of secondary students with disabilities, understanding the culture of inclusive schools, and inclusive teacher education. She is the co-author of a new book for educators, From Behaving to Belonging: The Inclusive Art of Supporting Students who Challenge Us, published this year by ASCD and has many articles published in research and practitioner journals such as Educational Leadership, Disability & Society, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, International Journal of Whole Schooling, and Rethinking Schools.  As a consultant and advocate, Kate works with school administrators, teachers, and families to create inclusive schools that value diverse students and is a founding member of the Maine Coalition for Inclusive Education.


  • 2018 PhD Special Education, Syracuse University
  • 2016 CAS Disability Studies, Syracuse University
  • 2012 MSED Special Education, Long Island University
  • 2007 BA Philosophy, New York University