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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-3489 Donna Nigh Dept. of Advanced Professional & Special Services LIB 127 , Box 193


Terry Spigner, Ph.D. (Howard University, 1992) has been a faculty member in the Donna Nigh Department of Advanced Professional and Special Services at the University of Central Oklahoma since 1998 and currently serves as special education program coordinator. In addition to teaching at UCO, he has served as a visiting professor at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater campus), assistant to the dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies, Langston University and director of Special Education Services for the Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Spigner received a Ph.D. from Howard University in communication sciences and disorders, with an emphasis in neurologic disorders in children and adults. The doctoral program was sponsored via a grant from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He received an M.S. in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1986, an M.S. degree in clinical audiology for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1980 and a B.A. in speech and hearing from the University of Oklahoma (Norman) in 1977.

His research history is in the areas of discipline, second generational parenting, functional communication skills in elderly populations, teaching math to special populations, equal rights for individuals with disabilities and classroom modification. He has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences.

Spigner's community work is extensive. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) and a regular volunteer with the Oklahoma City Special Olympics.

In addition to his professional career, Spigner serves and an assistant director and board member for the renowned Ambassador’s Concert Choir. Spigner also serves as the director of Fine Arts for the St. John Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.




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