UROP Faculty Profile - Barbara Cherem
Barb Cherem is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education. Barb received her M.A. degree in Special Education from Michigan State University with an emphasis in teaching of Emotionally Impaired and Learning Disabled. She went on to receive a PhD in Ed. Administration (with emphasis on Adult Learning and Development/Community Development); also from Michigan State University.
Dr. Cherem's most recent special education experience includes work as a special education administrator and a teacher consultant in a suburban/urban high school located northwest of Detroit (SY 2003-2007). This high school program had 100 adolescent students, half of whom were Learning Disabled, and six teaching staff. Previous work in the field included: Homme Home for Boys; Jackson Public Schools; and Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Center (middle school thru high school, all subjects). Barb has served as a teacher, administrator, school board member, grants/researcher, professor of Teacher Education and Adult Education, as well as a parent and school volunteer. Although she has background and experience teaching in private education and respect its contribution, she is a strong advocate for the public school system as fundamental to a functional democracy.
Dr. Cherem's general interests include current issues, global issues, fair trade and travel. Her research interests include studying what motivates seniors to learn in their later years.