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John Filler, Ph.D.


Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education
CEB 154
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Dr. Filler received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1974. Before joining the faculty at UNLV in 1989 he served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Illinois Institute on Developmental Disabilities and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.; Assistant to Associate Professor of Special Education at California State University, Hayward and while there also as Assistant Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and as the first Assistant Vice President for Research; and, finally, as Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education at the University of Idaho. He has published 9 book chapters and 29 refereed journal articles in such prestigious journals as Child Development, Psychological Reports, the International Journal of Inclusive Education, the American Journal of Mental Deficiency, the Journal of the Association for Severe Handicaps, the Journal of Special Education and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. He has co-edited 2 books and successfully competed for over 5 million dollars in grant funds. He is co-author of Writing Educationally Relevant and Legally Compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Preschool and Elementary Age Students: A Guide for General and Special Educators and has authored a second volume on IEP development for secondary students. Since his arrival at UNLV he has been elected UNLV Faculty Senate Chairperson on three separate occasions, elected Chair of the Nevada Council of Faculty Senate Chairs, served as Faculty Associate to the NSHE Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and held the cabinet level position of Senior Advisor to former UNLV President Carol Harter. He has served as Chair of the UNLV Faculty Senate University Tenure and Promotion Committee and as a member of the UNLV President?s Advisory Council. His research interests are focused upon the identification of variables that influence the acquisition of pro-social skills in very young children with multiple disabilities.

Research Expertise

Early childhood special education, inclusion strategies