Dr. Rebekah Dyer is a Full Professor in the college of education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. The courses that she teaches focus on special education, both undergraduate and graduate. She is the Branch Council Executive Committee Chair and National Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association. She is the current president of the AZ Neuro-Diversity Inclusivity Parent Teacher Student Association (NDI-PTSA). This organization was formed to support districts and schools in the state of Arizona in understanding and supporting neurodiversity.
Dr. Dyer is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities, specifically regarding inclusion in all settings. She is on the advisory board for the Lopes Academy at Grand Canyon University. The Lopes Academy provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to experience college in a 2-year certificate program. She teaches classes in this program as well. Dr. Dyer also hosts an annual Disability Week for the university campus to increase knowledge of disability and promote inclusion.
She graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a dual certification in both regular and special education. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dyer graduated with a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education from Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in disability ministry programs. She presented her research at an International Autism Conference in Nanjiing, China.
Dr. Dyer has published multiple articles and presented at numerous national conferences on disability and inclusion.
Research interests include special education, inclusion of individuals with disabilities, dyslexia, differentiated instruction and disability ministry.
Strengths in teaching include building relationships with students, communication, and classroom engagement.