Stacy Ness

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Dr. Stacy Ness is the Associate Dean II for the Licensure programs (BSEE, MATEE, MAT Special Education, and Eds/MSED Principal preparation) as well as the Early Childhood Studies programs (BSECS/MSECS). Throughout her time at Walden, she has been a Program Director, Academic Coordinator, course instructor, lead university supervisor, mentor and dissertation chair. She has conducted research studies, presented at conferences, and is the creator of doctoral and master’s courses on various topics associated with Special Education and Early Childhood. Past experiences include being a self-contained classroom teacher for students identified with autism, an Early Childhood Special Education Building Coordinator, and a trainer for the Minnesota Centers of Excellence for serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Children and their Families. Stacy has a passion for working with children with Autism and has presented at CEC as well as state conferences on this and other topics in the field of special education. She is active in her community as a volunteer at her local school, a volunteer for various community activities, and as a former board member for community service entities.


PhD, Capella University

Masters, Saint Mary's University

BA, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Public Service

Home Owners Association, President -

Reading Intervention School District 885, Volunteer -

Steps of Hope Committee, Committee Member -

Awards / Honors

Effective Practice Award, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) , 2018

Eduventures Innovation Award, Eduventures, 2018

MN Teacher of the Year Nominee, , 2007

Other, KS95 Teacher of the Week, 2006


Ness, S. L., Russell, T. L. (2021). Family Engagement in the Virtual Environment . Harris County Department of Education

Ness, S. L., Oleary, B. P. (2018). Classroom Management: Relationships Matter. Walden University

Ness, S. L. (2018). Inter-rater Reliability. Walden University

Share, L., Knutson, J., Ness, S. (2015). Assessment and Data-Informed Decision-Making in Preservice Teacher Education. Walden University