Karen Potter

Karen Potter

Program Director of Special Education

Assistant Professor
Special Education & Communication Disorders

575 646-1562

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Potter joined NMSU in Fall of 2014. Prior to this, she earned a doctorate from the University of New Mexico and focused her doctoral research on understanding new special education teachers’ perspectives of their assessment preparation. She has also worked at a scholarly level with literacy intervention for students with complex support needs. Concurrent with doctoral preparation and prior to NMSU, she taught students with a broad range of exceptionalities in a large, diverse, southwestern school district. She maintains New Mexico licensure in Secondary Language Arts and Special Education, Pre-K – 12 and is a member of TASH and CEC.

Research Interests

Classroom Assessment, Teacher Preparation, Inclusive Practices, Literacy and Reading for Students with Disabilities, Best Practices to Increase Learning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities and/or Moderate-Severe Support Needs.

Selected Publications

Potter, K. & Copeland, S. R. (2010). Book review of Next chapter book club: A model community literacy program for people with intellectual disabilities by Tom Fish and Paula Rabidoux with Jillian Ober and Vicki L. W. Graff. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 34, 149-150.

Copeland, S.R., Keefe, E. B., Hulick, P., Jacobson, M., McCord, J., Potter, K., et al. (December 2010). Literacy- All Children empowered: Collaborating for human rights through literacy. Paper presented at the meeting of TASH, Denver, CO.

Creating adapted books for adolescents and young adults with severe disabilities. Poster presented at the 2009 Annual TASH Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 18-21st, 2009.
Co-Presenters: Susan Copeland and Elizabeth Keefe.

Academic Background

Ph.D. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Special Education.

Dissertation Title: Preparing teachers who can effectively assess students with disabilities.

M.A. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Special Education.

Concentration: Intellectual Disabilities and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners.

B.S. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. Secondary Education.

B.A. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. English.