Michelle D. Griffin, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Teaching & Leadership
- Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Assessment, Progress Monitoring, Special Education Law
Dr. Michelle D. Griffin has over 31 years of combined experience in the field of K-12 education, special education and higher education. She began her career as a middle school teacher and went onto become a special education teacher. She worked with students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities. She also worked for several years in a residential setting for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. During her years in public education, Dr. Griffin also served as an educational evaluator, an assistant director and as a special education program coordinator for various special education units in ND. She continues to assist special education units with assessments, IEPs and transition to adult life services. Dr. Griffin began working at UND in the Special Education Program in 2000 as a Clinical Supervisor for the Special Education Resident Teacher Program, while also teaching several special education graduate courses including Legal/Ethical Aspects in Special Education, Introduction to Learning Disabilities, Progress Monitoring, Behavior Management, Advanced Assessment, Transition to Adult Life, IEP Development, Advanced Methods in Learning Disabilities, and serving as a supervisor for on-the-job internships in special education. Currently, as an Associate Professor in the Special Education Department, Dr. Griffin teaches courses at the master's, doctorate and undergraduate levels. She primarily teaches Legal/Ethical Aspects in Special Education, Education Law and Ethics, Advanced Methods in Learning Disabilities, Progress Monitoring, and Foundations of Special Education.
She was the recipient of the College of Education and Human Development's 2021 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.
Special Education/Education Law
Literacy Development for Learners with Disabilities
Transition for Secondary Students with Disabilities/Transition IEPs
UND College of Education and Human Development Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award for the Department of Teaching, Leadership and Professional Practice (May 2021)
Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching & Learning
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA-GRAND FORKS, ND August 2005
Master of Science in Special Education
MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY-MINOT, ND May 1994
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (with minors in Early Childhood Education, Reading & Psychology)
MAYVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY-MAYVILLE, ND May 1991 Cum Laude