Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Marla Lohmann

Meet Dr. Marla Lohmann

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Special Education (University of North Texas)
  • M.Ed., Special Education (University of Houston)
  • B.S., Family Studies and Human Development (Kansas State University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Marla J. Lohmann is an Associate Professor of Special Education and teaches in the online master's degree and alternative licensure programs. Since 2015, she has taught over 100 courses at CCU and received the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the Division of Curriculum & Instruction (now the School of Education Professions). Dr. Lohmann has extensive experience in the field and is a former special education and early childhood teacher; she has taught students with a variety of learning and behavioral needs. In addition to teaching, she has worked in a social skills program for children with autism, privately tutored students with learning disabilities, and worked at a regional educational service center.

Dr. Lohmann is involved in the fields of Special Education and Christian Education. She currently serves in a variety of roles, including the CEC-TED Early Childhood SIG chair, the Colorado TED secretary, a member of the CEC Student Teacher Workgroup, the chair of the Bethlehem Lutheran School Board, and an editorial review board member for seven journals.

Dr. Lohmann has an active research agenda. She is the author/co-author of 3 books and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. In addition, she has done more than three dozen presentations at international education conferences. Her research focuses on the topics of classroom management, Universal Design for Learning, assistive technology, and innovations in online teacher preparation. She is also the principal investigator or co-investigator for three grants to develop training materials designed to support teacher preparation in Colorado.

Publications and Books
  • Lohmann, M. J. (2023). The teacher's guide to action research for special education in PK-12 classrooms. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.
  • Lohmann, M. J. (2023). Creating young expert learners: Universal Design for Learning in preschool and kindergarten. Redleaf Press.
  • Lohmann, M. J. (2021). Positive behavior interventions and supports for preschool and kindergarten. Redleaf Press.
Selected Publications, Peer Reviewed Articles, and Book Chapters
  • Lohmann, M. J., & Boothe, K. A. (2022). Using asynchronous discussions to teach classroom management skills in online teacher preparation courses. Journal of Special Education Preparation, Article 5.
  • Lohmann, M. J., Kappel, A., & Taylor, M. (2022). Augmentative and Alternative Communication & remote learning. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 41(1), 48-54.
  • Lohmann, M. J., Gauvreau, A.N., & Hovey, K.A. (2022). Planning for success. In K.M. Fisher & K.E. Zimmer (Eds). Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices (pp. 99-116). SLACK Publishing.
  • Lohmann, M. J., Randolph, K. M., & Oh, J. H. (2021). Classroom management strategies for hyflex instruction: Setting students up for success in the hybrid environment. Early Childhood Education Journal, 49, 807-814.
  • Lohmann, M. J. & Boothe, K. A. (2020). Developing asynchronous online discussion boards to increase student engagement and learning. In R. Ceglie, A. Thornburg, & D. Abernathy (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Developing Engaging Online Courses (pp. 134-151). IGI Global.
  • Lohmann, M. J., Gauvreau, A. N., Hovey, K. A., & Higgins, J. P. (2019). Using assistive technology tools to support learning in the inclusive preschool classroom. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 8(2), Article 5.
  • Lohmann, M. J., White, B., & Johnson, K. A. (2019). Increasing the rural special education teacher pipeline through asynchronous online instruction: A program description of the Colorado Christian University alternative certification program. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 38(3), 151-161.
  • Lohmann, M. J., Boothe, K. A., Hathcote, A. R., & Turpin, A. (2018). Engaging graduate students in the online learning environment: A Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach to teacher preparation. Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, 20(2), Article 5.