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STEPHEN S RUBIN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

EDUCATION, RUTH S. AMMON SCHOOL OF

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)
M.A., University of South Dakota (1990)
B.S., State University of New York at Oswego (1980)

Recent Courses

Current Topics In Special Education - Research I
Human Development And Learning
Technology And Instruction

Personal Statement

Philosophy of Teaching and Special Education

I started my teaching career as a vocational technology instructor in a general secondary education classroom. My path to becoming a special educator started when I became Chair of my department at Cook Jr. High School in Houston, Texas. At that time I became the liaison between special education and regular education which introduced to me a unique movement in the world of education, driven not only by the legislative mandate of Pub.L. 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act, reauthorized as Pub.L. 101-476, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), but by the values contained within the mandate. Today, the line between federal mandate and the ubiquitous personal belief system of serving all children regardless of their limitations has become wonderfully thin. My teaching philosophy is to dissolve this line even further. We must challenge ourselves to “want” to serve any student who has the good fortune to be in our classes.

Often, based on my years in the public school, teachers would consider students that were difficult to teach, “obstacles.” Their job and their quality of life would be considerably better if these difficult cases were removed from their classrooms. These attitudes, in my belief, indicate that teachers see their chosen field as an occupation, worthy of occupational hazards, vis-à-vis a profession, worthy of professional challenges. My philosophy is to validate their teaching as a profession rather than as an occupation. Both may be careers, and differences will no doubt be subject to academic discourse, but it is the individuals’ own perception of their career path that will lead to this validation. I relate this concept to seeing a doctor for a difficult diagnosis. If the doctor cannot treat the condition or disease, they will often refer the patient to a specialist. This is an active and accepted part of their profession. In the field of law, Attorneys may take on difficult cases and see them as challenges rather than as obstacles. Does the field of education foster these values? As a special educator I am particularly sensitive to the need for individuals who teach children and adolescents to develop a value system that will allow them to see themselves as professionals and challenge themselves to “treat” all students.

For graduate students in particular who are currently teaching in public and private schools, graduate school is part of their professional diet, which includes a menu of ethics, best practices, and enrichment through the procurement and evolution of resources. Over the past several years, faculty, myself included have developed and fostered a framework for teaching at Adelphi. This conceptual framework as it is known consists of six core values which are critical to the longitudinal success of a classroom teacher in and out of the classroom. The values in which I subscribe are (a) scholarship, (b) reflective practice, (c) social justice, (d) inclusive community, (e) wellness, and (f) creativity and the arts. It is through these values that we can organize a well-spirited curriculum. Lifelong learning through scholarship, taking time to consider the consequence and betterment of one’s own labor through reflection, ethics and equality through social justice, teaching and practicing diversity through inclusive community, creating a conducive learning environment through wellness, and fostering creativity in the classroom through creativity and the arts.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Psychometric assessment, quantitative research methods, and technology methodology focusing on ways for in-service and pre-service teachers to incorporate technology into the curriculum.

Artistic/Creative Work

"Tree Dedication and Memorial Walk for the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation". Photographed, edited, and produced a short film for the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation. Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. April 2005.

"Inaugural Dinner of the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation". Photographed, edited, and produced a short film for the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation. African-American Museum, Hempstead, New York. April 2005.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Rubin, S. (2005). I can’t teach children with disabilities – I’m not a special educator. In A.Mungai & E. Kogan (Eds.), Pathways to Inclusion, Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Rubin, S. (Spring 2005). Our evolution to the digital portfolio. Teaching and Research Forum, 8, Faculty Center for Professional Excellence Newsletter, Garden City, NY: Adelphi University:

Rimmer, J., Rubin, S.S., & Riley, B. (2002). The Physical Activity and Disability Survey (PADS). Chicago, IL: National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rimmer, J., Rubin, S.S., & Riley, B. (2002). Barriers to Physical Activity and Disability Survey (BPADS) The Physical Activity and Disability Survey (PADS). Chicago, IL: National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rubin, S., Smith, D., & Williams, B. (2001). Physical activity and fitness for persons with mental retardation. Qnotes: Quarterly Newsletter of the National Association of QMRP’s, 3(1), 12-13.

Rimmer, J., Riley, B., Park, H., & Rubin, S. (2001). A new measure for assessing the physical activity behaviors of persons with disabilities and chronic health conditions: The physical activity and disability survey. American Journal of Health Promotion, 16(1), 34-45.

Rimmer, J., Rubin, S., & Braddock, D.(2000). Barriers to physical exercise in African-American women with physical disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 81, 182-188.

Braddock, D., & Rubin, S. (2000). The Archives and Library on Disability.
Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL.

Rimmer, J., Rubin, S., Braddock, D., & Hedman, G. (1999). Physical activity patterns of African-American women with physical disabilities. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(4), 613-618.

Luft, P., & Rubin, S. (1999). Supported employment services to students with severe disabilities: Emphasis patterns across stakeholders. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 22(1), 101-116.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1999). Wages, benefits, and turnover of residential direct care staff serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Illinois. Newsbreak: 24 (2), 22-37.

Rubin, S., Rimmer, J., Chicoine, B., McGuire, D. & Braddock, D. (1998). Overweight prevalence in persons with Down syndrome. Mental Retardation, 36 (3), 175-181.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998). A look at wages, benefits, and turnover of residential direct care staff: 1994-97. Alert, 9 (4), 10-14.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998). Wages, benefits, and turnover of residential direct care staff serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Illinois. Public Policy MonographSeries, Number 57. Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Disability and Human Development.

Heal, L., Rubin, S., & Rusch, F. (1998). Residential independence of former special education high school students: A second look. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 19 (1),1-26.

Chicoine, B., McGuire, D., & Rubin, S. (1998). Specialty clinic perspectives. In M. Janicki, & A.Dalton, (Eds.), Dementia, Aging, and Intellectual Disabilities: A handbook (pp.278-293). Philadelphia, PA: Brunner/Mazel- Taylor and Francis Group.

Rubin, S., Rimmer, J., Chicoine, B., & Braddock, D. (1997). Weight levels for persons with Down syndrome. Addvantage. 9, (1). 10-12.

Rubin, S., & Heal, L. (1996). Revisiting 10 adults with developmental disabilities after 13 years in their own apartments. Exceptionality, 6, 231-245

Rubin, S. (1995). Wording formats and biases in interview responses by adults with mental retardation. UMI Dissertation Information Service, Ann Arbor, MI.

Rubin, S. (1994). Book review: The ADA mandate for social change. Paul Wehman(Ed.). The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. 18, 304-305.

Kohler, P., Rubin, S., & Rusch, F., (1994). Descriptive analysis of OSERS-sponsored postsecondary education model programs. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals. 17, 53-58.

Rubin, S. (1993). Job Matching in Supported Employment: Variables related to transitional planning for students with moderate and severe disabilities. In T. Dais, N. Meier-Kronick, P. Luft, & F. Rusch (Eds.), Selected readings in transition: Cultural differences, chronic illness, and job matching. Vol 2, pp. 56-74. Champaign, IL. Transition Research Institute.

Schiro-Geist, C., Rubin, S., & Schoon, F. (1992). Enhancing the placement of persons with multiple and severe disabilities. Final Report. Project Grant# 133F90023. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Washington, DC.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Rubin, S., Coward, G., Sosin, A., & Zarco, E. (2006, July). Toward Getting Everyone on Board: Electronic Portfolios, One Program at a Time. To be presented at the 5th Annual LiveText Collaboration Conference. Chicago, IL.

Rubin, S., & Coward, G. (2006, January). A Technological Model of Accountability for Candidate Success in a Diverse Educational Personnel Preparation. Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). San Diego, CA.

Rubin, S., & Sosin, A. (2005, July). Adelphi University’s School of Education journey towards using College LiveText for portfolios and assessment. 4th Annual LiveText Collaboration Conference. Chicago, IL.

Rubin, S. (2005, December) Photographed, edited, and produced a short film for the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation, Tree Dedication and Memorial Walk (April 30, 2005). Presented at the Second Annual Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation Dinner, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

Rubin, S. (2005, December) Edited and produced a short film for the CWM Foundation, Inaugural Dinner of the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation (April 9, 2005). Presented at the Second Annual Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation Dinner, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

Rubin, S. (2005, April). Assessing student learning outcomes through an electronic portfolio. University Assessment Forum, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

Rubin, S. (2002, June). Curriculum development for learners with special needs. Institute Workshop for Teaching Fellows, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Rubin, S., & Braddock, D. (2000, May). The Archives and Library on Disability. The 124th Annual Conference of the American Association on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.

Rimmer, J., & Rubin, S. (1999, August). Barriers to exercise among African-American woman with disabilities. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Promoting the Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1999, January). I live near a mall, why would I want to work in direct care? Invited Plenary Speaker, United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois, Annual Conference, Lisle, IL.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998, December). Wages, benefits, and turnover of direct care staff of individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Illinois. Invited Speaker, Press Conference held at the Gov. James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, IL.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998, May). Fast food or direct care? A fiscal choice: The study of wages, benefits, and turnover in Illinois. Invited Speaker, The Arc of Illinios Annual Convention, Rockford, IL.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1999, January). I live near a mall, why would I want to work in direct care? Invited Plenary Speaker, United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois, Annual Conference, Lisle, IL.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998, December). Wages, benefits, and turnover of direct care staff of individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Illinois. Invited Speaker, Press Conference held at the Gov. James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, IL.

Rubin, S., Park, H., & Braddock, D. (1998, May). Fast food or direct care? A fiscal choice: The study of wages, benefits, and turnover in Illinois. Invited Speaker, The Arc of Illinios Annual Convention, Rockford, IL.

Heal, L., Khoju, M., Rubin, S, Rusch, F., & Harnisch, D. (1997, August). Quality of life after special education. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

McGuire, D., Chicoine, B., & Rubin, S. (1997, August). Psychosocial factors and aging in individuals with Down syndrome. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Chicoine, B., McGuire, D., & Rubin, S. (1997, April). Health and psychosocial findings of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Presented at the Eighth International Roundtable on Aging and Intellectual Disabilities, Chicago, IL.

Wheeler, J., & Rubin, S. (1990, February). Supported employment for students with handicaps. Presented at the First Annual State Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Huron, South Dakota.

Heal, L., Khoju, M., Rubin, S, Rusch, F., & Harnisch, D. (1997, August). Quality of life after special education. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

McGuire, D., Chicoine, B., & Rubin, S. (1997, August). Psychosocial factors and aging in individuals with Down syndrome. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Chicoine, B., McGuire, D., & Rubin, S. (1997, April). Health and psychosocial findings of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Presented at the Eighth International Roundtable on Aging and Intellectual Disabilities, Chicago, IL.

Rubin, S., Rimmer, J., Chicoine, B., Braddock, D., & McGuire, D. (1998, May). Overweight prevalence in persons with Down syndrome. Presented at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation, San Diego, California.

Rimmer, J., & Rubin, S. (1997, May). Exercise, health, activity, and barriers to exercise in adults with physical disabilities. Presented at the 11th International Symposium for Adapted Physical Activity and 8th National Forum on Physical Activity and Disability. Quebec, Canada.

Chicoine, B., McGuire, D., Hebein, S., & Rubin, S. (1997, May). Aging and Down Syndrome. Presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation, New York, NY.

Rubin, S. (1996, June). Truth or fiction? Do adults with mental retardation really tell you how they feel? Presented at the 120th Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation, San Antonio, TX.

Heller, T., & Rubin, S. (1996, June). Assessing choice-making: Cross cultural
perspectives of family members and adults with mental retardation. Presented at the 120th Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation, San Antonio, TX.

Honors and Accomplishments

Recipient of the National Outstanding Dissertation and New Researcher Award: Academy on Mental Retardation of the American Association on Mental Retardation, San Antonio, Texas, June 1996.

Listed in Who's Who in American Education (1992-1993 Edition)
Chicago, Illinois.

Recipient of Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education Award: University of South Dakota, April 1990.

Professional Activities

Board Member of The Arc of Illinois, 2000-2001

Consultant to the National Center on Physical Activity and Center on Health Promotion, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. 1996-present

Member of –
American Association on Mental Retardation
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Council for Exceptional Children


Past Memberships –
National Education Association (1981 1987)

Organized and Sponsored Chapters #128 and #40, an affiliation of The Texas and Brazos Valley Industrial Arts Student Associations. Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, Texas (1982 1987).