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Dr. James Dennis Cavitt

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Title
Associate Professor
Location
Ferguson Hall
Room
309

Bio

Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Special Education in the West College of Education at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, where he teaches special education in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Dr. Cavitt has over 38 years of experience in Special Education where he worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Special Programs administrator in public schools, Dr. Cavitt is active in the Council for Exceptional Children where he was the Texas CEC and is the 2021 President of the International CEC.

His research interests include:

  • The Development of an Attitude of Hospitality Regarding Students with Disabilities with Preservice Teachers.
  • Executive Skills Training with Students with High-Incidence Disabilities. Self-Determination Training for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities.
  • Using Functional Behavioral Assessment with Nondisabled Students Who Engage in Disruptive Classroom Behaviors.

Dr. Cavitt, enjoys reading and collecting books, loves to barbecue, and especially spending time with family.

Institution Degree Graduation Date
Texas Tech University Ed. D 2014
Tarleton State University M.Ed. in Educational Leadership 2000
Abilene Christian University M.S in Clinical Psychology 1987
Pepperdine University B.A. 1980
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Abilene Christian University Assistant Professor of Special Education 08/01/2007 07/01/2018
Decatur Independent School District-Decatur Texas Director of Special Programs: Special Education / 504 / Dyslexia 03/01/2003 07/01/2007
Weatherford Independent School District Assistant Director of Special Programs 07/01/2001 03/01/2003
Region 11 Education Service Center Consultant for Special Education 07/01/2000 07/01/2001
East End Special Education Co-Op Assistant Director 07/01/1999 07/01/2000
East End Special Education Co-Op Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 08/01/1997 07/01/2000
Windham School District-Texas Department of Criminal Justice Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 04/01/1993 08/01/1997
Abilene Independent School District Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 01/10/1983 10/01/1987

Intellectual development and specific learning disability: The role of norm-referenced tests.

Schultz, E., Rutherford, E., & Cavitt, D. (Fall 2021). Intellectual development and specific learning disability: The role of norm-referenced tests. Special Education Research, Policy & Practice (SERPP).

Get Feedback: Giving, Exhibiting and Teaching Feedback in Special Education Teacher Preparation.

Cavitt, D. (2020) TEACHing feedback in instruction. In M. D. Elford, , H. Haynes-Smith,, & S. James, S. Get Feedback: Giving, Exhibiting and Teaching Feedback in Special Education Teacher Preparation. SLACK, Inc.

Instructional Strategies Supporting Executive Function Skills for Individuals Identified with High Incidence Disabilities.

Cavitt, D. (Spring 2016). Instructional Strategies Supporting Executive Function Skills for Individuals Identified with High Incidence Disabilities.  Texas Council For Exceptional Children: The Bulletin. 22, 4-8.

In Press: Victories and challenges of virtual environments with students with disabilities.

Cavitt, D. & Kovach, D (in press). Victories and challenges of virtual environments with students with disabilities. In E. Reeves & C. McIntyre (Eds.), Multidisciplinary perspectives on diversity and equity in a virtual world (pp. TBD). IGI Global.

In Press: Structure and organization for effective classroom management.

Yell, M.L., & Cavitt, D. (in press). Structure and organization for effective classroom management. In S. Smith & M. Yell. Creating positive elementary classrooms: Preventing behavior challenges to promote learning (2nd. ed.). Rowman & Littlefield.

Celebrating CEC virtual and LIVE connections.

Cavitt, D. (2021). Celebrating CEC virtual and LIVE connections. Teaching exceptional children. 53(5). 336-337. https://doi.org/10.1177/00400599211010810


Using the LISTENS active listening technique to mend or deepen relationships.

Cavitt, D. (2021). Using the LISTENS active listening technique to mend or deepen relationships. Teaching exceptional children. 53(4). 268-269. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059921996643

The opportunities of 2021.

Cavitt, D. (2021). The opportunities of 2021. Teaching exceptional children. 53(3). 178-179. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059920981791

Practicing Personal Disciplines to Maintain Professional Integrity.

Cavitt, D. (Fall 2016). Practicing Personal Disciplines to Maintain Professional Integrity. Texas Council for Exceptional Children: The Bulletin.