Dr. Rinyka Allison is a Dissertation Chair for the College of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. She received her BSW from Austin Peay State University, her Master’s in Special Education from The University of Phoenix, her Doctorate in Special Education from Walden University and her Post-Doctorate in K-12 Assessment and Accountability from Walden University. After several years working in the field of Social Work, Dr. Allison began advocating for children with special needs both as a classroom teacher and currently as a Special Education Advocate. Dr. Allison currently serves as a CAEP Reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and acts as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Allison also serves as a content specialist on several dissertation committees with various universities. She recently collaborated on a manuscript with friend and colleague Dr. Catrina Manigo, entitled Does Pre-school Really Matter? Dr. Allison is recognized as a Distinguished Clinical Supervisor of Student Teachers at Grand Canyon University as in her eight-year tenure with the university she has supervised over 250 pre-service educators in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. Dr. Allison currently resides in Virginia with her husband Christopher and their two children.
Areas of Research Interest: inclusive education, military-connected students with disabilities, resiliency, special education law, teacher licensure policies, and best practices.