Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education
Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of West Georgia. She teaches in the area of Special Education within the Department Literacy and Special Education. She is also the College of Education, Director of Graduate Studies. Michelle has served as an adjunct professor, a superintendent of a charter middle school, and a director of a charter elementary school. She also taught and coached in the Columbus Public School System.
Michelle earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on special, gifted and urban education, Masters of Arts degree (technology education), and Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott’s research interests include the achievement gap, special education over-representation, gifted education under-representation, twice exceptional creating culturally responsive classrooms, and increasing family involvement. Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott has conducted professional development workshops for urban school districts and has been invited to community dialogs with regard to educational practices and reform. Michelle has written and co-authored several articles and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences. She is the co-editor of five books, Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works and Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools, Gumbo for the Souls: Liberating Memoirs and Stories to Inspire Females of Color, R.A.C.E. Mentoring through Social Media: Black and Hispanic Scholars Share Their Journey in the Academy, and Faculty of Color Navigating Higher Education. She is on the editorial board for Multiple Voices Journal and the Education and Urban Society Journal. She has also served as the guest co-editor for two editions of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning (ITJL), as well as the guest editor for the Illinois School Journal.
Michelle has reviewed for journals in such disciplines as gifted, special, and urban education. Professional development includes membership in professional organizations, including the National Association for Gifted Children, Council for Exceptional Children, and American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott is also the co-creator of an on-line, Facebook mentoring group called R.A.C.E. Mentoring, which was created by Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott and two of her colleagues to “…support, nurture, and advocate for Black and Hispanic doctoral students, junior/untenured faculty, and tenured faculty—too many of whom are under-represented in higher education.”
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Developmental Handicaps, Ohio State University,
- M.A., Technology Education, Ohio State University,
- Ph.D., Special, Gifted and Urban Education, Ohio State University,