Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education


Dr. Sandra (Sandy) Hess Robbins specializes in early childhood special education theory and practice. Sandy teaches Special Education for the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of West Georgia. Sandy completed her Ph.D. in Special Education with a focus on Early Childhood Intervention at Kent State University. She also has a Master's degree in Special Education from Kent State University and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Sandy is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children's Teacher Education Division, Division for Early Childhood, Division for International Special Education Services, and Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Before completing her Doctorate, Sandy gained seven years of experience teaching in various preschool settings, engaging in home-based behavioral consulting, conducting research and training in a center for young children with autism, and serving as an early education consultant for the state of Ohio. Sandy's scholarship is centered on professional practices and interventions that increase the effectiveness of inclusive or blended educational settings. More specifically, her research agenda includes tiered and differentiated instruction, universal design for learning, teacher preparation and enhancement, and social, communication, and behavioral interventions for young children with disabilities.

Education / Degrees

  • BS Ed., Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 2002
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Kent State University, 2006
  • Ph.D., Special Education, Kent State University, 2013