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David Chard

David Chard is dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.

Chard holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Oregon and a B.S. degree in mathematics and chemistry education from Central Michigan University. He has held faculty positions at Boston University, the University of Texas at Austin and served as associate dean in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, he oversaw curriculum and academic programs in the College of Education. He also was a California public school teacher and a Peace Corps educator in Lesotho, Africa.

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education. The 15-member board oversees and directs the work of the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

Chard has been a research review panelist at both state and national levels, including panels of the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education. Since 1993, his research has been awarded more than $11 million in federal, state or private grants. His research emphasis includes reading and mathematics strategies for early grades, learning disabilities, special education, and reading instruction for students with disabilities. He has published more than 50 research articles; co-authored 14 books, including children’s textbooks in mathematics and literacy; contributed 21 book chapters; and has either written or co-written 22 technical reports, monographs and training guides, most of which focus on reading and mathematics instruction for students at risk for school failure. He is a member of the International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities.

A frequent presenter at national and international education conferences, Chard has taught courses on behavior management, special education reading and writing, learning disabilities, and special education law. He has served on more than 30 doctoral dissertation committees in special education, communication disorders and sciences, literacy and language, school psychology, and cognitive psychology.

Now in its eighth year of operation, SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development comprises undergraduate and graduate programs; research institutes, including the Institute for Evidence-Based Education; Research in Mathematics Education; and the Center on Research and Evaluation. Academic programs include teaching and learning, education policy and leadership, applied physiology and sport management, dispute resolution, counseling, and a master’s of liberal studies. In addition, the school runs a variety of community outreach programs, including the Center for Family Counseling and the Center on Communities and Education.