Susan Benner, PhD and recently retired Associate Dean for Professional Licensure and Director of the Bailey Graduate School of Education was recently inducted into the Educators Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor was established to recognize educators who have made profound differences in their students’ lives and the community.
Benner is a retired professor, director and associate dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. She began her career in teaching as a resource room teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. Special education proved to be rewarding and interesting career for her. Over the years, she enjoyed watching services for children with special needs change from minimal at best to becoming a significant part of the public educational system. She continued to work to find solutions to the many dilemmas facing educators today until her retirement. As a professor of early childhood special education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee beginning in 1980, Benner worked with preservice teachers, masters level students seeking endorsements in early childhood special education and doctoral students in this area. At her retirement, Susan was serving as an associate dean for Professional Licensure and as director of the Bailey Graduate School of Education.