Professional Advisory Board

David Chard, Ph.D.

Chairman

Dr. David Chard is the President of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts.

David J. Chard, Ph.D., became Dean ad interim of Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development on June 1, 2018. He was previously President of Wheelock College before its merger with Boston University. Prior to that, Dr. Chard served as Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he created a strategic vision focused on undergraduate and graduate programs built on evidence-based practices.

Dr. 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. 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 100 articles, monographs, book chapters, and books, 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.

Dr. Chard’s work as a co-principal investigator on reading aloud curricula in first-grade classrooms has been awarded $3.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and he was the principal investigator on research about early learning in mathematics that received a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant. Since 1993, his research has been awarded more than $15.5 million in federal, state or private grants.

A frequent presenter at national and international education conferences, Dr. 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.

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