Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Education
EdD, Walden University, 2011
MEd, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006
BA, Radford University, 2002
LaRon A. Scott studies recruitment, preparation, and retention of historically marginalized teacher educators, notably special education teachers, and postsecondary transition programming and outcomes for Black youth with IDD. He also focuses on the critical implications of implicit bias in shaping the conditions for historically marginalized educators, and how historical and contemporary local, state, and federal policy shapes the treatment of minoritized special educators.
Dr. Scott worked as a mental health case manager and special education classroom teacher and transition coordinator before completing his masters and doctoral degree. He has broad experience with teaching and research related to personnel preparation, teacher program development, program accreditation, and program administration. His work has been funded by more than $6 million. Dr. Scott is a recipient of the Patricia L. Sitlington Research Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), the Education Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and numerous other research, teaching, and service awards. He is co-editor of Inclusion, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on evidence-based interventions and strategies that promote the full inclusion of people with IDD.
In the fall of 2022 LaRon was appointed the associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion leading the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the school.