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Rita Coombs Richardson

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Rita Coombs Richardson
Associate Professor
Phone: 361-570-4848

Teaching Areas: Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision



Ph.D., Leadership and Foundations, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1981

M.Ed., Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1974

B.A. Education, French and Social Studies,
Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dominican College, Houston, Texas, 1971


Texas Teacher Certificate Professional, #433-68-73-52
Mid-Management Administrator, Supervisor, Special Education Supervisor Educational Diagnostician, Language and/or Learning Disabilities Physically Handicapped, Secondary – French, Secondary - History

Louisiana Type A - Valid for Life/ Continuous Service, #33,373:
Principal/ Special School Principal: Parish or City School Supervisor, Supervisor of Student Teaching Supervisor of Instruction: Director Special Education, Educational Consultant: Educational Diagnostician, Crippled Children, Homebound Children, Children with Special Health Problems, Generic Mild/Moderate, Secondary; Severe/Profound, Learning Disabilities, French/Social Studies

Funded Grants/Foundations

University of St. Thomas
Source: OSEP
Title: Leadership in Educational Administration for Addressing Disabilities (LEAAD)
Amount:  $1.25 Million, 5 years

Source: Title V 
Title: Promoting Post baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA)
Amount: $2.8 Million: Duration: 5 years

Old Dominion University
Title: Research to Practice: The Northampton County Public Schools and Old Dominion University:  Source: Virginia State Department of Education
Amount: $469,130 Duration: 36 months

Southeastern Louisiana University

  1. Title: Project Inclusion: Source: LEQSF (1998-2001) Amount: $252,000  Duration: 36 months
  2. Title: Development of on-line Courses Source: Teacher/Researcher University Grant (1998-1999)
  3. Title: Looking into the Future: Productivity Of Students with Disabilities: Amount: $2,000.00
    Duration: 12 months: Source: LEQSF (1996-1998)
  4. Title: Preparing General Educators to Teach Students with Disabilities: Amount: $103,918.00 Duration: 24 months  

University of Texas @ Brownsville 
Title: Collaborating with General Educators to Teach Science to Students with Disabilities in Inclusive settings. Source: NASA (NFS)
Amount: 100, 00.00  Duration: 24 months

University of Southwestern Louisiana
Source: Personal Preparation, PL94-142 (1989-1990): Title: The Louisiana Training and Recruiting Project
Amount: $30,000 Duration: 36 month Source: Discretionary Project, PL94-142

Title: Working Together: A Social Skills Curriculum:
Amount: $40,000  Duration: 12 months 

University  of Texas @Brownsville (1994)
Title: Training Bilingual Educational Diagnostician, Source: OSERS Discretionary Project
Amount: $270,000

Publications (1990-2008)
Four books: Connecting with Others: Research Press- Discipline Options: Christopher Gordon Publishers.
Four chapters in books: Five Monographs: Thirty articles in refereed Journals

Conference Presentations (2000-2008)
Over 100 national and international presentations

Merritt Endowed Chair: Southeastern Louisiana University 1999-2000
Counselor: Kappa Delta Pi: Student Chapter Southeastern LA University 1997-2002
Students’ Nominee for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1998
College of Education Nominee: President’s Award for Excellence in Research, 1997
Chancellor’s Teaching Award: University of Texas @ Brownsville, 1995
Student Council for Exceptional Children, 1991-1992.
Foreign Language Award for Excellence in French: Dominican College, 1982