Sandra K. Squires, EdD

Sandra J. Squires

Title: Emeritus Professor
Company: University of Nebraska Omaha
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Sandra K. Squires, EdD, Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the study of intellectual disabilities, behavioral disabilities, and in higher education.

Drawing upon more than four decades of experience, Dr. Squires is a distinguished figure in the realm of behavioral health care, having worked for many years with children and young adults who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Growing up surrounded by family members who were also disabled, she became interested in the field of special education from a formative age. Earning a Bachelor of Education from Montana State University Billings in 1966, she went on to receive a Master of Education from Colorado State University and Doctor of Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1969 and 1972, respectively. Thereafter, she completed postdoctoral studies regarding special education administration for the subsequent two years.

Drawing upon more than four decades of experience, Dr. Squires is a distinguished figure in the realm of education of students with intellectual disabilities and behavioral disabilities, having worked for many years with children and young adults with special needs. Growing up in a family with members who were disabled, she became interested in the field of special education from a formative age. Earning a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University, Billings in 1966, she went on to receive a Master of Arts from Colorado State University and Doctorate of Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1969 and 1972, respectively. Thereafter, she completed postdoctoral studies in general education and special education administration.

Dr. Squires has served a number of academic institutions throughout her lengthy career, most recently including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she held the rank of associate then full professor from 1981 and until retiring in 2008. From 1981 to 1988, she served as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education. Prior to these appointments, she served at Washington State University, Pennsylvania State University, Colorado State University, Loretto Heights College, and both private and public schools throughout the Midwest. Equally active in her community, she also maintained involvement with the Episcopal Church and the Nebraska Federation Council for Exceptional Children.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Squires has accrued numerous accolades in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of special education and her community. Named a Distinguished Episcopal Church Woman of from Nebraska in 2018, The Bishop’s Medal from the Diocese of Nebraska in 2017, she also served as President of the United Thank Offering Board of the Episcopal Church from 2015-2018.  She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2001 and the Robert G. Sando Award from Montana State University Billings in 1966. Likewise, she has been highlighted in the 26th edition of Who’s Who of American Women and multiple editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Education.

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