Meet the Faculty

Susan E. Gately, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
Graduate General Special Education Program

Ph.D., Boston College
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A., Regis College

Phone: (603) 897-8578; Email:


  • reading disabilities
  • literacy development for children with developmental disabilities
  • co-teaching
  • PBIS

BackgroundDr. Susan Gately is an assistant professor of education at Rivier University. She is also the director of the certification program in general special education. Dr. Gately offers courses in behavior management, methods for teaching children with disabilities, and early literacy. She has more than 30 years of experience in both public and private settings as a teacher and administrator working with children with disabilities and their families.  Her expertise is in literacy development, assessment, and programming. Dr. Gately speaks at international and national conferences and has published in a number of professional journals.

Academic Philosophy"I believe that it is my responsibility as a college professor to foster critical thinking skills, effective communication in both oral and written modalities, problem solving skills, and intellectual curiosity so that students develop the ability to reflect on their practice to ensure their continued growth as teachers. I believe that reflection is essential for the continued renewal that is necessary for continuous improvement in instructional practice. I must help students to appreciate and embrace the notion of life-long learning."

Recent Publications

  • Gately, S. (2005).  Supervising and supporting co-teaching classrooms. Principal Leadership.
  • Gately, S. (2004).  Twenty ways to help children deal with tragedy. Intervention in School and Clinic (in press).
  • Gately, S. (2004). Developing concept of word: the work of emergent readers. Teaching Exceptional Children, 36,6, 16-22.
  • Gately, S. & Gately, F. (2001).  Understanding Co-teaching Components, Teaching Exceptional Children, 33, 4 (40-47).   Reston, VA.
  • Muscott, H., Mann, E., Benjamin, T., Gately, S. & Bell, K.E. (2004).  Positive behavioral interventions and supports in New Hampshire: initial results of a statewide system for implementing school wide discipline practices. Education and Treatment (in press).

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