Judith Herb College of Education

Laurie Dinnebeil


Distinguished University Professor and 

Judith Daso Herb Chair

Gillham Hall Room 4500H
Mail Stop 954
Phone:  419.530.4118
Fax:      419.530.7261

Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the Judith Daso Herb Chair, Inclusive Early Childhood Education at the University of Toledo.  She also is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Early Intervention.   She is widely recognized as one of the experts on itinerant early childhood special education service delivery as evidenced by her numerous publications, scholarly presentations and externally funded projects related to this important topic.  Dr. Dinnebeil and her colleagues focus on the importance of a consultative model of itinerant ECSE service delivery, that is, the critical need for early childhood intervention professionals to work in consultation with other adults (i.e., general early childhood teachers, child care providers, parents) to embed specialized services into children’s daily routines and activities. 

Dr. Dinnebeil has provided service to the early childhood community at the local, state and national levels.  At the local and state levels, she has served on numerous advisory boards and task forces related to improving the quality of early care and education programs for young children.  At the national level, Dr. Dinnebeil has provided consistent leadership to the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.  Within this venue, she has worked with other national leaders to provide guidance and assistance to federal policy leaders regarding high quality services to young children with disabilities and their families.

In her spare time, Dr. Dinnebeil enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and crocheting!

Previous Positions

2015 - Chair, Department of Early Childhood, Higher Education, and Special Education
2015 - Distinguished University Professor
2014-2019 - Editor, Journal of Early Intervention
2008-2009 - Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Judith Herb College of Education
2005-            Judith Daso Herb Endowed Chair of Inclusive Early Childhood Education
2004-2015 - Professor, Unified Early Childhood Education
2003-2008 - Chair, Department of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education. 
1999-2004 - Associate Professor; Unified Early Childhood Education level. 
1993-1999 - Assistant Professor; Unified Early Childhood Education

1989-1993 - Graduate Assistant; Utah State University.  Engaged in research, teaching, supervision, program development, and parent education activities.

1988-1989 - Graduate Assistant; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Responsibilities include preliminary research on the State's readiness to apply for Part H funds.  Assisted in the following activities:  Child find, Public awareness, Assessment, Definition of Developmental Delay.

1980-1984 - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls, SD.  Provided comprehensive classroom instruction to 4-6 year old students with disabilities.  Other responsibilities included coordinated classroom instruction with regular classroom teachers, team member for IEP development, supervising paraprofessionals, conducting home visits with students' families, and supervising student teachers. 

Education Background

Ph.D., Early Childhood
Special Education, 1994     
Utah State University                      

MAT, Special Education, 1983                      
Augustana College                             
Sioux Falls, South Dakota                 

B.A., Psychology 1978
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Orangeburg, New York         

Awards, Honors, Associations 

Distinguished University Professor, University of Toledo (2015)

Nominated, Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Toledo (Spring, 2014)           

Mid-Career Fellow, Zero to Three (February, 2001 to December, 2002) 

Nominated, Early Career Research Award, Council for Exceptional Children (October, 1999).

Last Updated: 8/23/19