Martha Gallagher Michael | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Martha Gallagher Michael, Ph.D.

    Professor and Homer and Isabelle Cotterman Endowed Chair

    "I strive to use the components of Universal Design for Learning in all courses, which includes presenting content in a variety of ways and modes, providing a variety of kinds of assessments, and being sure there is always high engagement for reciprocal learning to occur."


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    • Biography

      Martha Gallagher Michael is a professor of Education and has taught at both Ohio Dominican University and Ursuline College, where she also received tenure and promotion to associate professor. From 1991-2000 She taught in public city schools in Columbus and in Minneapolis, MN, both High school and K-8. In Minneapolis she taught both art and special education.

      She also was head of Fine Arts at Midland School in Los Olivos, CA. Before teaching she was a technical assistance provider for Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, Long Island, N.Y. with 7 states in the country as her region of travel and has written many local, state, and federal grants. 

      She was the president of the Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and continues to present locally, regionally and internationally on topics of co-teaching, using graphs for increasing motivation and meta-cognition, using BAFA BAFA simulation in the college classroom to teach intercultural awareness, and continues to study the effects of Capital Students' growth from tutoring youth at the Franklin Co. Juvenile Detention Facility, as well as documenting the academic and social gains of the youth. She is an advocate for students and persons who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and Oral and Language LD, and believes very strongly in early intervention. Recently she began to teach Art pedagogy K-12 and as an art educator who received her BFA from Capital, is proud to return to where her art life began. She also holds the Homer and Isabelle Cotterman endowed chair in education for a distinguished professor in education, and resides in Columbus.


    • Classes

      • Positive Behavior and Supports (EDUC 382)
      • Diagnostic Teaching for students with Mild to Moderate Learning Needs (EDUC 381)
      • Art Pedagogy Elementary and Middle (EDUC 365)
      • Art Pedagogy High School (EDUC 369)
      • Autism, Dyslexia, and writing Grants (EDUC 383)
      • Student Teaching Supervision of Early Childhood, Intervention and Art

    • Degrees Earned

      • B.F.A. Capital University -1978
      • M.A.-Art Education-The Ohio State U. 1981
      • Ph.D.-Special Education - The Ohio State U. 1990

    • Publications

      • Art Exhibitions: 2014 at Columbus Cultural Art Center; 2016 at Ohio Dominican University; 2017n at Firelands Association of Visual artists (FAVA).
      • Michael, M. (2017 and 2018). Poetry. Pudding Journal of applied Poetry.
      • Michael, M. (2016 and 2017). Paintings and poetry about John Steinbeck.
      • Miller, K., & Michael, M. (2014). Collaboration as a Valued Practice in Teacher Education Programs. The Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 24(2), pp.53-59.
      • Michael, M. (2013). “Reflection of the Processes and Benefits of Co-teaching in Clinical Practice”, Field Experience Journal,electronic,Fall. 
      • Michael, M. & Miller, K. (2013). Deliberate Collaboration. Proceedings for the International Association of Special Education conference in Vancover, B.C., Canada.
      • Michael, M. G. (2012). Using Visual Graphs Derived from K- 12 Student Affinities and Interests for Daily or Weekly Progress Monitoring. Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 2(9), electronic.
      • Michael, M. & Miller, K. (2011). Co-teaching in Ohio Teacher Education Programs. The Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 24(1), pp. 29-36.