Dr. Felicity Balluch is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2005 and her Master of Science degree in Special Education in 2008. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Special Education, with an emphasis on literacy and students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders in 2016. While obtaining her Doctorate, she also completed the requirements to become a Reading Specialist.
Dr. Balluch spent 11 years in the elementary resource room serving students with exceptionalities as well as their families. During her 11 years in the classroom, Dr. Balluch developed a before and after school program targeting students at-risk for academic failure in both math and reading. She served on her building’s behavior team, which provided ongoing supports for general education teachers in their efforts to teach students with behavioral needs while also providing targeted interventions for the students themselves.
Dr. Balluch has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and presented her research at various conferences nationwide. Her research interests include the use of aversive procedures, such as seclusion and restraint in the educational setting; literacy; students with or at risk of emotional and behavioral disorders; special education law; and, Response to Intervention.
Dr. Balluch joined Peru State College in the fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor and primarily teaches special education courses to undergraduate students. She serves on various committees at Peru State College and is also the faculty sponsor for the Council of Exceptional Children chapter on campus. She also serves the field of education through her work as a peer editor for numerous professional journals and through her volunteer work at various elementary schools.
Dr. Balluch currently resides with her daughter and girlfriend in Manhattan, Kansas.