Dr. Robert L. Osgood

Robert L. OsgoodRobert L. Osgood is currently Professor and Chair of Teacher Education at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where he has been on the faculty since 2011. He has also held faculty positions at Colgate University, IUPUI, and Muskingum University. His primary research area is the history of the origins and development of special education in the public schools of the United States since the early 19th century.

He is the author of three books: For ‘Children Who Vary from the Normal Type”: Special Education in Boston 1838-1930 (Gallaudet University Press, 2000); The History of Inclusion in the United States (Gallaudet University Press, 2005); and The History of Special Education: A Struggle for Equality in American Public Schools (Greenwood Praeger, 2008).He also publishes articles on service learning pedagogy and is broadening his interests and activities in the area of international special education. He has lived and taught in both Japan and Malaysia. He is married and has two children: one lives in Scotland and the other attends IIT here in Chicago.