Dr. Debra Loomis

Debra Loomis

Director of Special Education

Associate Professor of Special Education

Office: Burklund Education Center
Phone: (309)467-6864
Email: dloomis@eureka.edu


Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Argosy University, 2005
Administrative Certificate, Illinois State University, 2002
M.A., Special Education, Northeastern Illinois University, 1982
B.S., Special Education, Illinois State University, 1976

Research Interests

Research-Based intervention, Professional Learning Communities

Teaching Interests

Collaboration Skills, Co-Teaching, Evidence-Based Instructional Practices, Learning Strategies, Universal Design for Learning

Professional Activity

Conference Presentations 2012-2013

ACI Summer Institute for Educators, Trinity Christian College, June 21, 2013

Increasing Pre-Service Teacher Access to and Understanding of Evidence-Based Practices through IES Practice Guides and the Doing What Works Website 35th Annual TED Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, November 6-10, 2012

Increasing Teacher Candidate Understanding of Evidence Based Practices through the Use of the Doing What Works Website Grants: U.S. Dept. of Education (TSPED), 2009-20013

Doing What Works (U.S. Dept. of Education), 2011

2012-2013 Professional Development: Trainer for the Co-Teaching Model of Student Teaching Trained in the University of Kansas Strategic Instructional Model and Content Enhancement Routines


Dr. Loomis brings her knowledge of special education to higher education from a background as a special education teacher, coordinator, and administrator in public education. She is passionate about developing teachers who will use best practice to advance the skills of students with special needs.