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While serving UCM for 11 years, Linda Bigby touched the lives of many educators hoping to move up the career ladder into leadership positions or enter the field of special education.
The professor emerita of education administration joined the university in the fall 2000 as an assistant professor and became a professor in 2008. During her tenure, she regularly taught courses such as School Law, Advanced School Law, IEP and the Law, Advanced Organization and Administration of Special Education, and School Supervision. She also served since 2002 as an adjunct faculty member with the Cooperative Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She had numerous professional public school experiences prior to her university career. This includes working with intellectually challenged students in the Carrollton R-VII School District, serving as a learning disabilities teacher in the Montgomery County R-II School District, coordinating special education programs for the Grain Valley R-V School District, and serving as director of special education for the Pleasant Hill R-III School District.
Bigby was honored by various professional organizations and the university. Among such recognition, she is a former recipient of the Educational Leadership and Human Development Departmental Teaching Award at UCM, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE).
Her college education includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a doctorate in special education, administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.