Susan L. Gabel

Susan L. Gabel
Professor, Inclusive Education
289 Education Building

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-6382

Education
  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MEd, Wayne State University

 

Biography

I was a public school special education teacher for 15 years. I taught in Michigan and Kentucky. My school teaching experience spans the full continuum of special education support services, including segregated facilities, self-contained classrooms in regular schools, and full inclusion. My largest body of scholarly work is situated within disability studies. I broadly examine the institution (e.g., education) as a site of exclusion of difference, particularly as it produces disability-as-difference. Using a social interpretation of disability, I examine the ways institutional structures produce disability. Therefore, disabled people are not my focus. Rather, my focus is on disability as it is produced by ableism. More recently (circa 2015) I have started to examine my mothering experiences raising now-adult children with significant multiple disabilities who need 24 hour care and support. Via this approach I explore the materialism of emotions produced by ableism. Although my research and scholarship focuses on exclusion, my university teaching focuses on inclusion, particularly inclusive teaching, curriculum, and pedagogy. Taken as a whole, my work expresses my deeply held belief that research, scholarship, and teaching can contribute to the material conditions that provide the foundation for inclusive schools and an inclusive society.

Responsibilities

Research and Teaching

Academic Interests

  • Inclusive Education
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Qualitative research methods

 

Area Of Expertise

  • Inclusive Education
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Qualitative methods: Critical Discourse Analysis, Narrative, Autoethnography

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Education
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Qualitative methods: Critical Discourse Analysis, Narrative, Autoethnography

 

Courses Taught

 Inclusive Education, Curriculum, & Pedagogy

Community Engagement Activities

President, Families First, an organization providing community living support to adults with developmental disabilities.

Awards

  •  1998
    Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award, Honorable Mention, The Society for Disability Studies
  • 2002
    US Rehabilitation Services Administration Institute on Rehabilitation Issues Scholar
  • 2005
    Faculty Research Award
  • 2012
    Senior Scholar Award, Disability Studies in Education

 

Grants

  •  Providing students with disabilities a quality higher education
    2008 - 2012

 

Presentations

  •  Prestige Lecture: Shatter not the branches of the tree of anger
    Susan L. Gabel 2015 University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Keynote: Inside/outside the circle of belonging
    Susan L. Gabel 2017 Australian Council for Educational Leaders conference
  • Prestige Lecture: Inside/outside the circle of belonging
    Susan L. Gabel 2017 University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Keynote: Shatter not the branches of the tree of anger
    Susan L. Gabel 2015 Inclusion Summit, Melbourne, Australia
  • Keynote: I stand here ironing
    Susan L. Gabel 2010 International conference, Disability Studies in Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Keynote: The changing ecology of higher education: International perspectives
    Susan L. Gabel 2010 Conference on higher education, Flanders, Belgium
  • Family and Consumer Science Conference
    "Su Nottingham" 2011 Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Guelph Sexuality Conference
    "Su Nottingham" Al Craven 6 2007 Guelph Ontario
  • World Sexology Conference
    "Su Nottingham" and Al Craven 5 2005 Montreal Quebec Canada
  • American Alliance for Health PE Recreation and Dance
    "Su Nottingham" and Al Craven 3 2011 San Diego, California
  • American School Health Association (ASHA) National Conference
    Su Nottingham 10 2011 Louisville, KY

 

Publications

  •  Exploring the complexities of CLD parent involvement: What we need to know in teacher education.
    Gonzales, S., & Gabel, S. L. 2017 International Journal of Multicultural Education
  • Vital questions facing disability studies in education, 2nd edition
    Danforth, S., & *Gabel, S. L.* 2016 edited volume
  • (Dis)connect between disability and diversity on California State University websites: A discussion from a critical snapshot discourse study
    Gabel, S. L., Reid, D., & Pearson, H. 2017 Disability as Diversity in Higher Education: Policies and Practices to Enhance Student Success New York
  • Re-imagining critical care and problematizing sense of school belonging as a response to inequality for immigrants and children of immigrants.
    DeNicolo, C., Yu, M., Crowley, C., & Gabel, S. L. 2017 Review of Research in Education
  • Disability and diversity on CSU websites: A critical discourse study
    Gabel, S. L., Reid, D., Pearson, H., Ruiz, L., & Hume-Dawson, R. 2016 Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 9
  • Motherhood in the context of normative discourse: Birth stories of mothers of children with Down syndrome
    Gabel, S. L., & Kotel, K. 2015 Journal of Medical Humanities DOI: 10.1007/s10912-015-9367-z
  • Policy and challenges of building schools as inclusive communities
    Curcic, S., *Gabel, S.L.*, Zeitlin, V. Cribaro, S., & Glarner, C. 2011 International Journal of Inclusive Education 15
  • Troubling ethics: A rejoinder to Dillabough
    Gabel, S. L. 2002 Curriculum Inquiry 32
  • Some conceptual problems with critical pedagogy
    Gabel, S. L. 2002 Curriculum Inquiry 32
  • South Asian cultural orientations toward mental retardation
    Gabel, S. L. 2004 Mental Retardation 42
  • Vital questions facing disability studies in education
    Danforth, S., & *Gabel, S. L.* 2007 Edited book
  • Disability and teaching
    Gabel, S. L., & Connor, D. J. 2014 Textbook
  • Disability studies in education: Readings in theory and method
    Gabel, S. L., 2005 Edited book
  • Presage of a new paradigm: Beyond the social model of disability toward resistance theories of disabilit
    Gabel, S. L., & Peters, S. 2004 Disability and Society 19
  • Theorizing disability: Implications and applications for social justice in education
    Gabel, S. L., and Connor, D. 2008 W. Ayers, T. Quinn, & D. Stovall (Eds), The handbook of social justice in education.
  • Disability studies and inclusive education: Implications for theory, research, and practice.
    Connor, D. J., *Gabel, S. L.*, Gallagher, D. J., & Morton, M. 2009 International Journal of Inclusive Education 12
  • Migration and ethnic disproportionality in special education: An exploratory study
    Gabel, S. L., Curcic, S., Powell, J., Khader, K., Albee, L. (2009) 2009 Disability and Society 24
  • A disability studies framework for policy activism in postsecondary education
    Gabel, S. L. 2010 Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability 23
  • When numbers do not add up and words cannot explain: Challenges in defining disability in higher education
    Miskovic, M., & *Gabel, S. L.* 2012 . International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches 6
  • Intellectual disability and space: Critical narratives of exclusion
    Gabel, S. L., Cohen, C. J., Kotel, K., & Pearson, H. 2013 Intellectual and Developmental Disability 51
  • Cripping the curriculum through academic activism: Working toward increasing global exchanges to reframe (dis)ability and education
    Connor, D. J., & *Gabel, S. L.* 2013 Equity, Excellence, and Education 26
  • Physical disability, gender, and marriage in Jordanian society
    Jalal, S., & *Gabel, S. L.* 2014 The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 10
  • Discourse and the containment of disability in postsecondary education
    Gabel, Susan L., & Miskovic, Maja 2014 Disability and Society 29