Faculty & Staff Profiles

Name: Patricia Arter

Title: Chair, Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies; Professor, Special Education

Education: Ed.D., Johns Hopkins University

Office: 204-G Withers/W.T.S. Building

Phone: 803/323-2158

E-mail: arterp@winthrop.edu


Area(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder (transition, vocational training, use of virtual reality to improve social skills/employment); Universal Design for Learning; Online learning; Positive behavior intervention and supports

Dr. Arter is a Professor of Special Education and Department Chair of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies. Dr. Arter began her tenure at Winthrop University in 2019. Prior to joining Winthrop, she worked at Marywood University for 14 years in the capacity of faculty, program director, chair and the founder/director of Students on Campus Achieving Results, a campus-based program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Arter has 13 years of K-12 experience working with students grades 5-8 in inclusive classrooms. Her research interests include: transition from school to work for individuals with ASD, social skills and emotional regulation training of individuals with ASD, Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, and curriculum adaptations. Dr. Arter has several publications in national journals and numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Fun Facts: I have been married to my husband, Irvin, for fifteen years. We love to travel. The beach is my “happy place.” We have two adorable chocolate labs, Penny and Daisy. Penny is still a puppy and training to be a therapy dog.