BallewMistyDr. Misty Vetter Parsley, Director of Special Education Programs, Associate Professor of Education

Contact Info:


Office Location:   Ezell 312 

Faculty Phone: 615-966-5159

Faculty Fax:  615-966-7628

Teaching Information:

Title: Director of Special Education Programs, Associate Professor, Undergraduate and M.Ed.,

Courses: ED 3353-Characteristics & Assessment; ED 3373-Supporting Behavior; EGSE 5023-Special Education Disabilities; EGSE 5033-Special Education Law & Ethics 

Start Date at Lipscomb:  August 2011


  • BA in Communication Disorders, (Abilene Christian University)
  • MA in Speech Language Pathology (University of Tennessee)
  • Ed.D in Special Education Administration (Nova Southeastern University)


  • Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology

Area of Expertise:

  • Autism, special education, inclusive postsecondary education

Primary Research Interest:

  • Autism, inclusive postsecondary education

Awards and Honors:

  • Member of the Connect 2013 team
  • 2015 TPSID Grant recipient

Professional Affiliations:

  • Autism Tennessee
  • ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Postsecondary Education Alliance of TN
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers

Publications and Presentations:

  • Self-Regulation in Students with Autism (Part I and II), Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Conference, June 2012
  • Autism in Hollywood: Lunch Keynote, Autism Society of Middle TN Annual Conference, September 2011
  • Social Communication Intervention Program, TN Department of Special Education Annual Conference, February 2011
  • Invited Presenter, Wisconsin Transition Academy, The Dells, Wisconsin, October 2015
  • Preparing Students (and Parents) for College!, Tennessee Partners in Education Conference  Nashville, TN, January 2015
  • Creating Engaging and Effective Lessons to Build Employment-related Skills, State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Fairfax, VA, November 2014
  • Self-Regulation Skills in Autism, Tennessee Council of Exceptional Children Conference  Nashville, TN, October 2013

Previous Experience:

  • Special Education Coordinator, Sumner County Schools
  • Autism Consultant, Williamson County Schools
  • Educational Consultant, TRIAD at Vanderbilt