Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Education

Additional Title

Zampell Faculty Fellow

Research Interests
  • Educational Leadership and Decision Making
  • New Teacher Development and Retention
  • Opioid Epidemic and the Impact on Special Education
  • Remote Learning for K-12 Students with IEPs
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Southern New Hampshire University
  • C.A.G.S.,Educational Leadership and Administration, Salem State University
  • M.Ed., Moderate Disabilities, Endicott College
  • B.A., Sociology and Business (concentration in Elementary Education), Merrimack College
Areas of Expertise
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  • Teacher Education and Preparation
  • Educational Leadership
Recent Publications


Welby, K (In Press). Understanding the Opioid Epidemic Through the Lens of Educators: Schools in Crisis. Routledge.

*Expected Release March 2024

Welby, K (2021). Remote Learning Strategies for Students with IEPs: An Educators Guidebook. Routledge.

Book Chapter 

Welby, K. (In Press, 2022). Extraordinary Leadership in The Immigrant City. In Fowler, D., Heilig. J., Jouganatos, S., Johnson, A. (Eds.). An Analysis of Educational Leadership Preparation, Policy, & Practice. IAP Information Age Publishing

Articles (selected)

Boivin, J; Welby, K. (2021). Teaching Future Educators During a Global Pandemic. IAFOR Journal of Education. 9(2).

Welby, K. (2019). Coping with the opioid crisis: Teachers need support, right now. Phi Delta Kappan. Thousand Oaks. Sage Publications. 101(3), 53–56.

Welby, K. (2018). Jon Saphier Interview- Decades of Success in Educational Leadership. Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership. 4(1), 59-63

Practitioner Articles (selected)

Welby. K (2022). Teaching Neurodiverse Students. Inside Higher Ed. Washington DC 

Welby, K. (2021). How to Calm Turbulent Transitions Back to (In-Person) School ADDitude Magazine. New Hope Media. NY, New York

Welby, K. (2021) How to Help Students with Executive Functioning During Hybrid Learning. Edutopia. San Francisco, California

Welby, K (2020). Remote Learning Round 2: How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with ADHD. ADDitude Magazine. New Hope Media. NY, New York 

Welby, K (2020) How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with IEPs.  Edutopia. San Francisco, California 

Honors and Awards

2021 New England Educational Research Organization. (NEERO) Schmitt Award – Excellence in Research
Distressed Educators Amidst a Nation in Crisis – The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Crisis Regions of the Northeast United States

2019 Phi Delta Kappa Scholar – Scholarship Recipient –  The implications of the opioid epidemic on select elementary schools in crisis regions of the Northeast; a multiple case study investigation

2010 Pi Lambda Theta Scholar – Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and Service to the Field of Education
Action Research – The Social Benefits of Peer Grouping in the Inclusion Classroom

2024 Zampell Faculty Fellow

Professional Experience

Dr. Kathryn Welby is an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs. Her research and publications are grounded in her 15+ years of experience as an educator working in urban schools. Dr. Welby has been recognized for her work on topics such as remote special education during the pandemic and her work on the impact of the opioid epidemic on schools. In combination, her research identifies problems of practice and uncovers solutions with a specific emphasis on special education.