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Department of Special Education

Main Office
George I. Sánchez Building, Suite 3.708

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Mailing Address
Department of Special Education 1912 Speedway Sánchez Building Suite 3.708
Austin, TX 78712

Phone: (512) 471-4161


Mark O’Reilly, Department Chair
Zoom Office Hours: TH 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
(512) 475-6552

Kathryn Tackett, Undergraduate Adviser Cohort Coordinator
(512) 475-6566

Terry Falcomata, Graduate Advisor and Research Coordinator 
Zoom Office Hours:  TH 1 – 2 p.m.
(512) 475-6543

North Cooc, Minority Liaison Officer
(512) 471-7923

Area Coordinators

Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Equity and Diversity in Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders

Sharon Vaughn, (512) 232-2357


Regina Smuts(512) 232-7919

Administrative Manager
Special Education Financial Administration, HR, employment, and personnel questions, inventory, faculty affairs, faculty annual and merit reviews, financial administration including budgets, student recruitment endowment and fellowship management, course scheduling and any Workday-related matters, faculty recruiting at the departmental and college level.

Alicia Zapata(512) 471-9857

Graduate Program Administrator
Admission inquiries and application procedures, current student registration, advising, master’s and doctoral program requirements, and program-related issues, university and departmental scholarships and fellowships. Alicia Zapata serves as the liaison with the Graduate and International Admissions Center and the Graduate School. 
Zoom Office Hours:  TWTH 11 AM -12 PM

Rosie Garza(512) 475-6576

Business Services Coordinator
Faculty travel, faculty awards, faculty recruitment at the department level, promotion and tenure, procurement of goods and services,  reimbursements, research study payments and student awards. Rosie Garza also coordinates conferences, manages course instructor surveys, final exams, course inventory, syllabus and CV maintenance and room reservation requests for course scheduling and meetings.