Dr. Matthew K. Boggan
Professor of Special EducationDownload vCard
Dr. Matthew Boggan joined Georgia Gwinnett College in 2016 from Mississippi State University where he coordinated educational leadership and special education programs between 2007 and 2016.
He has served in many educational roles over his career including bus driver, assistant teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, principal and professor. His most memorable educational moment as a special education teacher included one of his students winning the Council for Exceptional Children’s “YES I CAN” Award for self-help skills at the 1997 annual conference in Salt Lake City. Memorable moments as a principal included initiating and chaperoning the first integrated senior class trip, working with faculty to create behavior programs for students with challenging behaviors, and successfully lobbying for a new building.
From 2009–2016, Boggan served as principal investigator/project director of a U.S. Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant which awarded 151 scholarships to aspiring teachers willing to teach in high-need school districts in Mississippi. Sixty-three of these future teachers were special education majors. In 2016, 96% of the 151 scholars are still teaching, and over 80% are still teaching in high-need school districts. Boggan credits this unusually high retention rate to effective mentoring efforts of grant faculty and staff.
Boggan currently serves as a faculty senator, student mentor, a member of the College Wide Curriculum Task Force and as the Chair of the School of Education Promotion & Credentials Committee (P&C). He also represents the School of Education as a member of the College P&C Committee.
- Doctorate – educational leadership – Nova Southeastern University
- Master's – special education – Mississippi State University
- Bachelor's – special education – University of Mississippi
- Post-graduate – University of Mississippi, Harvard University, Mississippi State University
- Special education
- Teacher mentoring
- Educational leadership
Courses Taught (all classes include a field experience component)
- Instructional Foundations of Special Education
- Instructional Design and Delivery of Special Education
- Student Teaching: Professional Practice of Special Education
- Student Teaching: Planning and Assessment of Special Education
- Enhancing the Lives of Adults with Disabilities through Film, Art, and Education
- Teaching and Learning
- Boggan, M., Lee, C., and Shim, Y. (2017). The GGC Next Stop Project: Enhancing the lives of adults with disabilities through Art, Film, and Education. Funded through the GGC College Community Innovations Project (CIP), GGC Center for Teaching Excellence.
- Boggan, M., Jayroe, T., Burroughs, S., Cornelious, L., Forde, C., Karriem, D., and Pope, M. (2009-2016). Learning and Educating through Alternative Programs (LEAP). U.S. Department of Education, 2.94 million.
- Boggan, M., Pope, M., Jayroe, T., & Wallin, P. (2016). Mentoring of T2T (Transition to Teaching) Alternate Route Special Education Scholars in High-Needs Schools. National Forum of Special Education Journal, 27(1), p. 1-13.
- Boggan, M., Jayroe, T., & Alexander, B. (2016). Hitting the Target with Transition to Teaching in Mississippi’s Poorest Districts: High Retention Rates through Program Support, Resources, and Strategic Recruiting. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification (JNAAC), 11(1), p. 1-9
- Boggan, M. & Wallin, P. (2016). Under the Microscope: Principal Perceptions of the Mississippi Statewide Teachers Assessment Rubric (MSTAR), a Pilot-Year Study. Excellence in Education Journal, 5(2), p. 1-53.
- Wallin, P. & Boggan, M. (2019). Know Thyself: Tools to Explore our Strengths. National Field Experience Conference. Greeley, CO.
- Ebert, A., Anderson. A., Kelly, M., & Boggan, M. (2019). Teacher Candidates Perceptions of Field Based Experiences versus Classroom Experiences. National Field Experience Conference. Greeley, CO.
- Boggan, M., & Kelly, M. (2018). Change of Heart, Change of Mind: The abilities of adults with disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children's Teacher Education Division Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
- Wallin, P. & Boggan, M. (April, 2018). The Best of Differentiation Arts Integration throughout the Curriculum. National Field Experience Conference, Greeley, CO.
- Ebert, A., Kelly, M, & Boggan, M. (April, 2018). Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Critical Reflection as a Tool for Professional Growth. National Field Experience Conference, Greeley, CO.
- Childre, A., Boggan, M., Kelly, M., & Page, K. (April, 2018). Bringing all of the players to the table: Enhancing special education programming and collaborating with district personnel while maximizing resources and evaluating student progress. National Field Experience Conference, Greeley, CO.
- Boggan, M., Shim, Y. and Lee, C. (April, 2018). College Support for Adults with Disabilities after K-12: College students’ perceptions of adults with disabilities, before, during and after an independent study internship while working with adults with disabilities. National Field Experience Conference, Greeley, CO.
- Childre, A., & Boggan, M. (November, 2017). Recruiting and Supporting Success for First Generation CLD College Students. Council for Exceptional Children’s Teacher Education Division National Conference in Savannah, GA, November 2017.
- Childre, A., & Boggan, M. (November, 2017). Engaging in Program Enhancement: Process, Resources, and Partnerships. Council for Exceptional Children’s Teacher Education Division National Conference in Savannah, GA, November 2017.
- Boggan, M., & Wallin, P. (April, 2017). The Educational Lifeline: New Teachers and Mentoring. National Field Experience Conference, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.
- Boggan, M. & Kelly, M., McKinney, B. (April, 2017). Introducing Lesson Planning and Ecological Studies to First-Semester students through practice, observations, and performance assessments. National Field Experience Conference, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.
- Kelly, M., McKinney, B., & Boggan, M. (April, 2017). Using Cultural Proficiency in Developing Culturally Responsive Teacher Candidates. National Field Experience Conference, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.
- Caillouet, R., Kelly, M., Boggan, M., Allen, P. and Swartzentruber, K. (April, 2017). 525,600 Minutes: How Do We Measure a Year in a Future Teacher’s Life? National Field Experience Conference, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.
- 2016 Mississippi State University, Service Recognition Award
- 2015 Mississippi State University, Office of Research, Meridian Campus Research Award
- 2013 Mississippi State University, Leadership Academy, Faculty Leadership Award
- 2012 Mississippi State University, College of Education, Adkerson Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2010 Mississippi State University, Meridian Campus Division of Education, Outstanding Service Award
- 2010 Mississippi State University, College of Education, Worth-Bagley Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2004 Weir High School, Mississippi Department of Education Closing the Achievement Gap Award (accepted for ALL Stakeholders)
- 2003 Weir High School, Best Principal Award (Presented by Class of 2003)
- 1993 North Mississippi Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Employee of the Year Finalist
- Council for Exceptional Children – member
- National Field Experience Conference – reviewer of conference proposals and conference luncheon speaker (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- National Field Experience Journal – reviewer
- Educational Administration Quarterly – reviewer
- CAEP/Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) – national program recognition reviewer (2014–2015)