Department ofEducation

Kent Gerlach

Kent Gerlach


253.535.7277 (office)



Child Abuse and Neglect

Special Education Administration

Mild Disabilities

Teaming and Communication

Service Learning


Ed. D. in Special Education Administration, University of Nebraska, 1981

BS in Speech Pathology & Special Education, University of Nebraska, 1981

MA in Elementary Education & Special Education, University of South Dakota

Dr. Kent Gerlach is a Professor in the Education Department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Kent has presented staff development workshops for teachers, administrators, and paraeducators throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as a keynote presenter at many professional conferences and meetings, and has presented workshops on teaming, collaboration, and effective school research for numerous local and state educational agencies. In addition, he has been recognized nationally for his contributions, research, and publications on paraeducator issues including their supervision, employment, and training. Kent co-authored the texts “Supervising Paraeducators in Educational Settings: A Team Approach,” and “Paraeducators in School Settings,” both published by Pro-ed Publishers. Kent is also the author of “Let’s Team Up: A Checklist for Paraeducators, Teachers and Principals,” published by the National Education Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. In addition, he has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and staff development materials dealing with collaboration, team building, the legal and ethical issues affecting the roles of paraeducators and their supervisors, and issues of child abuse and neglect. Kent is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the PLU Faculty Achievement Award and PLU Teaching Excellence Award. Recently Kent resided in Washington, DC where he served as a consultant to several organizations including Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), National Education Association (NEA), the IDEA Partnerships, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Washington (Seattle), University of Hawaii, Augustana College (Sioux Falls), the University of Texas at Austin. Currently he serves on the Editorial Board of the Council for Learning Disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Teacher Education Division. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Thompson Publishing Group, Title One Monitor, and serves as a consultant to the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for Washington State.