Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Laura Frey

Laura M. Frey, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Services
Office: Horrabin Hall, 40A
Phone: 309/298-1961




Dr. Frey earned her Ph.D from the University of Kansas, in Special Education with a dual major in emotional impairment and learning disabilities, and a minor in research and statistics. She holds an M.A. in dispute resolution from Wayne State University, an M.S. in special education – emotional disturbance from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in special education from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Frey has 20 years of direct experience in K-12 public schools. She taught special education in several high schools in Iowa and Kansas as well as in a day treatment center program in Kansas. She also as a program administrator for a treatment center and a director of special education. Dr. Frey entered higher education in 2001, serving as faculty member at East Carolina University and Central Michigan University. She joined the faculty at CMU as an assistant professor in 2004, and rose through the professorial ranks to a tenured, full professor.

Dr. Frey has experience in strategic planning, program development, shared governance, collective bargaining, institutional research, and program accreditation. She is active in scholarly endeavors and service at local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Frey’s research and scholarly interests include: (a) teacher preparation and curriculum design, (b) program assessment and evaluation, (c) education policy and practices, (d) emotional and mental health, (e) leadership development and mentoring, (f) equity and social justice, and (f) community mediation. Dr. Frey received the Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and the Women of Excellence Recognition in 2011 from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Frey currently serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her full vita can be accessed on this link.