From preschool to becoming undergraduates, two students have grown up at Pacific University.
Bryan Cichy-Parker, PhD
Bryan joined the faculty of the School of Learning and Teaching in the fall of 2016. He is an assistant professor whose work centers on the nexus of special education and multicultural education, especially as this applies to the use of Functional Behavior Assessment in inclusive school settings. He has experience as an educator at all levels from pre-kindergarten to graduate school in both regular and special education environments. Immediately prior to starting at Pacific, Bryan was a fixed-term professor of special education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota (2010 to 2014) and then worked for two years as a special education teacher in the Hillsboro, Oregon school district (2014-2016).
Dr. Cichy-Parker earned his PhD in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2010. His dissertation looked at the ways that stereotypical racialized behaviors influenced the perceptions of pre-service teachers regarding students’ levels of aggression, academic achievement, and the acceptability of those students’ behaviors. Dr. Cichy-Parker continues to be active in this work with presentations at national professional conferences on the topics of special education, civil rights, and race and culture. Bryan is currently the president of the LGBT Caucus of the members of the National Council of Exceptional Children based in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Cichy-Parker is coordinator of the graduate special education teaching licensure program.
As a faculty member in Pacific University’s School of Learning & Teaching, Bryan Cichy-Parker is focused on other people’s needs: both his students and the generations of children they will influence. “From the admissions process to graduation, you have someone by your side who thinks about your needs and the needs of the possibly two generations of children that you could end up teaching.