Bryan Cichy-Parker, PhD

Graduate Program Chair | Associate Professor
Berglund Hall 133
Areas I Teach 

Dr. Bryan E. Cichy-Parker is an Associate Professor and the current Chair of Graduate Programs in the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University. Dr. Cichy-Parker has extensive experience in the field of education, having taught general education Spanish Language and Culture for eight years, special education for seven years, and now having worked in teacher preparation since 2005.

Dr. Cichy-Parker's educational background includes a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), where his dissertation explored the effects of African American and European American males' behavior styles on preservice teachers' ratings of acceptability, achievement, and aggression. He also holds an M.A. in Special Education from Edgewood College (Madison, Wisconsin) and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota).

Dr. Cichy-Parker's scholarship is reflected in his peer-reviewed publications, including journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses on topics related to teacher attitudes and behaviors related to special education teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching, and the use of functional behavior assessment. He has presented his work at national and international conferences, including the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Annual Conference, The CEC’s Teacher Educator Division’s National Conference, and the International Council for Children with Behavior Disorders' Biennial Conference. You can also find his work in the public dissemination of educational research at My Teaching Coach on YouTube.

As an educator, Dr. Cichy-Parker has taught a wide range of courses in educational foundations, general education, and special education. His courses cover topics such as educational law and history, exceptionalities, behavior management, assessment and evaluation, and transition for students with disabilities. He is known for his dedication to promoting inclusive and culturally responsive teaching practices.

In his role as Chair of Graduate Programs in the School of Learning and Teaching, Dr. Cichy-Parker supports the development and administration of all graduate degree and endorsement programs. He is committed to providing high-quality education and preparing future educators to meet the diverse needs of students. He is also committed to helping support the growth of teacher-sustaining practices within the field of education as well.

Dr. Cichy-Parker's passion for education and his expertise in special education and cultural diversity make him a valuable asset to the faculty at Pacific University. His dedication to research, teaching, and community engagement contributes to the university's mission of fostering inclusive and equitable educational experiences for all students.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


An early class at the Early Learning Community, including current Pacific student Skylar Sanchez '25

From preschool to becoming undergraduates, two students have grown up at Pacific University.

Dr. Bryan Cichy-Parker

Dr. Cichy-Parker is coordinator of the graduate special education teaching licensure program.

Bryan Cichy-Parker

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.