Faculty and Staff

Manina Urgolo Huckvale

Professor • Special Education, Professional Counseling and Disability Studies

Manina Urgolo Huckvale, Ed.D., is associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling and Disabilities Studies at William Paterson University (WPU). Her expertise is in special education and transitions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, having recently co-edited and written a book on Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities. Her research interests also include teacher preparation, having written her dissertation on evaluating teacher education graduates on their preparedness to teach. She has served nationally on the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Task Force on Field Experience Standards, and is a past president of the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NJACTE). She is a graduate of Leadership America (2005), a Laureate of the Association of Teacher Educators, and participated in the New England Regional Leadership Forum for Women Administrators, American Council on Education Office of Women in Higher Education.
Prior to joining WPU, Dr. Urgolo Huckvale served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Seton Hall University. She also has teaching and administrative experience in urban, suburban and rural communities in both the US and Canada.

Professional Interests

Special Education, Autism (transitions), teacher education, higher education, mentoring women in higher education

Other Interests

Art collecting


EdD Higher Education Leadership, Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

BA Speech Pathology and Audiology, Montclair State University Montclair, NJ

MA Special Education, Kean University Union, NJ

MPA Health Care Administration, Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ


Special Education, Autism (transitions), Menoring, Women's Issues

Licenses and Certifications

Licensure 06/30/1974
Speech Correctionist, NJ Department of Education State

Licensure 07/31/1976
Speech Correctionist, NY Department of Education State

Licensure 06/30/1994
Supervisor, NJ Department of Education State

licensure 06/30/1976
Teacher of the Handicapped, NJ Department of Education State

Licensure 07/31/1976
Teacher of the Handicapped, NY Department of Education State

Representative Publications

Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys; Making the Academic Road by Walking: Building Our Own Community of Practice; Information Age Publishing, Inc.; 2018

Using Case Studies in the Higher Education Classroom Case Studies in Higher Education: What’s the Big Idea? ; Case Study Methodology in Higher Education; IGI Global;

Representative Presentations

A New Vision of Graduate Programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Promising Practices
Division on Career Development and Transition Council for Exceptional Children
Myrtle Beach, SC 2016

Asperger’s Skill Building Network: A 5 year evaluation
YAI International Conference, NYC, NY. 1977
Montclair, 2015

Awards and Honors

Early Tenure
College of Education

Notable Courses Taught

SPED 6320 & 6330, Research I and II
SPC 5800 Collaboration of Home, School & Community
SPC 5640 Managing Challenging Behaviors
SPED 5420 Foundations of Learning Disabilities

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