Areas of Expertise
1. College-bound students with disabilities
2. Student voices: college students with disabilities
3. Strategic learning for college students with disabilities
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Master's Degree, University of New Mexico
Bachelor's Degree, Black Hills State University
Kristine (Kris) Wiest Webb, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education and former director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the University of North Florida (UNF). Under her direction, the DRC experienced tremendous growth in the numbers of students who use accommodations and services and the number of successful graduates increased 10 times the number of students who graduated a decade earlier. Further, the grade point averages of the graduates who were registered with the DRC were equal or exceeded the mean grade point average of UNF graduates from the general population. Kris has written or edited a number of books about the transition process including the most recent, Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities (2012). Kris is a Past-President of the International Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), an organization dedicated to improving life for adolescents and adults with disabilities. She was the 2014 recipient of the Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award and in 2007 was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award at the University of North Florida. In addition, Kris was the UNF 2003 CASE Undergraduate Teaching Award nominee and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2001-2002. She was the 2012 EVE winner in Education, an award given by the Florida Times Union. Before coming to UNF, Kris served as the Director of the Florida Network: Information and Services for Adults and Adolescents with Disabilities housed at the University of Florida. Prior to that position, she was the coordinator of a collaborative special education intern program at the University of New Mexico. Before her own transition to higher education, Kris was a high school teacher for 17 years in Colorado and New Mexico. In addition to her own service commitments, she has developed several programs for students enrolled in education classes and registered with the Disability Resource Center to highlight the importance of community and professional service. Along with her interest in teacher preparation, Kris has a long-standing passion for promoting successful postsecondary education experiences for individuals with disabilities, family involvement and collaboration, and transition to adult life for individuals with disabilities.
“There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” Elbert Green Hubbard
Dr. Webb was awarded the Susan B. Anthony Award through the University of North Florida’s Women’s Center in 2009. She was also an 2012 EVE winner in 2012 and a nominee for Education in 2008. In 2007, Dr. Webb was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the Outstanding Service Award, and the Spirit Award at the University of North Florida. In addition, she was the recipient of the Transition Champion award sponsored by the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition.
Council of Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development and Transition, Teacher Education Division, and Association on Higher Education and Disability
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Knab, J, Webb, K., Neil, I., Camacho, M, & Makowski, C. (2010-2015). Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) grant. US Department of Education. Awarded $421,000 a year for five year in a collaboration with University of South Florida, Lynn University, and the University of North Florida.
Webb, K.W. (2010-14). Ward Scholarship program. Awarded $225,000 for three years from the Michael Ward Foundation.
Publications & Presentations
Webb, K., Repetto, J., Seabrooks-Blackmore, J., Patterson, K.B., & Aldefer, K. (2014). Career development: Preparation, integration, and collaboration. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40, 231-238.
Webb, K. W. (In Press). Disability resource center. In M. Gonzalez, Student affairs handbook (working title).
Patterson, K. B., Krudwig, K., & Webb, K. (2009). Effects of family as faculty and case based instruction on teacher’s beliefs about family partnerships. Preventing School Failure, 54(1), 41-50.
Webb, K. W. (2009). Florida Talks Transition: Focus groups of parents, students, school personnel and agency personnel. Florida Department of Education: BEES.
Webb, K., Seabrooks-Blackmore, J., Patterson, K., & Syverud, S. (2008). Evidenced based practices that promote transition to postsecondary education: Listening to a decade of expert voices. Exceptionality, 16(4), 192-206
Kochhar, C., Bassett, D. S., & Webb, K. W. (2008). Transition to postsecondary education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Wandry, D., Webb, K.W., Williams, J., Bassett, D., Asselin, S., & Hutchinson, S. (2008). Teacher candidates’ perceptions of barriers to effective transition programming. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 31(1), 14-25.