School of Education and Human Development

Walter Kimball

Department Chair of Special Education; Professor of Education

Office Location

221 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5082

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, Philosophy, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Learning Disabilities, Lexington,Kentucky




Teaching was an early career decision, coming at the start of high school.  Formal degree based education and teacher licensure preparation at Centre College, the University of Kentucky, and The Ohio State University has been combined with profession experience and learning as an elementary school and junior high special education resource room teacher, district special education director, Title I Director, and university teacher educator.  I have never regretted for one second that career decision. 

Teaching Perspective

All students deserve a quality education and I relish the central role of a teacher to do what can be done to make that happen.  How does this happen?  Experience, Reflection, Success, Collaboration.  Experience without reflection is trial and error.  Reflection without experience is strictly conjecture.  Success leads to progress, even if in small steps.  Much more is learned in collaboration than through isolated individual activity.

Intellectual Pursuits

My professional work in education has focused on partnerships between universities and school districts, connecting general education and special education, performance based teacher assessment, and strengthening school based teaching internships as the nucleus of a teacher education program.   

Personal Side

I came to USM in 1988 for purely geographic reasons; to live in my wife Judy's hometown.

Where can you find me other than USM and local school classrooms?  Try a tennis court, mostly doubles now as age marches on, or the church choir or Portland Community Chorus.  Nothing like a solid bass section to lay a strong harmony foundation for a song.  Give me a Maryland crab cake or Maryland steamed crabs with Old Bay seasoning anytime.