Special Education

Walter Kimball

Professor of Education
Walter Kimball

Office Location

221 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5082

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Learning Disabilities, Lexington,Kentucky
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Centre College of Kentucky


Walter H. Kimball is Professor of Special Education at the University of Southern Maine, starting here in 1988.  Dr. Kimball has a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and dual teacher certification in general and special education.  His professional experience includes special education teacher and school district special education director.  Dr. Kimball’s professional interests include Multi-Tier Systems of Student Support (MTSS), integrated general and special education educator preparation, and how technology improves the educational experience for students with a range of abilities and backgrounds. He works in partnership with school districts on pathways to initial teacher certification for their staff members employed as pareducators and conditionally certified teachers.  Dr. Kimball has extensive experience with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) developing assessment resources for instructional technology and reviewing technology products for their alignment with the ISTE Standards for Students and the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Teaching Philosophy:  You may have heard of the phrases Sage on the Stage and Guide on the Side.  My teaching philosophy is a mashup of those two terms:   Sage on the Side. I am fine with lectures to share knowledge but would much rather spend the time for a 60 minute presentation having two 30 minute student consultations.