Robert L. Osgood

Robert L. Osgood is a currently retired Professor of Education who has taught at Colgate University, IUPUI, Muskingum University, and St. Norbert College. He has also taught at universities in Japan and Malaysia. Dr. Osgood earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Oregon, his M.Ed. in Foundations from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on the history of special education in the United States, examining issues of student identification and selection; curriculum development; teacher education; professional status; inclusion; and the etiology of disability. He has published three books as well as numerous articles in History of Education Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and the Indiana Magazine of History, among others. His current book project explores how special education and general education became separate entities over time through changes in teacher education, research funding, school organization, and student stratification.

Dr. Osgood has served as the President of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, a Faculty Fellow for Indiana Campus Compact, a member of the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, and was awarded the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning from Indiana University. In recognition of his international work, Dr. Osgood has been named an Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholar to Ethiopia, and he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Latvia in the spring of 2022.


Published Work

My area of expertise focuses on the history of special education in the United States. 

The research covers topics such as the origins of special education in public schools, the evolution of the status and prestige of special education and its students and teachers, and the relation of public schools to constructs of disability equity and inclusion. 

I have published articles on the theory and practice of civic engagement and service-learning in teacher education programs. 

My work also includes historical and contemporary accounts of special education in international settings. 

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