About the Center


The Blumberg Center will continue its tradition to benefit persons with exceptionalities, persons with potential exceptionalities whose performance is adversely affecting educational outcomes, and those who work with them; through service, education, and research; and, through facilitating and supporting the intertwined missions of the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, and the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Bayh College of Education, and Indiana State University.



 Dr. Carol Wetherell

Blumberg Center Director


(812) 237-2147 



Sharon Bryan

Budget Coordinator


(812) 237-7887


Lisa Poff

Lisa Poff

Deaf-Blind Services Project Coordinator   


(812) 237-7679



Robin Thoma

PASS Project Coordinator


(812) 237-8115



Roxanne Toner

Operations Specialist


(812) 237-2830


Jenifer Pollom

Jenifer Pollom

Budget Operations Specialist


(812) 237-2842


The Blumberg Center Steering Council membership is composed of individuals from the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School and Education Psychology and the Dean’s Office.

Steering Council

Left to right:   Dr. Linda Sperry, Dr. Annie Liner,  Dr. Vicki Hammen, Dr. Rebecca Hinshaw, Dr. Ryan Donlan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Not pictured:  Dr. Chris MacDonald, Dr. Chavez Phelps


The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education at Indiana State University was established in the fall of 1985 using the Fannie Blumberg Memorial Fund in Special Education and the Benjamin Blumberg Memorial Fund for Gifted and Emotionally Disturbed Children donated to the University by Fannie and Benjamin Blumberg.

In 1964, Fannie Blumberg willed a major portion of her estate to the Department of Special Education to support the work of the department. In 1975, ISU received a bequest from Benjamin Blumberg's estate for the benefit of gifted children and children who are emotionally disturbed. These funds, managed by the ISU Foundation, form the basis for the Blumberg Center and its activities.

Many Blumberg Center activities are supported by funding secured from federal and state grants. These activities encourage cooperation among University, government, and community agency personnel by bringing together qualified academicians, students, and community resource people with the goal of examining and improving current professional practices through research and the development of model programs.

Over the years, the center has facilitated and supported the efforts of the ISU Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education and the Department of Educational and School Psychology in research and program development for the benefit of exceptional children and adults in a true collaborative spirit. The departments have many noteworthy achievements toward that end. Whether providing seed money for projects, financial assistance for travel, or other support, the Center is committed to working with both departments to continue the Blumberg legacy.