Skip top navigation Skip to main content

School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences

Elizabeth Hartmann, Ph.D.


Office: Brennan Library

Tel: 617-243-2177



  • Ph.D. Special Education, University of California at Berkeley with San Francisco State University
  • M.A. and B.A. Elementary and Special Education, Boston College


  • ED 219 Supporting Learner Variability
  • ED 231 Cultural Competence and Global Schools
  • ED 338 Inclusive Education
  • ED 771 Understanding and Using Educational Research
  • ED 772 Teacher as Researcher


Elizabeth Hartmann is a Professor of Education at Lasell. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at Boston College, in collaboration with CAST. She is a graduate from the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Professor Hartmann is a licensed special educator and has published, presented, and consulted nationally and internationally in her field. In her research, she examines how to support learners with multiple and complex special needs. She also studies the UDL framework and teacher education.

What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?

“I aspire to create engaging opportunities through pedagogy that leverage my students’ variability and diverse backgrounds. I believe that students’ skills, knowledge, dispositions and experiences partner with theory in ways that sustain and foster each other.”

What do you like about teaching at Lasell?

“What I love about teaching at Lasell is that I am able to implement and model the pedagogy that I teach to my pre-service and in-service teachers. The class sizes allow me to get the students actively involved in understanding theory and frameworks, like Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and connecting these to their practice in K-12 public schools.”

What is important for your students to take away from your classes?

“I see each course that I teach as an opportunity for my students to develop inquiry-focused perspectives that shift the emphasis of learning away from the superficial receiving and obtaining of content knowledge to the building of lifelong habits of learning. I want my students to leave my courses knowing that they are resourceful, strategic, and purposeful in their learning.”

Do you have any publications you would like students to be made aware of?

Fazzi, E., Molinaro, A., & Hartmann, E. S. (in press) Visual impairment and child development including the potential impact of CVI. A. Lueck & G. Dutton (Eds.) Impairment of Vision Due to Disorders of the Visual Brain in Childhood: A Practical Approach, New York: American Foundation for the Blind.

Hartmann, E. (2012). A scale to measure teacher self-efficacy in deafblindness education.  Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 106, 728-738.

Hartmann, E. (2012). A socio-cognitive approach to how children with deafblindness understand symbols. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 59, 131-144.

Do you have a blog/website you’d like visitors to to visit?

You can follow me on Twitter @profhartmann