B.S., B.Ed., M.Ed., Osmania University, India
Ph.D. Regional Institute of Education – Mysore. India
Srimani Chakravarthi is a Professor at the College of Education in University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois. She has an earned Ph. D. from the Regional Institute of Education (RIE) in Mysore (India) in the area of language interventions in Learning Disabilities. She is involved in teacher training for the past 13 years at the University, preparing teachers to teach diverse learners in the classroom. Dr. Chakravarthi was the Project Director for three federal grants at the United States. The first from the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Services (OSEP) was the 325T grant from 2007 to 2012, to improve quality of teacher training. The other two grants were from Doing What Works (Institute of Educational Sciences, IES), to improve the use of Evidence-based practices in instruction (2012-2015). Srimani has presented at varied national and international conferences in special education and teacher education. She also provides professional development to faculty in local schools and school districts. Her publications and research focus on universal design for learning, intervention research, teacher education and inclusive education.
Srimani is also passionate about STEM fields and coaches middle and high school students for Science competitions. The teams have won several state level and national level awards, including attending the White House Science Fair in 2016.
Recently, Srimani has initiated a partnership between USF, Florida State University and India (National Center for Educational, Research and Training) to set up a National Center for Reading Research, to promote early literacy outcomes for all students.