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William Penrod, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education


Special and Early Education (SEED)


  • Ed.D., University of Louisville Educational Foundations and Leadership
  • M.Ed., Peabody College at Vanderbilt University
  • M.Ed., University of Louisville
  • B.S., Murray State University


Dr. William Mefford Penrod is a retired certified teacher of the blind and visually impaired (TVI) and a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) with over twenty-eight years teaching experience in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Prior to coming to NIU he directed both the TVI and O&M programs at the University of Louisville for over nine years. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. He is active in the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) where he is on the Publications Committees, the University Review Committee, and the Executive Committee for University Review. He is the Program Chair for the 2011 AER Regional Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also very active in the Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) where he sits on the Subject Matter Expert (SME) committee for the field of Orientation & Mobility.

Research Interests:

  • Electronic Travel Aids and Orientation Aids for persons who are blind
  • Best practices for teaching Orientation and Mobility to persons who are blind
  • Spatial organization skills of persons who are blind

William Penrod


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