Emily Chambers, PhD

Associate Professor of Special Education

College of Education

Dr. Chambers teaches courses including Characteristics and Instruction of Exceptional Learners, Classroom Management Collaborative and Educational Relationships with Families and Professionals, and Special Education Student Teaching. She also serves as Coordinator of Special Education and Special Education Teacher Candidate Advisor. Her research interests focus on teacher preparation, specifically on teacher attrition and retention. Dr. Chambers began teaching at Concordia University Chicago in 2012.

Dr. Chambers is married with two children, boys ages three and five. Her family is completed by two labradoodle dogs. On her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and gardening. Born and raised on the north side of Chicago, she is excited to be a part of the Concordia University Chicago community.


  • PhD, Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago
  • MA, Special Education, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
  • BA, Elementary Education, Northern Illinois Univerity, DeKalb, Ill.

Prior Academic and Professional Experience

Dr. Chambers has served both as a general education and special education teacher in various settings in the Chicago Public Schools and surrounding suburbs.