Richard King Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. King's professional career spans 37 years, beginning with 17 years as a Special Education Teacher with the Exceptional Children's Program of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, teaching classes in the Woodland Hills and Plum Borough School Districts. After earning his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. King spent 19 years as a Principal in the Steel Valley School District and the Jeannette City School District. As Principal, he chaired committees that promoted a number of initiatives, including Response to Intervention and Instruction, School Readiness Transition, "Reading First" reading instruction, Curriculum Mapping, Differentiated Instruction, special needs accommodations for Least Restrictive Environment,and the Elementary Student Assistance Program. In addition, Dr. King collaborated with many local Universities, including Seton Hill University, to provide their students with learning opportunities through a variety of field experiences.


Joined Seton Hill: 2012
Hometown: North Versailles, PA
Personal Areas of Interest: Reading good books, including children's literature and science fiction, listening to good music, sharing the joys and challenges of life with my great family.
Academic Areas of Interest: Classroom Management, Family Engagement, Reading Instruction, Special Education, Least Restrictive Environment, Differentiated Instruction, Response to Intervention and Instruction, Professional Learning Communities, Elementary Student Assistance Program, Preschool Transition to Kindergarten, Planned Optimism, "Flow", "Grit."


  • Ph.D., Education Administration, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 1989
  • M. Ed., Special Education, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 1976
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Mt. Union (Alliance, Ohio), 1974


  • While serving as its Principal, Dr. King and the staff and students of Jeannette McKee Elementary School received national recognition from the United States Department of Education as an NCLB Blue Ribbon School.


  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


  • "Jeannette McKee Elementary's School Readiness Transition Team Plan: A Swingin' Safari" United Way School Readiness Transition Conference (Greensburg, PA) June 2011


  • Jeannette McKee Elementary's Read Across America Day: A Collaboration with the Community (and Superman!): Exhibit at the Pennsylvania School Board Association Conference (Hershey, PA) October, 2004


  • Pa. Instructional II: Special Education, Pa. Administrative II: Elementary Principal


  • Served as the Chairperson of the Jeannette McKee Elementary School Readiness Transition Team. Made up of Kindergarten teachers and representatives from local Pre-Schools, this team planned and implemented activities to promote a smooth transition for students and parents as they progressed from Pre-School to Kindergarten.