Dianne Gut

Dr. Dianne Gut serves as a consultant on the Rural Early Adolescent Learning Program at the National Research Center on Rural Education Support. assisting with the Academic Engagement Enhancement component of the program. She is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs for the College of Education at Ohio University in rural Southeastern Ohio. She teaches pre-service, master’s-, and doctoral-level teacher-preparation courses focusing on the nature and educational needs of students with mild to moderate learning needs. She taught middle school for ten years in both general and special education classrooms.

For the past three years, Dr. Gut has been a faculty fellow of the Voinovich Center for Research and Public Affairs at Ohio University, and has also participated in the Rural Research and Practice Innovation Research Group.

For the past five years, she has been a member of the Athens County Mentoring Collaborative, a multi-district group responsible for planning and implementing the Athens County Entry Year Program for all first-year teachers in the county. Representatives of each school district meet to monitor the progress of the Entry Year program and plan quarterly county-wide training sessions designed to meet the specific needs of teachers working in situations of rural poverty. Previously, she spent ten years teaching middle school in both general and special education classrooms.

Recent Related Publications

Gut, D. M., Farmer, T. W., Bishop, J. L., Hives, J., Aaron, A., & Hunter, F. (2004). The school engagement project: Academic engagement enhancement. Preventing School Failure, 48(2), 4-9.

Cadwallader, T. W., Farmer, T. W., Cairns, B. D., Leung, M., Clemmer, J. T., Gut, D. M., & Reese, L. (2002). The social relations of rural African American early adolescents and proximal impact of the school engagement project. Journal of School Psychology, 40(3), 239-258.

Related Research Projects

Dr. Gut’s research has focused on the social integration of students with disabilities in inclusive middle school classrooms and with the support of the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Rehabilitation Services, has created the How to Handle it: Problem Solving in Social Situations CD-ROM series designed to assist middle school students with problem solving in social situations.

Dr. Gut was co-investigator on a state grant involving the collaborative training of general and special educators in the rural schools in Southern Ohio and a state grant to assist in the recruitment and retention of special education teachers in rural regions of Ohio.

Dr. Gut also served as a consultant on the Developmental Pathways of Rural African American Adolescents Study (Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention) under the direction of Dr. Farmer.


Dianne Gut
College of Education
Ohio University
McCracken Hall 133
Athens, OH 45701