Dr. Mark Mostert, from Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his undergraduate degree (with distinction) from the Johannesburg College of Education, majoring in special education and biblical studies. After post baccalaureate work in cerebral palsied education at the University of South Africa, he was awarded the master's degree from the University of South Alabama, where he was designated the outstanding graduate in special education. His Ph.D. in special education was awarded by the University of Virginia in 1992 for the dissertation, Metaphor in Special Educators' Language of Practice, subsequently published by the University of Illinois.
In 1996, after a national search, Mostert was the inaugural winner of the Millman Promising Scholar Award from Cornell University. In 1997, Mostert was appointed Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and in 1998 he was a visiting professor of special education at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Mostert previously served as coordinator of programs in Learning Disabilities at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was full professor; and as Associate Professor of Special Education at Old Dominion University. He has taught at both the elementary and secondary level, in both public and private schools, and on two continents.
Mostert's current research interests include research syntheses related to effective educational interventions, issues related to face validity in meta-analysis, and the utility of the history of special education to inform current educational and social practices.
Honors and Awards:
2008 Visiting Professor of Special Education, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
1998 Visiting Professor of Special Education, University of Cologne, Cologne, Republic of Germany.
1997 Phi Kappa Phi.
1997 Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Beth and Roland Dille Foundation for Excellence, Moorhead State University.
1996 Jason Millman Promising Scholar Award, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1991 John B. and Florence S. May Graduate Fellowship, Curry School of Education Foundation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
1989 Departmental Doctoral Fellowship in Special Education and Teacher Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.