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Nancy Contrucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Phone: (909) 528-0925
Alternate: (626) 857-2270
Nancy Contrucci, Ph.D., has spent 35 years in the education field, starting with 16 years in general education and special education at the birth-to-three, preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has since taught at institutions of higher education for 19 years, 10 of them in Azusa Pacific’s former Department of Special Education. It has been her privilege and joy to teach new teacher candidates working toward and completing their credential and master’s degree. Contrucci’s research agenda focuses on strengths-based education and team building for collaboration, in particular the intentional use of strengths in the teaching profession, teacher collaboration, and motivation of students. The purpose of her research is to demonstrate that when teachers apply their strengths in their classroom and identify and affirm K–12 students’ strengths, they will be more effective teachers and greater student success. She and her husband were called to the mission field in 1993 as a teacher of missionary students and a missionary pilot, respectively, for seven years. During this time, she started a new school and conducted classes for students in grades 1–7 in Irian Jaya, Indonesia.


Ph.D., Studies of Behavioral Disabilities (Minors in Child and Family Studies, and Educational Psychology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Education (Emphasis in Special Education with a Focus on Early Childhood: Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders), Illinois State University
M.S., Education (Emphasis in Early Childhood Education), Illinois State University
B.S., Education (Emphasis in Economics Education, Minor in Art Education), Illinois State University


  • School of Education
    • Teacher Education


  • Community Integration of Individuals with Special Needs
  • Identifying and Understanding Preferred Communication Styles
  • Special Education Teacher Preparation
  • Strengths-based Education
  • Team Building
  • Working with Individuals with Special Needs

Courses Taught

SPED 505 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
SPED 506 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
SPED 530 – Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
SPED 565A – Field Experience I (K–12)
SPED 565B – Field Experience II (K–12)

Office Hours

Tuesday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; and by appointment via email

Office Location

Inland Empire Regional Center, Suite 100

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