Key Professional Appointments

Emeritus Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 2004 - present

Joint Faculty Appointment Human and Community Development, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1989 - present

Faculty Appointment Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1976 - present

Program Coordinator Infancy and Early Childhood Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1976 - present

Fellow Bureau of EducationalResearch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1996 - 1999

Fellow Bureau of Educational Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1983 - 1985


Ph.D., Special Education, emphasis in Early Childhood, University of Texas at Austin, 1976

M.A., Special Education, emphasis in Early Childhood, University of Texas at Austin, 1973

B.A., Psychology, English, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1962

Awards, Honors, Associations

Arnold O. Beckman Award in special recognition of grant funded by the Research Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998 - 1998

Chancellor's Recognition for Academic Excellence University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998 - 1998

Ted Merrill Award for Excellence in Teaching Council for Exceptional Children, 1998 - 1998

Mather-Spitze Research Award College of Education, 1997 - 1997

Distinguished Senior Scholar College of Education, 1995 - 1995

Research & Service

My research interests incorporate three interrelated areas of study: (a) social interaction between infants with disabilities and their caregivers and the implications of these interactions for the infant's optimal development; (b) policy issues related to personnel working with young children with disabilities and their families, and (c) professional development designed to assist early childhood practitioners to upgrade their skills in working with young children and their families. I have conducted descriptive studies of parent-child interaction, with the goal of understanding the differences often found in caregiver behavior during interactions with children with and without disabilities, including those from different cultures. I also have sought to describe the work roles and professional qualifications of early childhood personnel and have examined approaches to professional development that result in change in professional practice. My current activities extends on these same areas as I advocate and work on personnel standards for federal and state systems and for university programs, and as I examine professional knowledge and professional development related to fostering emergent content knowledge in young children. I continue to consider the important concept of responsiveness as it applies to all adults who interact with young children in their everyday lives.


Cole, S., McCollum, J., Swinford, L., Dewar, G., & Hughes, M. (2009). Moving towards relationship-based practices in a crisis nursery setting Early Childhood Development and Care, 179 (7), 863.

McCollum, J., & Ostrosky, M. (2008). Family roles in young children's emerging peer-related social competence. Family Influences on Young Children's Emerging Peer-Related Social Competence for Peer-Related Social Competence of Young Children ( 2nd ed). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Ostrosky, M., McCollum, J., & Young, S. (2008). Linking curriculum to children's social outcomes: Helping families support children's peer relationships. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series #9: Linking curriculum to child and family outcome.

McCollum, J., Yates, T., Laumann, B., & Hsieh, W. (2007). Replicating a parent-child model: Case analysis of high and low fidelity implementers. Infants & Young Children, 20 38-54.

Hemmeter, M., McCollum, J., & Hsieh, W. (2005). Practical strategies for supporting emergent literacy in the preschool classroom. Young Exceptional Children Monographs Series No. 7, 59-74.

McCollum, J., & Chen, Y. (2003). Parent-child interaction when babies have Down syndrome: The perceptions of Taiwanese mothers. Infants & Young Children,.

Venn, M., & McCollum, J. (2002). Exploring the long- and short-term planning practices of Head Start teachers for children with and without disabilities. Journal of Special Education, 35 (4), 211-223.

McCollum, J. (2001). Influencing the development of young children with disabilities: Current themes in early intervention. Child & Adolescent Mental Health,.

McCollum, J., Yates, T., Gooler, F., & Bruns, D. (2001). Using "DOTs" to support parents as developmental observers during parent-child groups. Young Exceptional Children Monographs.

Chen, Y., & McCollum, J. (2000). Taiwanese mothers' perceptions of the relationship between interactions with their infants and the development of social competence. Early Child Development and Care, (162), 25-40.

McCollum, J. (2000). Parent education: What we mean and what that means. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 19 (3),

McCollum, J. (2000). PIWI: A relationship-based approach to early intervention Champaign, IL: Project TRIAD, University of Illinois (series of 8 personnel training modules on the PIWI model.

McCollum, J. (2000). Taking the past along: Reflecting on our identity as a discipline. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 20 79-86.

McCollum, J., Ree, Y., & Chen, Y. (2000). Interpreting parent-infant interaction: Perceptions of Caucasian and Korean parents. Infants & Young Children, 12 (4), 22-33.

Bruns, D., McCollum, J., & Cohen-Addad, N. (1999). What is and what should be: Maternal perceptions of their roles in the NICU. Infant-Toddler Intervention, 9 (3), 281-198.

Appl, D., Gooler, F., & McCollum, J. (1998). Inclusive parent-child play groups. Infant-Toddler Intervention: The Transdisciplinary Journal,.

McCollum, J., & McBride, S. (1998). Ratings of parent-infant interaction: Raising questions of cultural validity. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 17 (4), 494-519.


Principal Investigator DELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2011

Principal Investigator PIWI Outreach: Facilitating Development through Parent-Infant Play Groups, U.S. Department of Education, 1996 - 1999

McCollum, Jeanette

Professor Emerita, Special Education



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