Phyllis Brodsky

Phyllis Brodsky

Associate Professor of Practice

As an Associate Professor of Practice, Phyllis Brodsky, M.Ed., supports the University’s teaching community in the successful integration and application of pedagogy with technology on behalf of student learning. In addition to 1-on-1 consultations with instructors, and co-teaching IA 697P in the Certificate of College Teaching Program, Phyllis facilitates a variety of workshops, webinars, and mini-courses. These include:

  • Building Communities in Online Courses (mini-course)
  • The Power of Storytelling in Teaching (mini-course)
  • Teaching and Learning Through Slide Design
  • Instructor Presence in Online Courses
  • ePortfolios 
  • Online Presence and Digital Footprints
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Social Media

With a B.S. in Rehabilitation and an M.Ed. in Special Education, Phyllis began teaching children, birth-5, with severe and multiple disabilities in 1985. Focusing upon academic, vocational, and community-based skills, she was instrumental in the design/development of an integrated program for students with intellectual disabilities and sensory impairments at a local, public high school.

Phyllis was an adjunct instructor in the College of Education for 15 years in the teacher preparation and master’s degree program in severe & multiple disabilities. She taught courses on methods of instruction, assessment of students with intellectual disabilities, and assistive technology while supervising students in their practicum and internships. Phyllis also developed and implemented a K-12 teacher training and certification program in Southern Arizona. In 2011, as a program coordinator, Phyllis was instrumental in the development and implementation of the University of Arizona’s program, Project FOCUS, a program designed to support students with intellectual disabilities in higher education with an emphasis on person-centered planning, mobile technology, and peer mentorship. Other professional contributions in higher education, locally and nationally, have included workshops/webinars on mobile technology, educational technology, assistive technology, and augmentative communication.

Phyllis is a life-long avid dog lover and currently spends time with individuals who have late-stage Lewy body dementia.



  • B.S. Rehabilitation
  • M.Ed. Special Education