Dr. Derek Shanman

Title: Assistant Professor of Education
Department: Teacher Education
Email: derek.shanman@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4319
Office Location: 122 Dr. O Cleveland Hill Hall


B.S. Psychology, University of Washington
M.A. Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University
Ph.D. Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University



I am currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and graduate faculty for the High Incidence Disabilities program. I primarily teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to special education.

Complete one of the following statements: “My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would be…” -OR- “My future career aspirations include…”
“My future career aspirations are simply to continue the path I’m on, hopefully impacting the lives of as many teachers as possible in positive ways as I can.”

Answer one of the following questions: If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the winnings? -OR- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“It has always been one of my dreams to see the northern lights. I have read of places in Scandinavia where you can stay in “igloos”, or rather hotel rooms shaped like igloos with glass ceilings where you can watch the lights from your room!”


I have presented multiple times at national, state, and organizational conferences on a range of topics in education, applied behavior analysis, and verbal behavior. I am currently a member of The Association for Behavior Analysis International, Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling, and Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association.