Dr. Christopher J. Craig


Provost Office

Role: Staff
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Provost Office
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897




  • Ed.D., 1994, Special Education, Vanderbilt University
  • Ed.S., 1990, Educational Administration, Missouri State University 
  • M.Ed., 1986, Special Education, Drury College
  • BME, Drury College


  • Lifetime Missouri teaching certification 

Professional experience

  • Deputy Provost, July 1, 2016-Present
  • Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Missouri State University, 2006-2009, 2012-2016 
  • Director, School of Education and Child Development, Drury University, 2009-2012
  • Associate Dean, College of Education, Missouri State University, 2000-2006
  • Director, School of Teacher Education, Southwest Missouri State University, 2000-2001
  • Head of the Department of Reading and Special Education, Southwest Missouri State University, 1996-2000
  • Special Education Process Coordinator, Kraft Administrative Services Center, Springfield, Missouri Public Schools, 1993-1994
  • Americans with Disabilities  Act and  Section 504 Coordinator, Kraft Administrative Services Center, Springfield, Missouri Public Schools, 1993-1994
  • Lecturer, Field Supervisor, Department of Special Education, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1991-1994
  • Adjunct faculty, Department of Education, Drury College, 1989-1990
  • Itinerant/Consulting teacher for students with visual impairments, Springfield, Missouri Public Schools, 1985-1991
  • Instructor of children and youth with multiple disabilities, Springfield, Missouri Public Schools, 1985-1991
  • Itinerant teacher of students with learning disabilities, Nixa, Missouri Public Schools, 1984-1985


  • ARC of the Ozarks Board, 2016
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks Board, 2016
  • Missouri AER Board, 2000-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 1999-2005
  • American Education Research Association member, 2002-2006
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD), Division of Teacher Education (TED)
  • Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Division of Personnel Preparation, Division of Early Childhood 
  • Founder, Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO)

Research and professional interests

Dr. Craig’s primary research interests have been in promoting early literacy experiences for children and youth with disabilities and the roles of families in the home literacy process for this population.  Dr. Craig has studied various forms of assistive technology for children and youth who are blind, including research on emerging technologies such as the Brainport, a device that provides images of the environment in real time directly to the visual cortex.  Dr. Craig has a number of publications in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB), as well as other peer-reviewed journals and numerous national presentations that have showcased his research with colleagues from Vanderbilt University and MSU.  Prior to coming to the university in August of 1994, Dr. Craig worked as a teacher and administrator for 10 years with the Springfield and Nixa Public Schools in the area of Special Education.

Other interests

Dr. Craig is a singer-songwriter and performs high energy acoustic rock & roll regularly with his band called Hendrix and Craig.  Dr. Craig is a published song writer and continues to write music for a variety of entertainers, including his close friend David Harrison, renowned children’s author and lead singer of the Bryan Biggers Band.     

Awards and honors

  • Men of the Year honoree, Springfield Business Journal, 2015
  • Greek Excellence Award, Drury University Fraternity and Sorority Life, 2009
  • Leadership Springfield Program appointee, 2008
  • Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Southwest Missouri State University (chosen to present at the Honors Banquet), Fall 2004
  • Joan Davis Award nominee, Missouri Council for Exceptional Children, Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the Missouri State CEC Conference, March 1999
  • Recognition of Service Award, Missouri Assistive Technology Exposition and Conference, April 1998
  • Nixa Missouri High School Academic Hall of Fame inductee, May 1995
  • Fellowship Award, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Special Education, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1991-1992 & 1992-1993 academic years
  • Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Award, Sixth annual awards banquet; Opportunity Development Center; Vanderbilt University, October 1992
  • National Scholarship Award for Teachers, Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1992
  • National Federation of the Blind National Student Scholarship recipient, 1990
  • Missouri Council of the Blind State Scholarship recipient, 1990
  • Special Service Award, Southwest Center for Independent Living, Springfield, MO, 1990
  • Rudolph Dillman Scholarship recipient for professionals in the field of educating students with visual impairments, American Foundation for the Blind, 1988 and 1989
  • Mortarboard Society, Drury College, 1982
  • Departmental Honors, Music Department, Drury College, 1982
  • Special Achievement Award, Music Education and Special Education, Education Department, Drury College, 1982

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