Brandis M. Ansley

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Central Michigan University

Brandi Ansley is currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Central Michigan University. Her professional interests surround school personnel wellness, working conditions, and school climate. She is the primary author of "Optimizing Special Educator Wellness and Job Performance Through Stress Management," and a contributing author of "Supporting Students by Maintaining Professional Well-Being in High-Stress Jobs." Previously, Brandi served as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate, and Classroom Management at Georgia State University. She has facilitated numerous professional development workshops to local and national audiences that include K-12 faculty and staff, university faculty, and other education professionals. Before transitioning to roles in higher education, Brandi's previous experience includes eight years as a special education teacher in high-need settings and three years as a community-based mental wellness facilitator.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor of Special Education, Central Michigan University
  • 2012–2018
    Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia State University


  • 2018 
    Georgia State University, Ph.D, Special Education


  • 2019
    Cultivating positive work contexts that promote teacher job satisfaction and retention in high-need schools. , Journal of Special Education Leadership
  • 2017
    Supporting students by maintaining professional well-being in a high stress job. , LEARNing Landscapes
  • 2016
    Optimizing special educator wellness and job performance through stress management. , TEACHing Exceptional Children

Professional Memberships

  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Michigan Education Association