Perry Zirkel
University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law


  • Legal issues
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education and more recently held the Iacocca chair in education for its five-year term. He has a doctorate in educational administration and a law degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Laws from Yale University. He has written more than 1,450 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He writes a regular column for Principal magazine and did so previously for Phi Delta Kappan and Teaching Exceptional Children. He is past president of the Education Law Association and was co-chair of the Pennsylvania special education appeals panel from 1990 to 2007. He is the author of the CEC monograph The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability; the books, “A Digest of Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Education” and “Student Teaching and the Law”; and the two-volume reference Section 504, the ADA and the Schools. He has been honored with awards from the American Educational Research Association and the University Council for Educational Administration.