Lecturer; Administrative Licensure Coordinator
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
210F Burton Hall
Chris Sonenblum earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Minnesota in 1992 while working as a Director of Special Education—a role she has filled in several Minnesota school districts over the past 25 years. Originally from Vermont, Dr. Sonenblum worked in education in Maine, Colorado and Arizona before settling in Minnesota in 1977. She completed her master’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 1983. She began her career in higher education as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of MN in 2003 and has continued teaching OLPD 5368 Leadership for Special Education Services continuously since then. Dr. Sonenblum recently joined the staff of the University of MN Twin Cities campus as a member of the OLPD faculty working in the area of Administrative Licensure. She has filled similar roles in advising graduate students, overseeing field placements, and teaching graduate courses at St. Mary’s University of MN, MN State University at St. Cloud, and St. Catherine University, experiences which led to her receipt of the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) Legacy Award in 2013. A frequent presenter at State and National Conferences, Dr. Sonenblum has worked in the areas of Educational Equity, Individualized Instruction, Dispute Resolution and Inter-Cultural Adaptation. Immediately prior to accepting her current assignment, Dr. Sonenblum was the Director of Student Services for Roseville Area Schools overseeing staff and programs in Special Education, English Learning, Student Support, Health Services and providing District-wide leadership and management as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
Updated December 22, 2015