Faculty and Staff
Susan C. Bon, J.D., Ph.D.
|Title:||Professor and Higher Education Program Coordinator
Affiliate Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
|Department:||Educational Leadership and Policies
College of Education
Susan C. Bon, J.D, Ph.D. has authored and co-authored nearly 40 articles and co-authored book chapters addressing the legal and ethical principles that inform administrative practice and impact leadership in education and special education. Bon is an active leader in national law-related organization focusing on education law and special education law. She spent one year as a part-time Intern at the United States Education Department working on Title I, Part D (Neglected or Delinquent Youth), McKinney-Vento (EHCY), and Homeless Education Disaster Assistance (HEDA) Grant Programs. Her past experience also includes serving as coordinator of the Education Policy Fellowship program (EPFP) in Washington, D.C., which is a 10-month education policy and leadership program developed by the Institute for Leadership (IEL). She has served on several executive boards for non-profit organizations, including the Dream Project in Arlington, VA, which is a non-profit organization focused on helping to promote student success and access to higher education for immigrant students; and the Education Law Association in Cleveland, OH, a national, non-profit member association offering unbiased information to its professional members about current legal issues affecting education and the rights of those involved in education in both public and private K-12 schools, universities, and colleges. Prior to her university faculty service, she worked as the ombudsman in the State Superintendent’s Division of the Ohio Department of Education. Bon received her law degree and a doctorate in education policy and leadership from The Ohio State University.
Research and Teaching Expertise
Education law, policy and leadership across the P-20 continuum, special education law (IDEA, ADA, Rehabilitation Act), values and ethics in education leadership and personnel and employee decisions
Selected Recent Research
Bon, S. C. (2017). Procedural Safeguards: Resolving Family-School Disputes. In E. A. Shaver & J. R. Decker (Eds.) A Guide to Special Education Law. (pp. 183-191). Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.
Osborne, A. G. & Bon, S. C. (2017).Current Issues in Special Education. In E. A. Shaver & J. R. Decker (Eds.) A Guide to Special Education Law (pp. 193-227).
Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.Tran, H., & Bon, S. C. (2016). Examining Principal Quality Through Multiple Stakeholders' Perspectives. Journal of School Public Relations, 37(1), 55-78.
Bon, S. C., Decker, J., & Wilson, N. (2016). Special education vouchers: Model legislation and parent rights. Peabody Journal of Education. doi: 10.1080/0161956X.2016.1207444
Geisel, R. T., Bon, S. C., & *Buckman, D. (2015). Employee settlement agreements:
Effective employment practice or public relations nightmare. Journal of School Public Relations, 36(2), 194-217.
Bon, S. C., & J. C. Sun (Eds.) (2015). Law & Educational Inequality: Removing Barriers to Educational Opportunities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Bon, S. C., & Snyder, N. D. (2015). IDEA Transition: Individualizing educational opportunities for students with disabilities. In S. C. Bon, & J. C. Sun (Eds.), Law & Educational Inequality: Removing Barriers to Educational Opportunities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Bon, S. C., & Osborne, A. G. (2014). Students with Disabilities. In J.C. Russo et al. (Eds.), Yearbook of Education Law. Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.
Bon, S. C., & Osborne, A. G. (2014). Does the failure to conduct an FBA or develop a BIP result in a denial of a FAPE under the IDEA? Education Law Reporter, 307, 581-588.
Bon, S. C., & Zirkel, P. (2014). The time-out and seclusion continuum: A systematic analysis of the case law. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 27, 35-45.
Bon, S. C., & Zirkel, P. (2014). Time-out and seclusion litigation: A liability nightmare? Toledo Law Review Journal, 45(3), 505-525.
Bon, S. C., Bathon, J., & Balzano, A. (2014). Social media use—and misuse—by teachers: Looking to the courts for human resource policy guidance. Journal of School Public Relations, 34, 193-217.
Bon, S. C. (2012). Examining the crossroads of law, ethics and education leadership. Journal of School Leadership, 22, 285-308.
Bon, S. C., & Bigbee, A. (2011). Special education leadership: Integrating professional and personal codes of ethics to serve the best interest of the child. Journal of School Leadership, 21(3), 324-359.
Outstanding Staff/Faculty Partner Award (2017) - (University of South Carolina, Division of Student Affairs & Academic Support)
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award (2017) - (University of South Carolina, Higher Education and Student Affairs)
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award (2016) - (University of South Carolina, Higher Education and Student Affairs)
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award (2015) - University of South Carolina, Higher Education and Student Affairs)
EDHE 737– Legal Issues in Higher Education - In this course, students focus on legal responsibilities, constraints, and emerging issues in higher education law; and examine general principles of constitutional, statutory and case law in order to be able to apply legal principles and judicial decisions to higher education institutions.
EDLP J705 – Legal Basis of Educational Organization and Administration - Emphasis on techniques of legal research, the legal relationships between the federal and state government as they relate to school district organization and administration, as well as legal case studies in all major areas of administrative concern.
EDLP 805 – Advanced Educational Policy Analysis - The purpose of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of state and federal higher education policymaking; and learn about the policymaking process and how it affects systems and institutions of higher education—and how institutions affect the policymaking process.
EDHE J832 – Disability in Higher Education and Society - This course provides students with a multi-dimensional understanding of disability in higher education. Focus will be on promoting awareness, knowledge, and the skills needed to work effectively with individuals with disabilities in all aspects of higher education, higher education includes community and technical schools, colleges, and universities.