Michael Bullis earned his Ph.D. in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon in 1983. In 1994 he returned to the COE as a tenure-track associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 1998. His scholarship addressed the transition of adolescents or young adults with disabilities or with extreme, high-risk behaviors to adult roles, focusing on competitive employment. He has more than 120 publications and received 36 external grant awards, roughly $22 million, to study transition issues.
Dr. Bullis served as the dean of the COE from 2005-2013. While dean, he oversaw the college’s $50+ million building project, including the renovation of the historical education complex and the construction of the HEDCO Education Building. During his time as dean, the COE was ranked in the top 10 colleges of education nationally, its faculty were ranked among the very best nationally in terms of scholarly productivity and external grant awards, and the number of tenured faculty doubled.
In 2013, Dr. Bullis returned to faculty in EMPL, teaching courses on professional writing, research methods, and administrative decision-making. He retired in the fall of 2017 remaining part-time in the department.
Honors and Awards
2014-2019 - Fulbright Specialist Candidate, US Dept. of State, Institute of International Education
2014 – Outstanding Alumnus, College of Education, University of Oregon
2013 - Patricia L. Sitlington Research Award, Division on Career Development & Transition, Council for Exceptional Children
2009 - Leadership Award, Midwest Symposium on Behavioral Disorders.
2005-2017 – Sommerville-Knight Professor
Bullis, M. (2013). Reflections on the past and thoughts about the future of the transition field. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 36, 31-36. (Invited article)
Todis, B., Glang, A., Bullis, M., Ettel, D., & Hood, D. (2011). Longitudinal investigation of the post-high school transition experiences of adolescents with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26, 138-149.
Povenmire-Kirk, T., Lindstrom, L., & Bullis, M. (2010). De escuela a la vida adulta: Transition needs for Latino youth with disabilities. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 33,
Atkins, T., Bullis, M., & Yovanoff, P. (2007). Wealthy and wise? Comparison of incarcerated youth from different socioeconomic levels. Behavioral Disorders, 32, 254-266.
Simonson, B., & Bullis, M. (2007). The effectiveness of using a multiple gating approach to discriminate among ADHD subtypes. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 15, 223-236.
Alltucker, K., Bullis, M., Close, D., & Yovanoff, P. (2006) Different pathways to juvenile delinquency: Characteristics of early and later starters in a sample of incarcerated youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15, 479-492.
Bullis, M., & Yovanoff, P. (2006). Idle hands: Examination of the community employment experiences of formerly incarcerated adolescents. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 14, 71-85.