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102J Lokey Education Building 5267 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-5267
Sommerville-Knight Professor
B.P.E., Purdue University, 1973
M.S., Purdue University, 1978
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1983

Michael Bullis is the Sommerville-Knight Professor in the College of Education. He is a nationally recognized expert on adolescents with high-risk behaviors and adolescents with disabilities and their transition into adult roles. Receiving his Ph.D. in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon in 1983, he has more than 130 publications and has been awarded 36 external grant awards, totaling more than $22 million, to support his scholarship. Dr. Bullis has managed model demonstration projects that provided direct employment and support services to adolescents with high-risk behaviors or disabilities and conducted seminal inquiry on the social skills necessary for these individuals to succeed in competitive work. He also has conducted longitudinal studies of the life experiences of adolescents with high-risk behaviors or disabilities, including studies of adolescents leaving the juvenile correctional system.

As the dean of the College of Education from 2005-2013, Dr. Bullis oversaw the college’s now completed building project, including the renovation of the historical education complex and the new HEDCO Education Building. During his time as dean, the College of Education was ranked in the top 10 colleges of education nationally for six years in a row. Its faculty were ranked among the very best in terms of faculty productivity as measured by external grant awards, with the college accounting for roughly one third of the UO’s entire external funding portfolio. He also doubled the number of tenured faculty lines in the college.

In 2013, Dr. Bullis returned to a faculty role in EMPL, with the express purpose of working with graduate students and junior faculty to further their career goals. He currently teaches courses on professional writing, research design and methods, and administrative decision-making.


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.



Poppen, M., Lindstrom, L., Unruh, D., Khurana, A., & Bullis, M. (in press). Predicting employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities using Vocational Rehabilitation case services data. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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, 41-51.

Atkins, T., Bullis, M., & Yovanoff, P. (2007). Wealthy and wise? Comparison of incarcerated youth from different socioeconomic levels. Behavioral Disorders, 32, 254-266.

Bullis, M., Subramani, S., & Mahoney, M. (2012). Final report: Summary of the College of Education’s diversity efforts from 2007-12. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon.

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., & Subramani, S. (2007). Strategic diversity action plan for the College of Education. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon.

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.