Chitiyo, Jonathan

Chitiyo, Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Division of Management and Education

Contact Information:

149 Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Special Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2011
B.A. Environmental Studies, Africa University, Zimbabwe

Academic Focus:

Dr. Chitiyo completed his doctoral studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His teaching experience started in Zimbabwe and Malawi, where he served as a substitute high school teacher before moving to the USA to pursue graduate studies. As a graduate student, he has taught and co-taught a number of special education and general education courses.  

His research interests include the implementation of school based practices (i.e., school-wide positive behavior support) special education program planning and development, and the development of special education in developing countries.

He has presented and co-presented some of his research at regional, national, and international professional conferences

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:

Chitiyo, J., May M. E., Mathende, A., & Dzenga, C. G. (2018). The relationship between school personnel's confidence level with the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model and its sustainability. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs  

Chitiyo, M., Park, M., Chitiyo, G., Hur, C., Makoni, R., Dzenga, C. G. & Chitiyo, J. (2018). Antecedent factors of pre-service teachers' attitudes towards children with disabilities in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 30(2) 233-248

Chitiyo, J. & Brinda, W. (2018) Teacher preparedness in co-teaching. Support for Learning 33(1) 38-51 

Chitiyo. J. & May, M. E. (2018) Factors that may hinder the implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals 13(1) 35-47

Chitiyo, J., & May, M. E. (2017) Factors predicting the sustainability of the school-wide

positive behavior support model. Preventing School Failure, 1-11

Chitiyo, J. (2017) Challenges to the successful use of co-teaching practices by

school personnel. International Journal of Whole Schooling 13(3) 55-66

May, M. E., Chitiyo, J. Goodin, T., Mausey, A., Swan-Gravat, C. (2017). Pre-service special education teacher perceptions and competencies in secondary transition. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-10

Chitiyo, J. (2016) Implementation of basic school-wide positive behavior intervention

supports by school personnel. Journal of Man- Disability-Society 62(18)

Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, A., & Chitiyo, M. (2016). The psychosocial support model for orphaned children. Childhood Education. 92(6) 465-469

Chitiyo, J. (2014). The wraparound process for youth with severe emotional behavioral

disorders. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 14(2), 105-109.

Ancel, K., Bruns, D., & Chitiyo, J. (2015). The Importance of Father Involvement in Early Childhood Programs and Early Intervention Services. Young Exceptional Children.

Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo, J., Oyedele, V., Makoni, R., Fonnah, D., & Chipangure, L.  (2014). Understanding the causes and management of problem behavior in Zimbabwean schools: teacher perceptions. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(11), 1091-1106.

Chitiyo, M., Makweche‐Chitiyo, P., Park, M., Ametepee, L. K., & Chitiyo, J. (2011).

Examining the effect of positive behavior support on academic achievement of students with disabilities. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 11(3), 171-177.

Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo, M, Rumano, M.B., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. (2010). Zimbabwe education system: emerging challenges and the implications for policy and research, Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy, 3(3), 35-43

Book Chapters

Chitiyo, J. Overcoming current challenges and preparing students for the 21st century.  Referenced in Chitiyo, M., Charema, J., Rumano, M. & Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, G. (2014). Educating Zimbabwe for the 21st Century: What every educator should know. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc. 

Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo J., & Charema, J. Special education in Zimbabwe. Referenced in Wehmeyer, M. L., & Patton, R. J., (2016). Handbook of International Special Education. Praeger


Chitiyo, J. & Brinda W. & Dombek. D. (2017) Teacher preparedness in co-teaching practices. Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg PA

Chitiyo, J. & May, M. E. (2017). Predictors of the sustained implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Council for Exceptional Children. Boston MA

Chitiyo, J & May, M. E. (2017). Barriers to the use of school-wide positive behavior

intervention support model. Association of Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Denver, CO

Chitiyo, J. & May, M. E. (2017). School personnel's' confidence level with using the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Denver, CO

Chitiyo, J. & May. M. E.  (April, 2016). Implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support basic strategies by school personnel. Southern Illinois University Carbondale. IL 

Chitiyo, J., & Ancel, K., & May, M. E. (2014, March). The systems of care model for youth with severe emotional disorders. National Alliance on Mental Illness, Edwardsville, IL 

Ancell, K., Chitiyo, J., & Bruns, D. (2014, October). The importance of father involvement in early intervention. Poster session at the International Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, St Louis, MO. 

Ancel, K., & Chitiyo, J. (2014, November). The importance of father involvement in Early Intervention and Early childhood special education programs. Illinois Council For  Exceptional Children, Naperville IL 

Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo, G., & May, M. E. (2012, April). An assessment of the evidence-base for school-wide positive behavior support. Presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.  

Chitiyo, M., Ametepee, L.K., Chitiyo, J. & Adera, B.A. (2010, January). An insight into Autism in Africa. Paper presented at the 2010 Autism Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. January 22nd - 24th. Chicago, Illinois. 

Chitiyo, M., Rumano, M.B., Chitiyo, G., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. (2010, May). Zimbabwe education system: emerging challenges and the implications for policy and research. Paper presented at the Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference. May 27-29, 2010, in Nashville, TN - USA   

Chitiyo, M., Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M.R., Carter, S.L., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J.  Factors influencing the functional utility of positive behavior supports in schools. Paper presented at the CEC 2011 Convention and Expo. April 25-28 in National Harbor, Md 

Chitiyo. J. (January, 2010). A strategy for developing nutrition literacy among k-12 students.  Science in the South workshop. Carbondale, IL