Bill Bauer

McCoy Professor
Ph.D.-Rehabilitation Counseling, The Ohio State University (2003); MS-Counseling, The Ohio State University (2002); MS-Educational Administration, Ohio University (1987); BA-Education, Ohio University (1984)
Year Appointed
Fall 2018
  • Diverse Learners
  • Diverse Field Experience
  • Sign Language
  • Instructional Methods
  • Culture & Language in Class
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Transition Planning
Spring 2019
  • Diverse Learners
  • Class Management
  • Child Psychology Disorders
  • Culture & Language in Class
  • Mental Health Issues


Dr. Bauer was born and raised in Marietta, Ohio. He has been a school teacher, principal and interim superintendent. He has an undergraduate degree from Ohio University in Special Education focusing on several cognate areas and certifications/licensures (emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities (mild to severe), learning disabilities, autism and physical/orthopedic and other health impairments. He attended graduate school at Ohio University to earn a graduate degree in School Administration (focus on Supervision). 

Bauer, became interested in the psycho-social aspect of disability (mental health included) that he also earned another graduate degree in Counseling (masters) and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Services from The Ohio State University. His dissertation focused on high school transition aged youth and leadership. He is also a nationally certified Rehabilitation Counselor as well as a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia and is a part-time counselor at a private practice, serving youth adolescents and adults with mental health issues as well as dually-diagnosed individuals (ID/Mental Illness). A long-time advocate for disability rights, he has served on the Disability Rights of Ohio board (founding member), Chair of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (now Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities), and is currently chair of the Ohio State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and the State Council for Exceptional Children — Teacher Education Division. HE was awarded the OCALI national advocate of the year at the 2018 conference. He also was awarded the Bonano Disability advocate of the year from the Opportunities of Ohioian's with Disabilities. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National People First organization. Author of several articles and is often invited to Keynote around the nation.

Bauer is also the founder of The Bauer Fund, in honor of his son Grant who died of suicide in 2014. The fund was established,after his passing, to promote awareness of mental health issues including suicide prevention and awareness as well as  the importance of promoting program development for people with intellectual disabilities. Bauer travels the country teaching teaching the course Mental Health First Aid as a certified instructor, The Mental Health First Aid certification, is an eight-hour course that is good for three years and offered by the National Behavioral Health Council. Dr. Bauer has trained hundreds of participants and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. 

When Bauer is not working, he enjoys traveling the globe and coaching swimming (he coached competitive swimming for 30-plus years and is currently a volunteer assistant with The Ohio State University Buckeyes men’s team. He enjoys walking, reading, research, and hanging with friends and family. He has authored journal articles about Appalchian Culture and counselor competencies and has a book (where he serves as a contributor). The book focuses on Disability Pride and the cycle it takes for one to become more accepting of their own disability. He speaks around the world on disability and culture issues.