Dr. Simon Ishaya Guteng is currently associate professor of education and Center for Continuing Studies liaison for special projects. Dr. Guteng received his B.A. degree in psychology and M.A. degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University. He obtained his Ph.D. in special education and rehabilitation with a concentration in educational leadership from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Guteng has served as director of Programming and Evaluation for the Center of Continuing Studies and as director of G. "Bummy" Burstein Leadership Institute at Gallaudet University. Dr. Guteng has served on numerous committees, including Gallaudet University restructuring academic affairs, Gallaudet University restructuring academic affairs implementation, Gallaudet University mission work group, doctoral dissertations, and comprehensive examinations, scholarship awards, faculty and staff searches and interviews, and faculty governance committees, to mention a few.
He has served as co-director and director of Project Success for seven years while also serving as a faculty member in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University. Project Success is a collaborative teacher preparation program between the Fairfax County Public School system and the Gallaudet University Department of Education, funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Education for the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing with additional disabilities.
Dr. Guteng is the pioneer of a disability law in Plateau State of Nigeria, namely Plateau State Indigenes with Disabilities Rights Commission Law 2005. Dr. Guteng is also the vice president and a board member of International Institute for Training, Research, and Economic Development based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is actively involved in disability advocacy and has served in the capacity of special assistant to the executive governor of Plateau State of Nigeria on disability and policy matters. Dr. Guteng has traveled extensively and presented at conferences.