Jeff McNair, Ph.D.

Professor of Education
Director, MA Disability Studies
Director, Education Specialist, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Office Phone: (951) 343-4489
E-mail: jmcnair@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room B234
Office Hours: Monday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m, and OPS online

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Special Education University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana 1989
M.A. Special Education California State University at Los Angeles 1982
B.A. Christian Education Wheaton 1978
  • Courses Taught

    EDU 341 Exceptional Child
    SPE 568 Instruction of students with severe disabilities
    SPE 569 Instruction of students with severe disabilities: Community integration
    DSS 503 Introduction to disability studies
    DSS 543 Social Role Valorization and human supports
    DSS 520 Current Christian perspectives on disability

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Community integration of adults with disability
    Models of disability
    Church's role in supporting people with disabilities/disability ministry
    Biblical perspectives on disability

  • Teaching Experience

    California State University at San Bernardino: 15 years

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Baca, J. & McNair, J. (2013). Almost friends. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability 2(1).
    McNair, J. (2010). Inclusive religious education: Making it happen. Journal of Religion, Disability and Health.
    McNair, J. (2010). Inclusive religious education. Journal of Religion Disability and Health.
    McNair, J. (2008). The indispensable nature of persons with intellectual disabilities to the church. Journal of Religion Disability & Health, 12(4), 321-329.
    McNair, J. (2007). Christian social constructions of disability: Church attenders. Journal of Religion Disability & Health, 11(3) 51-64.
    McNair, J. (2004). The limits of our practices. Journal of Religion Disability & Health, 8(3/4), 63-69.
    McNair, J. (2000). The local church as a network supporting adults with disabilities in the community: One perspective. Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, 4(1),33-56.
    McNair, J. & Carter, E. (eds.), (2010). Inclusive religious education Part 2. Journal of Religion Disability & Health.
    McNair, J. & Carter, E. (eds.), (2010). Inclusive religious education Part 1. Journal of Religion Disability & Health.
    McNair, J. & Sanchez, M. (2007). Christian social constructions of disability: Church leaders. Journal of Religion Disability & Health, 11(4), 35-50.
    McNair, J. & Schindler, A. (2011). A secular case for religious inclusion of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.. In D.Schumm & M. Stoltfus, (eds.) Disability and Religious Diversity. University of Illinois, Chicago.
    McNair, J. & Smith, H. (2000). Church attendance of adults with mental retardation. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 35(2) 222-225.
    McNair, J. & Soper, T. (2012). Christian social constructions of disability: Adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 1(1).
    Tumeinski, M. & McNair, J. (2012). What would be better? Social role valorization and the development of ministry to persons affected by disability. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability 1(1).
    McNair, J. (2000). The local church as a network supporting adults with disabilities in the community: One perspective. Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 4(1),33-56.
    McNair, J. & Smith, H. (2000). Church attendance of adults with mental retardation. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 35(2) 222-225.

    Other Publications
    McNair, J. (2009). The Church and Disability: The weblog disabledChristianity. Createspace.com.
    McNair, J. (2009). The Orchard: A story about political engagement in modern times. Createspace.com.
    McNair, J. (1998). The Light Team. Genesis Communication.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands

  • Interests & Hobbies

    The Light and Power Company, a group that includes adults with developmental disabilities at my church

    Director of the Policy Center, Christian Institute on Disability, Joni and Friends Organization

  • Personal Philosophy

    For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,so that no man may boast before God.

    - 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, NASB