The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the establishment of the
Special Education Assistive Technology (SEAT) Center on August 21, 2001.
The SEAT Center, housed in Fairchild Hall on the Illinois State University (ISU)
campus, is composed of a community of individuals, including faculty, staff,
school administrators and teachers, professionals from public and private
organizations, business personnel, family members, and consumers with
The SEAT Center staff is composed of Dr. Phil Parette, Director, who is also
Professor and Kara Peters Endowed Chair in the Department of Special
Education; Brian Wojcik, Coordinator; and two graduate assistants. The
operations of the Center are realized through a ‘community’ of individuals,
including SEAT Faculty Associates across departments (Drs. George Peterson-
Karlan, Emily Watts, Julia Stoner, Stacy Jones Bock, and Ann Beck); ISU
administrative personnel; ISU Foundation staff; faculty across disciplines;
administrators, teachers, and related service personnel in public school systems;
family members and their children with disabilities; members of public and
private organizations; and representatives of the business sector. An Advisory
Board, representing a wide array of constituencies, provides guidance and
direction regarding SEAT activities. Read More of 2004 Annual Report