Dr. Leitch earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Continuing and Vocational Education with a minor in International Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Dr. Leitch joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2008 working as an associate professor and assistant interim director. Starting in 2010 he also became the assistant coordinator for the Master of Science in English Education China program. Prior to joining UW-Platteville he worked in residential programs for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, juvenile corrections, and international development projects.
His current research groups and projects include the Educational Policies for Children with Disabilities in China, Beijing Normal University; Self-Help Refugee Integration Programs for Families from Myanmar, Central Iowa; and an international comparative study of self-help refugees group for a book project.
In 2016 he was awarded the Advising Excellence Award for International Students, International Student and Scholar Services from UW-Platteville.
Geopolitics and Integration Strategies in Germany: Self-Help Organizations as Pillars for Refugee Integration. In S. Rodriquez (Ed.), 2017
Increasing Social Inclusion for the Children of Migrant Workers in Shanghai, China: A Four-Year Longitudinal Study of a Non-Governmental, Volunteer-Led, After-School Program. Frontiers of Education in China. 11, 2, 217-249, 2016
Left-Behind Children in Ethnic Minority Regions of China: Excerpts from Students’ Diaries and Letters,Joetsu Association for the Study of Education Administration. May
Selected Fellowships and Research Grants:
DAAD Fellowship, Inclusive Education, HDA, Darmstadt, Germany, 2016
Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, University of Wisconsin-System, 2014-2015
Visiting Scholar, Department of Special Education, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, June 2014
Fulbright Scholar, Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in Ukraine: Transforming Schools and Communities, Lviv, Ukraine, 2010-2012.