Faculty & Staff

Robert McCulley, MEd, Orientation and Mobility, Boston College

Director, Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education, Institute for Community Inclusion


Areas of Expertise

Vision Studies and Visual Impairments; Vision Specialist Training; Distance Education; Fundraising and Community Engagement; Program Development and Administration


BS, Psychology / Secondary Science Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MEd, Orientation and Mobility, Boston College

Additional Information

Robert McCulley has over 30 years of experience in the field of visual impairments. He is the founding director of the Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE), which he helped expand from a single federally funded grant into a multi-state collaborative.

NERCVE now offers three nationally recognized and professionally accredited graduate degree programs in Vision Studies, housed within the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD). The three programs are Orientation and Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, and state-licensed Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.

Through his work with NERCVE, McCulley has raised over $9 million in grants and contracts, including a current leadership contract with the Boston Public Schools. The purpose of the contract is to prepare vision specialists to excel across diverse urban educational environments. NERCVE provides expanded faculty and staff resources and scholarship support to over 100 graduate students annually.

With the development of SGISD, NERCVE has begun to expand its service role well beyond New England. NERCVE is currently the recipient of a four-year sub-contract with the University of Guam to address a critical shortage of qualified vision specialists across the Pacific Basin. Under McCulley’s direction, NERCVE has also created partnerships with two universities in Taiwan, and with Perkins International.

Learn more about Bob McCulley's international vision studies work.