University of Vermont

Michael Giangreco receives prestigious University Scholar award

Michael Giangreco and his CESS Colleagues

All in the CESS family join in extending hearty congratulations to Michael Francis Giangreco, CESS Professor of Education, who, on April 17th, received the prestigious University Scholar award at the Induction ceremony held in Memorial Lounge.  Michael, along with three others in the University, was honored at the ceremony, with a recitation of his many accomplishments as both scholar and teacher.  Joining the UVM faculty in 1988, Michael rose to full Professor in 2002.  The focus of his scholarship on inclusion of students with disabilities in classrooms has earned him an international reputation as one of the leaders in the field of education of children with special needs. 

Over the years Michael has secured nearly four million dollars in external funding to support the important work he is doing.  Also, he has contributed more than 170 scholarly publications to his field, including well over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as several books.  In addition, Michael has authored four books of cartoons about the “Absurdities and Realities of Special Education,” a labor of love Michael says, that often does more to break through the ‘mythologies’ and stereotypes surrounding children with special needs than do more conventional narrative forms.

Besides his CESS teaching duties, in both its undergraduate and graduate programs in special education, Michael is frequently invited to lecture and teach in the US and abroad.  Committed to teaching and learning, Michael joins a distinguished group of CESS scholars who have received the University Scholar award, including Marjorie Lipson, emeriti (2008-09), Robert Nash (2003-04), and Susan Brody Hasazi, emeriti (1996-97). 

Accepting the award, Michael thanked his colleagues and students, singling out Cynthia Gersti-Pepin and later the Dean, for all their support in making this award possible. 

In attendance was UVM President, Thomas Sullivan, who extended congratulations to each of the honored recipients.  Also attending the ceremony were a large number of Michael’s friends and colleagues, who joined him for photo ops after the ceremony and at the reception following the event. 

A rousing hurrah to Michael.