Academic Ceremonies - Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipient
Susan Brody Hasazi
Doctor of Letters
Professor Susan Hasazi is an internationally known scholar in the field of special education and a trailblazing advocate for students with disabilities and their families. A faculty member in the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services since 1976, she is the Stafford Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Special Education and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, which she developed. Hasazi’s career in academia has been distinguished by significant contributions to research, public policy and the education of current and future leaders impacting the lives of children with intellectual disabilities.
Hasazi earned her M.Ed. at the University of Vermont in 1972 and her Ed.D. from Boston University in 1978. In 1982 she served as a Kennedy Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Her long list of influential published papers includes key articles, written in the 1980s and 1990s that are considered signature research pieces in her field and are still referenced today, in particular her work on post-school outcomes of youth with disabilities and practices and policies associated with the transition from school to adult life. Hasazi was also instrumental in the movement to integrate special education students into mainstream classrooms.
She has been named University Scholar and is the recipient of awards that include the prestigious Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation International Award for her lifelong contributions as a scholar and educator in the field of special education.
Hasazi is presently co-principal investigator of a federally funded grant to train parents as collaborative leaders to better advocate for their children within their own school systems. She is also an evaluator for the federally funded National Parent Center network.
Colleagues of Hasazi praise her adept skills at influencing public policy, bringing her research to bear on real-life issues, and her relentless efforts to change the climate within schools, particularly in Vermont, helping principals and other leaders to see special education issues as she does – an integral piece of any broad vision of educational practices and outcomes. As a mentor to countless academics and education students, she has extended her reach further still, with many now serving in leadership positions across the state.
In recent years Hasazi has expanded her interests, working closely with the Vermont Agency of Human Services on evaluations related to women who are incarcerated and those with mental health issues. Ultimately, Hasazi views the body and scope of her work within the broader rubric of all social justice concerns.
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