University Scholars for 2013 - 2014

Each year, four distinguished faculty members – two from the basic and applied sciences, and two from the social sciences and humanities – are named University Scholars in recognition of their sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. University Scholars are selected by a panel of faculty scholars, based upon nominations submitted by UVM faculty.

For a listing of all our prior scholars, please click here.

Our 2013 - 2014 University Scholars are:

It is nearly impossible to briefly summarize the many accomplishments of these distinguished colleagues, but below you'll find at least a little introduction to them. During the next academic year, each of these University Scholars will present a public seminar about their work. The Graduate College will announce these, and we hope you'll join us for those notable events.

Michael Giangreco

Professor, Department of Education, College of Education and Social Services

Michael Giangreco received a Bachelor of Science in Special and Elementary Education, magna cum laude, from Buffalo State College, and three graduate degrees in Special Education, MEd from the University of Vermont, Educational Specialist from the University of Virginia, and PhD from Syracuse University. He joined the UVM faculty in 1988, following more than ten years of teaching and administration in public school and health care settings. Giangreco was appointed to his current rank of Professor in 2002.

Professor Giangreco’s scholarship is focused on various aspects of including students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Through his work, which has been supported by nearly four million dollars in external funding, he has made a significant impact on the education of children with special needs across the globe. Professor Giangreco 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. He has also authored four books of cartoons about the “Absurdities and Realities of Special Education”. His cartoons are widely used by colleagues and advocates in conference presentations and classes and have been reprinted in dozens of publications in the US and other countries.

Along with his research and scholarship, Professor Giangreco is deeply committed to teaching and learning. He teaches courses in UVM's graduate program in special education, and often provides guest lectures in other classes. He is a frequently invited lecturer and teacher in the US and abroad. At UVM, some of his service has included being a member of the College of Education and Social Services Research Council and Faculty Evaluation Committee, the UVM Professional Standards Committee, and a member and Associate Chair of the Committee on Human Research in the Behavioral Sciences. At UVM's Center on Disability & Community Inclusion he serves as the research and evaluation coordinator and chairs the Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship committee. Particularly notable among his external contributions has been his membership on the editorial boards of 13 journals, and serving as a guest reviewer for many others.


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Betsy Hoza

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

  Betsy Hoza received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Princeton University, and PhD degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She was a Psychology Intern, Postdoctoral Fellow, and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh early in her career. Subsequently she joined the faculty at Purdue University, where she rose from Assistant Professor to Professor, and was named a University Faculty Scholar. Hoza joined the faculty of the University of Vermont as Professor of Psychology in 2005. 

Professor Hoza’s research utilizes a broad array of methodologies and focuses on understanding and treating the functional deficits of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is best known for her work in three areas: treatment of ADHD; peer functioning of children with ADHD, and self-concept in children with ADHD. The results of her research have been reported in numerous publications in important journals, as well as book chapters, review articles, and conference presentations, and she has been cited as a top producer of scholarly publications in clinical psychology. Professor Hoza’s work has been continuously supported from a variety of agencies, primarily the National Institute of Mental Health, with total grant support to date exceeding eleven million dollars.  

In addition to her scholarship at UVM, Professor Hoza regularly teaches graduate courses. She has trained a number of graduate students, all of whom have published their research, as well as provided lab experiences for many undergraduates, and she has served as a mentor to junior faculty. A true scientist-practitioner, she is also the Faculty Coordinator of the ADHD Specialty Service, an assessment and treatment facility for youth with ADHD, operating within the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at UVM.  

Included in Professor Hoza’s external service are editorial and editorial board positions with several journals, reviewing for a broad range of journals, NIMH grant review, data safety and monitoring board service, and meeting convenor for professional societies.

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Christopher Landry

Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher Landry received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond, and his PhD from Harvard, both in Chemistry. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor at UVM in 1996 he held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Landry was appointed full Professor in 2007. He has held a visiting faculty appointment in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award.

Professor Landry’s initial research was in the discovery and development of porous materials. For many years, he has been creating new methods for the catalytic decontamination of chemical weapons, pesticides, and other environmental contaminants using porous materials. More recently, he has extended these studies into biomedical research, working with colleagues at UVM to develop new nanomaterials for in vivo drug delivery. His research funding has included a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, as well as funding from the Department of Defense and Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, and companies. Landry’s work has resulted in numerous publications in leading professional journals and three US patents. He is frequently invited to speak at universities, laboratories, and professional meetings.

In terms of student teaching and training, Professor Landry teaches both small lecture and large lecture-laboratory courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has been nominated multiple times for the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. Strongly interested in interdisciplinary programs and research, he was central to the development of the cross-college undergraduate major in biochemistry, and also holds membership in the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Materials Science and Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences. Landry has been the research mentor to eight post-doctoral employees, thirteen doctoral students, and numerous undergraduates.

Landry’s many service contributions include, at UVM, co-chairing the University’s re-accreditation, President of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and Graduate College Executive Committee member; and externally, grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, NSF, and the Department of Defense, as well as manuscript review for a variety of journals.

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Curtis Ventriss

Professor, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources

Curtis Ventriss received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University; and MPA and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Prior to his UVM appointment as Associate Professor and Director of the MPA program in 1986 he held a faculty appointment at University of Southern California, and as a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Ventriss has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins University, and maintains a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins.

Professor Ventriss has researched and published extensively in the areas of economic development, public policy, policy and administrative ethics, public management, and citizen engagement in the policy process. He has published two books and over 100 book chapters, academic journal articles, and research papers, which have resulted in a number of awards. For example, one of his articles received the Brownell Award as the best research review essay in public affairs by the journal Public Administration Review; and two of his articles, selected as classics in public affairs (civic engagement) were published in a Classics Volume sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration. Ventriss was also selected as one of five “distinguished scholars” at the Minnowbrook III Conference sponsored every twenty years by The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Ventriss has an extensive record of teaching and service at UVM. He teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level, serves as an advisor to master and doctoral students, and was recognized with a UVM Class Council Certificate “For Having Such an Extraordinary Impact on the Lives of UVM Students”. In addition to his appointment in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources he previously served on the faculty in Political Science and Public Administration. Outside of UVM he has been invited as a keynote speaker at a number of national and international policy conferences; held editorial and editorial board positions with a variety of journals in public affairs, including Associate Editor of the leading journal in the field; and he has served as Vice-Chair of the Economy and Efficiency Commission, Los Angeles County, and Vice President of the Vermont World Trade Office.

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