A Message from the Dean
Dear Friends of GSEAP,
The holiday season is upon us and we have much to be grateful for. In GSEAP, we are grateful for two great new colleagues, Dr. Pierre Orelus and Dr. Emily Shamash. Pierre is the new chair of our Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department, and Emily is co-directing our Special Education Program with Dr. Alyson Martin. Pierre comes to us from New Mexico State University where he taught for nine years in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. He has received several awards, including the NMSU Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity Award, and has authored dozens of scholarly book chapters and 18 books. Pierre's most recent books include Social Justice for the Oppressed: Educators and Intellectuals Speak Out, and, Race, Language, and Power in Schools: A Critical Discourse Analysis. Fun facts about Pierre: He loves to play soccer and dance.
Emily was a full-time lecturer at Teachers College in the programs of Intellectual Disability and Autism for the past six years. She is a certified special educator who specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Her research interests include natural environment teaching for students with autism and related disabilities, families of children with disabilities, and special education teacher education. Fun fact about Emily: She is a performer and has recorded Jewish music with her husband Brian, who is a religious singer and Hazzan at Congregation Beth El in Fairfield.
We are grateful and we are also proud of our faculty and students who continue to excel in their professional and local communities. We include in this newsletter a few of their highlights and accomplishments. Congratulations to all!
On behalf of our faculty, staff, students, and Advisory Board, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and blessed new year.
Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions