Mastropieri Honored with Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Posted: January 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm, Last Updated: January 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

By Jennifer Edgerly

Margo Mastropieri. Creative Services photo

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Resources announced that University Professor Margo Mastropieri will receive the 2010 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities.

Mastropieri will be recognized for her excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service at a Feb. 18 ceremony in Richmond.

A professor of education in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development since 1998, Mastropieri is interested in how students with disabilities learn in school, and much of her research has focused on cognitive strategies designed to promote learning and retaining school-related information.

She has also studied what happens during inclusive instruction involving students with disabilities and suggested instructional strategies to facilitate inclusive efforts.

“I am humbled and honored to have received an Outstanding Faculty Award from SCHEV,” says Mastropieri.

“I could not have achieved this award had it not been for the supportive environment here at Mason and the support of many colleagues and students with whom I have had the privilege of working throughout my career. I am especially indebted to my colleague and partner, Tom Scruggs. My scholarship truly represents a collaborative record of which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and I owe tremendous thanks to all of those individuals with whom I have been able to work.”

She has collaborated with her students as co-author on more than 75 of her 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, 23 of her 48 book chapters, and 70 presentations at local, state and national professional meetings. Mastropieri has produced 28 co-written and co-edited books and received more than $5 million in external funding to support her teaching and discovery activities.

Mastropieri has received national honors for her research and service, including the 2006 Service Award from the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children.

One of Mastropieri’s articles written with Tom Scruggs received the Samuel Kirk Award for an outstanding article published in April 2003 in Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, a journal of the Division for Learning Disabilities. In 2006, Mastropieri and Scruggs were awarded the special education field’s most prestigious research award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

George Mason University has also recognized Mastropieri for her work. In 2007, she was awarded the distinguished University Professor title, and in 2008 she received a university Teaching Excellence Award.

One of 12 educators from around the state to be honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award, Mastropieri will receive an engraved award and a $5,000 check underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.

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