Dr. Polloway named national fellow

ed pollowayDr. Ed Polloway is one of 15 scholars who have been identified to receive the national designation of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAAIDD).

This distinction is a high honor and is presented after review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the association. Individuals may be nominated for Fellow after they have had at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD, participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability.

The formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD’s 137th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from June 3–6, 2013.

Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Check the complete list of 2013 fellows.

Dr. Polloway, LC’s dean of graduate studies and vice president for community advancement, is also the first Rosel Schewel Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Polloway has devoted his career to teaching the teachers of students with intellectual and learning disabilities. A nationally recognized expert and a highly regarded scholar in the field of special education, he has also pioneered special educational teacher preparation internationally.

He is author of 100 articles in professional journals and 30 books, the most recent a tenth edition of a special education textbook that is used throughout the United States.

A tireless advocate for those with special needs, Dr. Polloway is the recipient of numerous awards and was “toasted” last fall by the Arc of Central Virginia for his contributions to special education. He has served two terms as president of the Division on Development Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children and has held leadership positions in numerous other organizations that advocate for people with disabilities.