Deborah Deutsch Smith receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Pitzer College
Smith, professor in the School of Educational Studies and director of IRIS-West, has received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from Pitzer College.
The award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Pitzer graduate, recognizes an alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to the college through his or her outstanding achievements. In granting Smith the award, Pitzer called her “a true pioneer for people with disabilities” who is known for her “vivacious spirit and fun loving personality.”
“I am honored to have my work and my contributions to Pitzer College recognized with such an amazing award,” Smith said. “I am even more flattered because the nomination came from Pitzer faculty members.”
At CGU, she serves as a professor of special education and the director of IRIS-West. She is the co-principal investigator of The IRIS Center, a federally funded national center that in collaboration with Vanderbilt University provides on-line interactive modules and other training materials for the education of students with disabilities. She is also the principal investigator of the Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment (SEFNA) project, which is identifying that an impending, critical shortage of college and university faculty in special education will affect the nation’s ability to produce a sufficient supply of teachers and researchers.
She was honored at a special reception during Pitzer's Alumni Reunion Weekend on Saturday, June 11.