Susan Asselin, professor of special education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1982, Asselin has made significant national, state, and local contributions in the field of special education, including diversity, assistive technology, transition from high school to college, and preparing students and families for post-secondary education.
Her research has received funding from 45 external and internal grant programs. Asselin has given 77 local, state, and national conference presentations, and 70 invited presentations. She has written 29 journal articles, eight book chapters, 16 technical reports, and 10 manuals and directories, and she has served on eight state and national editorial boards.
Asselin has received eight awards for her research, teaching, and service, including Virginia Tech's Sally Bohland Excellence Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion in 2013.
At Virginia Tech, she has developed, revised, updated, and taught 11 graduate level courses across the special education curriculum. She has served as the research advisor on dozens of doctoral committees and continues to serve on two dissertation committees since retirement.
Asselin received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
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