Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe
Founding Dean, School of Education
2013-2014 Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker ’42 Endowed Chair
Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Ph.D. is a Professor in Education and the Founding Dean of the School. Her teaching, scholarship, and service are rooted in a strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, and social justice. Her work started in Argentina, her country of origin, as she was involved with the first examples of inclusive practices for students with disabilities.
Dr. Slesaransky-Poe came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and completed her Ph.D. in Special Education at Temple University in 1995. As a Teacher Educator in the recent years, Dr. Slesaransky-Poe moved beyond inclusive education for students with disabilities to creating safe and welcoming schools for all students, families, and educators, especially for those who are gender and sexually diverse.
She is an educational consultant with various local and national school districts, state and US Departments of Education, and an active Board Member in several organizations, including Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Dr. Slesaransky-Poe’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of several awards including:
- 2013-2014 Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker '42 Endowed Chair, given to a faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching, professional achievements, and service to the University, and who has shown considerable leadership ability;
- 2013 Arcadia University the Cultural Ally Award, given in recognition of “her dedication and support of the diverse representations of Arcadia students, who have selected her as one faculty member “whom they believe validates their experience and with whom students feel they can be themselves around.” This award also celebrates Graciela’s “continuous efforts of helping to create a diverse and inclusive campus community for all.”
- 2011 Patricia J. Creegan Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education, given by the Pennsylvania’s Education for All Coalition as “a tribute to her outstanding commitment and performance in inclusive education;”
- And two awards given in 2008 by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly the American Association on Mental Retardation), for her dissertation study on the communication and quality of life of adults with disabilities.
Dean Slesaransky-Poe’s latest publications include:
- Slesaransky-Poe, G., & García, A. M. (2013). Marginalized differences are socially constructed. In D. Lawrence-Brown and M. Sapon-Shevin, eds. Condition critical: Key principles for equitable and inclusive education. Teachers College Press.
- Slesaransky-Poe, G. (September, 2013). Oportunidades y Desafíos en la Creación de Escuelas que Valoran la Diversidad del Género y la Sexualidad en los Estados Unidos. IIIo Jornadas del Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones en Género (CINIG) de Estudios de Género y Feminismos, Universidad Nacional de La Plata. (Opportunities and Challenges in Creating Schools that Value Gender and Sexual Diversity in the United States. National University of La Plata, Argentina.
- Slesaransky-Poe, G. (February, 2013). Adults set the tone for welcoming all students. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(5), 40-44.
- Slesaransky-Poe, G., Ruzzi, L., DiMedio, C., & Stanley, J. L. (2103). “Is this the right school for my child?” LGBT Youth Journal, 10(1-2), 29-44.
- Slesaransky-Poe, G. (2012, October 2). Embracing the whole child: From gender binary to gender continuum [web log post]. Available www.niusileadscape.org/bl/?p=1104
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