Pitzer College Alumna Deborah Deutsch Smith'68 Named 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Claremont, Calif. (April 28, 2011) — Pitzer College named Deborah Deutsch Smith PhD '68 the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Smith will be honored at a special reception during the College's Alumni Reunion Weekend on Saturday, June 11 at 6 pm in the Stein Atrium.
Deborah Deutsch Smith is professor of special education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University and director of IRIS-West, a national program providing interactive modules and critical training materials for the education of students with disabilities.
Smith is principal investigator of the Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment (SEFNA) and co-principal investigator of the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements, both funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Under Smith's leadership, SEFNA is examining how to ensure the supply of new highly qualified special education teachers in the United States.
She has authored 11 major textbooks and wrote the introduction to the bestselling special education textbook, Introduction to Special Education: Making a Difference, currently in its 7th edition and available in Spanish, Polish and Mandarin Chinese and is being translated into Hebrew. She has written over 31 chapters and book supplements, 50 refereed articles and many instructional materials for children.
Smith is the quintessential Pitzer alumna, a member of the inaugural class of the College and an active and dedicated member of the Board of Trustees. She has been a true pioneer in education and a stalwart supporter of Pitzer College, she represents the community-based spirit and ethos of the College.
Smith earned her teaching credential at California State University, Northridge; MEd at University of Missouri, Columbia and EdD at University of Washington, where she was awarded the 2009 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.