Denise Spangler, dean of the University of Georgia College of Education, was one of 10 graduates who received the 2019 Alumni of Distinction Award from the Graduate School for achieving exceptional success in their professional careers and in service to their community.
The Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award was established in 2012 by UGA’s Graduate Education Advancement Board; the first recipients were named in 2013. Recipients have accomplished meritorious achievement and success in their professional field, exemplify themselves as a mentor and a role model in their profession, and have made substantive contributions to their professional field at the regional and national levels as evidenced by honors earned in the profession.
The professional achievements and contributions to society made by these graduate alumni exemplify UGA's mission, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.”
Supported by $4.5 million in external funding, Spangler is also the Bebe Aderhold Professor in Elementary Education. She seeks to understand how novice teachers put into practice what they have learned from their teacher education programs, their experiences in schools and their own experiences as students.
She has authored approximately 100 journal articles, book chapters or books. Additionally, she has chaired editorial panels for prestigious journals in mathematics education and served on the board of directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.