Dr. George Salembier is Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont (UVM), where he most recently served as Chairperson of the Department of Education. He holds a Masters in Special Education and a Doctorate in Special Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. His scholarship and teaching focus on special education and inclusion, cognition and learning, adolescent literacy, curriculum and assessment, the social construction of disability, and multi-cultural education.
Dr. Salembier is the recipient of the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Teaching and was a finalist several times for the University of Vermont’s Kroepsh-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author, contributor, and editor of a number of journal articles and books. Dr. Salembier’s national service includes serving as Faculty Fellow at the National Institute on Leadership, Disability, and Students Placed at-Risk, as well as, membership in the Higher Education Consortium of Special Education, Washington, D.C.
Since retiring from the University of Vermont in 2018, he has been a strategist on the “Inclusive School Project in Ghana,” the goal of which is to build the nation’s first school for children with disabilities. He is also co-principal investigator and co-author of grant submissions for the project. Dr. Salembier taught Multi-cultural, Gender & Development during his tenure at UVM that culminated in a student trip to Nepal. As Professor Emeritus, he led the student trip to Nepal, where he created experiential learning and field opportunities for students in hospitals, community NGOs, government and private schools, and sustainable rural farms in the mountains outside of Kathmandu.
The spring 2023 voyage will be Dr. Salembier’s first with Semester at Sea. He is very excited to join the group to learn from others and share his areas of expertise. Dr. Salembier lives on the shore of beautiful Lake Champlain in Vermont with his wife, Christine. He is still trying to figure out what retirement looks like, but so far it includes board membership for a literacy organization, mentoring a young boy at the local elementary school, running and cycling, gardening, keeping up with grandchildren and friends, and continuing to teach and to travel internationally.