Melvyn I. Semmel

Melvyn I. Semmel

Professor Emeritus. Ed.D., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Professor Emeritus. Ed.D., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Melvyn Semmel is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education and the former Director of the Special Education Research Laboratory (SERL) at UCSB, where he worked from 1978 to 1994.

Prior to his UC appointment, Semmel directed the Center for Innovation in Teaching the Handicapped (CITH) as Professor at Indiana University. He was also a senior faculty of the Joint Education and Psychology Program, and Research Scientist, Center for Research on Language at the University of Michigan. He subsequently served as invited Visiting Professor of Educational Psychology, at UC, Berkeley; UC, Riverside; and UCLA. Semmel trained teachers at SUNY, Buffalo following an appointment as demonstration teacher at Hunter College, New York. He began his career as a teacher in Harlem and the Southeast Bronx, New York after working with street gangs as a group social worker.

Semmel is a Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). He is recipient of the TED/Merrill Excellence Award "In recognition of a career of excellence in graduate training"; and received the First National CEC Research Award ("In recognition of a career of continuous contributions to research and research training in Special Education"). He is the recipient of the Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2008 he was conferred the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor Award by the UC Trustees.