Professor Lori Korinek has been selected for the 2014 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence. The award recognizes 20 faculty members for exemplary achievements in teaching, research and service. All recipients receive $10,000, which can be used during the course of two years for research, summer salaries or other stipends associated with scholarly endeavors. Faculty members have used the award to enhance their research and teaching and to support travel to academic conferences.
Professor Korinek has been a lifelong special educator and advocate for students with disabilities who has championed inclusive programs and practices in both K–12 and higher education settings. She has made a dramatic impact in nearly 30 years of work on behalf of special needs students. For almost 20 years, she has served as principal or co-principal investigator (PI) for the Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at William & Mary. Through this state-funded center, Korinek and her staff have helped thousands of educators better serve students with disabilities and other needs. Entrepreneurial, creative and always open to new ideas, Korinek has won several awards for her teaching, which she expertly integrates with her highly regarded research. She specializes in courses on academic and behavioral methods and is comfortable teaching undergraduates and graduate students alike. She has attracted an impressive sum of external funding — more than $20 million since 2000 on projects for which she is PI or co-PI. She also co-founded the Annual Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education, hosted by T/TAC and the School of Education, nearly 25 years ago. In addition to a master’s in elementary education from William & Mary, Korinek holds a doctorate in special education from the University of Florida.