Wischnowski Honored as Distinguished Alumnus by College of Education at Illinois

April 11, 2017

Dr. Michael Wischnowski, dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College, was recently honored by the College of Education at the University of Illinois during the Distinguished Alumni & Young Alumni Achievement Awards, held on March 31, in Champaign, Illinois.

Mike Wischnowski

Wischnowski graduated with a doctorate in special education from the College of Education in 1996. He was one of six alumni honored during the program, which recognized education alumni for their outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on, or bring honor to, the College.

“The Illinois faculty provided me with multiple teaching, research, and leadership opportunities as a doctoral student,” said Wischnowski. “I was well-prepared for an academic career through the great models I had there.”

As dean and professor in the School of Education at Fisher, Wischnowski has focused much of his scholarly work on systems-level policy and administration within the early childhood special education and early intervention fields. He has presented at state, national, and international conferences.  

In addition to serving as a mentor to many students and colleagues, Wischnowski has served as associate editor of Young Exceptional Children, a practitioner-focused, peer-reviewed journal published by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

“Michael is known as a leader in his field,” said Lisa Denson-Rives, the College of Education’s associate director of alumni relations and stewardship. “It is our honor to recognize him and the rest of our College’s graduates, whom we feel are some of the best and brightest serving in higher education around the globe.”

In addition to attending the awards ceremony, Wischnowski was invited to attend the College of Education’s Graduate Student Conference, and serve on several panels that focused on global teacher and leadership development.