Maria deLourdes Serpa has been awarded the 1997 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement. The award recognizes early-career faculty who practice exemplary engaged scholarship through teaching and research. Recipients are selected on the basis of their collaboration with communities, institutional impact, and high-quality academic work.
Maria deLourdes Serpa, Director of the Special Needs Program, School of Education, Lesley University, MA. An experienced classroom teacher in both general and bilingual special education, Dr. Serpa has worked in education at the local, state, national, and international levels on literacy and language issues for underserved immigrant school populations and their families. She has been recognized for her service by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education and, most recently, received the Commander of Public Instruction Award from the President of Portugal.