Antonis Katsiyannis

In April, Antonis Katsiyannis will receive recognition from a council that has been his “professional home” for over 25 years.
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Antonis Katsiyannis, alumni distinguished professor in the Clemson University College of Education, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Leadership Award by the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Katsiyannis will receive the award during the council’s general business meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in April.

The award honors outstanding leadership in the field of behavioral disorders and significant contributions and impact in the field. According to a representative from the council, Katsiyannis is being recognized for wide-ranging and exemplary service in the field of special education.

“The work that the council has continued over the course of more than half a century has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of generations of young people,” Katsiyannis said. “I am honored to have been selected for this recognition. The council has been my professional home for over 25 years and I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to interact, be mentored by, and collaborate with its amazing leaders.”

The council is dedicated to supporting the professional development and enhancing the expertise of those who work on behalf of children with challenging behavior and their families. It is committed to students who are identified as having emotional and behavioral disorders and those whose behavior puts them at risk for failure in school, home and/or the community.

The council supports prevention of problem behavior and enhancement of social, emotional, and educational well-being of all children and youth. It provides professional development opportunities that improve policy and practice for children, advocates on behalf of individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders, and extends critical professional support to faculty committed to its mission.

“I am incredibly humbled by this award,” Katsiyannis said. “This is a true honor considering the council’s life-changing work, its reputation and the scope of what it has done for children with behavioral disorders.”

Katsiyannis has been a member of the Clemson faculty since 1998, teaching courses in special education assessment, applied behavior analysis and legal and policy issues. The author of 180 articles on special education, delinquency and emotional/behavioral disorders, he has been published in Behavioral Disorders, Exceptional Children, Remedial and Special Education, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Special Education and Fordham Urban Law Review.

Katsiyannis received his doctorate in educational administration/special education from the College of William and Mary in 1989. Before joining the Clemson faculty, he was employed by the Virginia Department of Education and taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.