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2017 ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year


Edward J. Lazaros 
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Edward J. Lazaros is a professor in the Department of Technology at Ball State University, where he serves as program director and advisor for the Master of Arts in CTE and the advisor for the Director of CTE licensure pattern. In these roles, he has grown the Master of Arts in CTE into the third largest program out of seven in the department. His program was ranked in 2014 as the nation’s 11th “Best Buy” among U.S. online Masters in Education degrees for its high quality and affordability and #1 in CTE by GetEducated.com, a consumer advocacy group. 

In 2011, Lazaros was tapped to coordinate a project through the Indiana Department of Education to provide teacher training for Indiana’s Workplace Specialist-licensed teachers. His involvement over the last five years has brought consistency, stability and high standards to that program, which has guided 516 Workplace Specialist I teachers throughout Indiana to earn their teaching licenses. 

Scholarship is an area where Lazaros has been prolific: he has 80 published refereed articles in widely circulated professional journals read by CTE teachers; 79 refereed presentations at state, national, and international professional organization conferences; and 14 funded external grants totaling over $560,000.  He helped develop the CTE Journal, a refereed publication that is a source of pride for Indiana ACTE that has become a valuable resource for the CTE community. Lazaros has worked closely with the leaders at Indiana ACTE to strengthen postsecondary participation in the organization and their annual conference programming. “Dr. Lazaros brings the scholarly, research- and evidence-based perspective to that team,” says Peggy Wild, State Director of CTE for Indiana. “[He] is clearly a value added element to Indiana CTE.” 

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