Through the CEEDAR Center, which specializes in improving the preparation of teachers and school leaders to serve students with disabilities, he has been influential in policy analysis, developing demographic state profiles and project evaluation.
Sindelar has supported funding generation of more than $46 million for the CEEDAR Center and has received multiple awards in recognition of his teaching, leadership and scholarship. Most notable is the esteemed title of UF Distinguished Professor, which he received in 2015, making him just one of eight College of Education faculty to earn the distinction.
“Dr. Sindelar has demonstrated distinction as a prolific scholar, successful grantsman, valued mentor to faculty and doctoral students and effective department chair,” said Erica McCray, director of SESPECS and co-director of the CEEDAR Center.
In honor of his exceptional record of excellence and invaluable mentorship to both faculty and students, his peers have unanimously voted to confer him with the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education.
“Paul is a giant in our field and college; he is considered one of the finest scholars leaders in the area of teacher education for special education nationally, and has been a leader of many “firsts” at the University of Florida,” said Mary Brownell, Distinguished Professor and director of the CEEDAR Center.
“He led a team that was awarded the first national center to study special education teacher preparation at the University of Florida and he played a significant role in helping us secure largest federally funded center, the CEEDAR Center, to improve the preparation of all teachers and school leaders for developing more inclusive schools for students with disabilities. This center has had a significant impact on teacher and school leader preparation practice in more than 20 states, and over 100 colleges of education in those states.
“Paul is also a highly valued colleague and leader in our school and college. As associate dean, he started the Office of Educational Research for the College of Education, which continues to provide strong support for submitting grant applications. As a former department chair, he developed a foundation for our program through faculty hires and visionary thinking that allowed us ultimately to emerge as one of the best graduate programs in the country.
Without a doubt, Paul is a great scholar, leader, mentor, and colleague; the impact he has had on our college and field is enormous, and we are delighted to see what retirement brings.”