Gregory F. Aloia, Ph.D., previously worked as the Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Special Education at Florida Atlantic University since June 2001. His prior educational administrative experience consisted of being the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and Chair of the Department of Special Education at the State University College in Geneseo, New York. He has also been a college football coach and served as the head wrestling coach at the University of California at Riverside.
Dr. Aloia has a B.A. degree in History from St. Mary's College in California and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of California at Riverside. He has worked for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C., and has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona, Arkansas State University, and the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Throughout his career he has been honored for his teaching, research, and service as the Outstanding Faculty Member by Arkansas State University, the Educator of the Year by the Arizona Association of Retarded Citizens, and the Educator of the Year by the Student Education Association at Illinois State University. He has received awards for excellence in mentoring underrepresented students, and was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame.
He has been involved in international programs for more than 20 years. He has lectured in Brazil, Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong and was named Honorary Dean of the College of Education at Taegu University, South Korea. As graduate Dean, he oversaw graduate and exchange programs in Mexico, Thailand, Korea, and China. Currently, the College of Education at FAU has made a strong effort to increase its involvement in international education. It hosted the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in 2006 and has been active in South America, Malaysia, India, Russia, and the Netherlands.
Dr. Aloia has also served as a consultant to several state educational agencies and the federal government. Throughout his career he has been an active researcher and writer. He has over 65 publications, including a children's book entitled The Legend of the Golden Straw. He has presented more than 60 papers at international and national professional conferences and has been awarded multiple federal, state, and foundation grants during his career. He has also been an active fundraiser for his institutions generating several million dollars in pledges, matches, and donations.
He and his wife, Mary, a Montessori teacher, have been married for 33 years and have seven children.