Maxine Freund

Maxine Freund
Associate Dean for Research and External Relations
Professor, Special Education & Disability Studies
(202) 994-1547

A tenured professor in the Department of Special Education and Disabilities Studies, Dr. Freund has been engaged in the preparation of special and general educators for over 30 years. Prior to her current role, Dean Freund served as the director of the Office for Partnerships and External Relations at GSEHD.

Ed.D., The George Washington University
M.A., The George Washington University
Teaching Certification, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of Minnesota

In the News

Faculty and students represented GSEHD at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference in Tampa, FL: Dr. Daniel Klasik and doctoral student Angel Jones (Ph.D. in Education) presented in a Paper Session: The Many Paths to College Enrollment: Re-Conceptualizing College Choice. Dr. Klasik also presented in a Paper Session: The Consequences of Geographic Immobility on Postsecondary Outcomes for Low-Income Students. Dr. Maxine Freund and doctoral candidates Lauren Hunter Naples and Elisabeth Kutscher (both Special Education and Disability Studies) presented in a Paper Session: Beyond Accommodation: Advancing a Culture of Neurodiversity in Higher Education. Elisabeth Kutscher also presented in a Round Table Session: “We’re Not All Cut from the Same Cloth”: A Mixed Methods Investigation of College Persistence in Students with Disabilities and/or Learning Differences. Dr. Ashley Stone presented in a Paper Session: Reframing Rurality: How Empowering Rural Students Enriches Rural Research. Dr. Stone also presented in a Paper Session with a colleague from the University of Maine on The Positionality of Place: Examining How Scholarship Engages with the “Where” in Higher Education Research. Doctoral student Nancy Stalowski (Higher Education Administration) presented in a Round Table Session on: The White Male Benefactor: Venture Philanthropy in Higher Education. Dr. Deniece Dortch presented in a Paper Session: Naming and Disrupting the Problem of White Western Models of Socialization: Toward a New Understanding of the African American Doctoral Student Experience.

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff represented GSEHD at the GW Research Days event last week. Thanks to everyone who presented their important work or participated as judges and mentors. (Poster descriptions are available in the Research Days Abstract Book - pages 20-38.)

Dr. Maxine Freund was highlighted in GW Today's GW Alumni Association Recognizes Six with Service Award as the Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award recipient. (Click on the video to the right to watch parts of Dean Feuer's introduction and some of Dr. Freund's speech.)

Dr. Maxine Freund was honored on Thursday evening with the Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award. This award is given annually to a faculty or staff alumnus/alumna who consistently advances GW's mission through dedicated volunteer efforts. Well deserved!

Dr. Maxine Freund will be presented with the Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service award at the 55th annual Alumni Outstanding Service Awards ceremony April. She was highlighted in GW Today for being one of six Outstanding Service Award honorees. The awards are given to alumni for their contributions to university programs.