A native of Buffalo, New York, Carmen J. Iannaccone received a B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College. Carmen completed an M.A. Ed. in Special Education from the University of California, San Francisco, and an Ed. D. in Curriculum Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also was awarded a U.S. Office of Education Research Fellow to complete post-doctoral study in special education research at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Carmen’s early teaching experience focused largely on urban students at both general and special education elementary and secondary levels.
Carmen enjoyed a 37-year career as a special education teacher educator and program leader as chair in the Department of Exceptional Education at State University of New York, Buffalo State College. Carmen co-chaired the development of a joint doctoral program in special education, partnering the State University of New York at Buffalo with the State University of New York, Buffalo State College. Additionally, he designed a personnel preparation graduate degree program at Buffalo State College in the area of secondary special education.
Carmen’s contribution to the professional literature includes articles addressing international leadership practices in special education and services; general and special education teacher competence in promoting student social problem solving skills; and the design of effective curriculum and instructional planning strategies.
Dr. Iannaccone has served as an advisor to international students from Western Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Central America. He also has served as a consultant to the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and the Russian Ministry of Education. Additionally, Dr. Iannaccone has organized professional conferences within the United States; and presented numerous papers and workshops at local, state, national and international conferences related to personnel preparation and the acquisition of critical competencies associated with the development of higher education and organization leaders.