Joseph L. DeVitis has taught at five universities in his 40-year academic career. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award
from the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a past president of the American Educational
Studies Association (AESA), the Council of Learned Societies in Education, and the Society of Professors of Education. Author
or editor of 15 books, he has written extensively on moral development, liberal education, collegiate service-learning, and
educational reform. His most recent books are a series of notable readers for Peter Lang Publishing: Contemporary Colleges
and Universities (2013); Critical Civic Literacy (2011); Character and Moral Education (2011), edited with
Tianlong Yu; and Adolescent Education (2010), edited with Linda Irwin-DeVitis. The latter two books received Critics
Choice Awards from AESA as outstanding books of the year.