George Fair

Dean - Interdisciplinary Studies

Professional Preparation

Ph.D - Special Education & Educational Research
University of Pittsburgh - 1974
M.Ed. - Special Education
University of Pittsburgh - 1970
A.B. - Mathematics
Syracuse University - 1966

Publications

Fair, G.W., Mathematics Instruction in Junior and Senior High School. In D.K. Reid (Ed.), Teaching the Learning Disabled, Needham, MA. Allyn and Bacon, 1988, 378-415. 1988 - Publication
Fair, G.W., Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary Grades. In D.K. Reid (Ed.), Teaching the Learning Disabled, Needham, MA. Allyn and Bacon, 1988, 339-377. 1988 - Publication
Fair, G.W., L. Sternbert, Mathematics Programs and Materials, in The Mildly Handicapped Student, Grune & Stratton, New York, 1982. 1982 - Publication
Fair, G.W. Program development of special vocational needs youth. In G.D. Meers (Ed.) Handbook of Special Vocational Needs Education, Rockville, MD. Aspen Systems, 1980, 117-138. 1980 - Publication
Fair, G.W. and Sullivan, A.R. Career opportunities for culturally diverse handicapped youth. Exceptional Children, 1980, 46, 626-631. 1980 - Publication
Fair, G.W. Career education and minority handicapped students. Career Development for Exceptional Individual, 1980, 3,3-11. 1980 - Publication
Fair, G.W. Coping with double barrelled discrimination. Journal of School Health, 1980, 50,275-276. 1980 - Publication
Fair, G.W. Employment opportunities in the 80s for special needs students. The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, 1980, 3, 180-20. 1980 - Publication
Fair, G.W. Career education and curriculum development for the handicapped. In A.R. Mori (Ed.) Proceedings of an Institute on Career Education for the Handicapped, Las Vegas, NV. University of Nevada, 1979, 37-47. 1979 - Publication
Fair, G.W. School district issues for including special education students in vocational education. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 1978, 1,104-106. 1978 - Publication

Appointments

Professor and Dean
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1989–1994]
Associate Professor, Special Education Program
The University of Texas at Dallas [1980–1989]
Assistant Professor, Special Education Program
The University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1980]
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh [1974–1975]
Instructor
University of Pittsburgh [1971–1974]

Additional Information

Special Activities
  • Founder and Champion of Academic Bridge Program, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1994-Present
  • Director of Fidelity Children’s Learning Fund at UT-Dallas, 2005-Present. A fund established by Fidelity Investments to assist students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Campus Champion for Jumpstart Dallas at University of Texas at Dallas 2008-Present. Jumpstart provides volunteer college students who assist preschool education programs in low-income communities.

Commissioned as a second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, June, 1966. Served on active duty March, 1967 to January, 1969. Served as platoon leader, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, Vietnam.

News Articles

Fair Appointed to Serve as VP for Diversity, Community Engagement
Public education advocate Dr. George Fair, who has served as dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies since 1994, has been appointed to the position of vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to continuing his role as dean, Fair will oversee The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, which includes Faculty Diversity, Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Community Engagement, the Multicultural Center and the Galerstein Women’s Center. The mission of the office is to embrace, enhance and celebrate diversity at all levels of the University and the community through the efforts of faculty, staff, students, the executive leadership and community partnerships.
Spector Takes New Role; Fair to Serve as Interim VP for Diversity
Dr. Magaly Spector, vice president for Diversity and Community Engagementsince 2008, will take on a new role as professor in practice and assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. Dr. George Fair, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, will serve as interim vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement.  

“I am grateful that I will continue to have the benefit of Dr. Spector’s advice and guidance and that she will remain part of the team of people who work to support and inspire members of our University family,” said UT Dallas President David E. Daniel. “Her new role ties her exceptional public and private sector experience with the University’s programmatic needs.”

Awareness of the importance of diversity and the University’s commitment to supporting diversity “has been exponentially raised under Dr. Spector’s leadership,” Daniel said.
Reminiscences, Diversity Awards Honor MLK’s Legacy
On what would have been his 80th birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored Thursday in speech and in spirit during the University’s seventh annual breakfast and diversity award ceremony held in his honor.    

A keynote speech by Xernona Clayton, founder of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, an organization that annually recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of top African Americans, kicked off the morning. 

In a moving and often humorous talk, Clayton offered reflections about the fallen civil rights leader — whom she knew — and encouraged the students in attendance to work hard and focus on their goals.

Funding

Americorps Literacy Project-Reading One-to-One
$672,629 - Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service [2018–2018]
Sherman Partnership for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
$70,426 - Sherman Independent School District/Region 10 Education Center [2010–2011]
Sherman Partnership for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
$62,460 - Sherman Independent School District/Region 10 Eduucation Center [2010–2011]
Sherman Partnership for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
$46,411 - Sherman Independent School District/Region 10 Education Center [2009–2010]
Sherman Partnership for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
$67,500 - Sherman Independent School District/Region 10 Education Center [2008–2009]