The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present the Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award to UO professor of education and sociology Michael Bullis at their annual conference in November. The award recognizes researchers who, over the course of their careers, have contributed a substantial body of research that has directly benefited at-risk youth and furthered overall research into support systems for adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).
Dr. Bullis’ contributions have appeared in over 120 peer-reviewed publications in which he appears as the author or coauthor. One study of particular significance examined the recidivism rates for young offenders in Oregon. This study is not only widely cited for linking together employment and education as factors that prevent youth from becoming repeat offenders, but it changed practices in youth correctional facilities and school’s across the state. As a result of Bullis’ work, Oregon’s juvenile correctional facilities now all include vocational education opportunities for young offenders.
In addition to his research, Dr. Bullis has a strong history of designing research-based programs to help youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties transition into vocational programs. One program, Project SERVE, provided services to EBD youth for over a decade in Corvallis, Oregon. Other work has included support for the One the Way Home (OTWH) program in Nebraska.
Michael Bullis has also served as a mentor and instructor to numerous doctoral students studying special education at the UO's College of Education. Many of his former students have gone on to successful careers in the field of special education research.
Dr. Michael Bullis graduated with his Ph.D. in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon in 1983, and returned to the UO in 1995. He served as the Dean for the College of Education from 2005-2013. The 17th DCDT International Conference will be held November 14-16, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia.