Dr. Joe Lamberti
Butler Service Medal, 2007
Faculty Emeritus Joe Lamberti is a loyal friend and
long time supporter of Butler University. Joe's history with the
University began in September 1981 when he assumed the position of
dean of the College of Education. He served in that capacity from
1981-90 before retiring to the faculty of the College, where he
served until his retirement in 2002.
Joe received his bachelor's degree from Edinboro University in
Pennsylvania, a master's degree from California State University at
Northridge and a doctorate from the University of Florida. From
1969-72 he was engaged in teaching and administration at the
University of Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior
to coming to Butler, Joe was on the faculty at the University of
Northern Iowa where he also held the position of assistant to the
dean of the College of Education.
As dean of Butler's College of Education, Joe was instrumental
in initiating and developing a number of innovative programs
including the successful principal preparation program, curriculum
changes and youth involvement initiatives. He also implemented
programs on portfolio assessment, faculty development, service
learning and international exchanges. During his tenure, he
promoted new recognition programs for recruiting and rewarding
outstanding students. In addition, he has held many leadership
positions in local, state and national professional
In October 2006, Joe was inducted into the Indiana Teacher
Educator's Hall of Fame.
In retirement, Joe continues to help Butler by participating in
activities to recruit students from underserved populations.
Additionally, he provides assistance to the College of Education on
their partnerships with Indianapolis Public Schools. He serves as a
member of the Center for Citizenship and Community Advisory Board
and as a volunteer for the Butler Catholic Community. He is also a
member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Joe and his family have contributed to the Butler fund for the
past 20 years. He has also donated to the Martha Zetzl Memorial
Award Fund and other scholarship funds. Most recently, Joe
established a fund that raised money to purchase and install a
defibrillator in Atherton Union.
Joe and his wife, Ida, have three children - Anna, Elizabeth and