Congratulations to Jessica Branch, Alexandria Lemerand, Rachel Koepke, and Luke Ferrell on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 Ohio Early Care and Education Conference. Jessica, a doctoral student in early childhood education, presented her poster on the Reggio Emilia Approach. Alexandria, Rachel, and Luke (early childhood licensure students) presented a poster on Multi-Sensory Education. Any students interested in submitting a poster proposal to the 2014 Ohio Early Care and Education Conference can contact Dr. Ruslan Slutsky at 419.530.4354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We look forward to having many more students representing the Judith Herb College of Education at the largest education conference in Ohio.
Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service
UT faculty member, Dr. Charlene Czerniak, receives the highest rank — Distinguished University Professor.March 5th, 2013
Dr. Charlene M. Czerniak, professor of science education in the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service. She has been at UT for 23 years. To date, she has generated $30 million in extramural funds from places such as the National Science Foundation. She has presented more than 50 times nationally and internationally, as well as more than 50 times at state and regional meetings. Czerniak has published approximately 50 papers and nine book chapters, and is editor of several books and journals. She has received the George Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the Judith Herb College of Education Research Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service.
We have received a grant of $16,000 from the Ohio Humanities Council to support a week-long summer workshop for P-12 teachers entitled “From Kuschwantz to Kwanzaa Park: Everyday Humanities in Urban Neighborhoods as a Basis for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy,” which will be held July 22-26 from 9 am – 4 pm daily. The Padua Alliance for Education and Empowerment, a collaboration between the UT Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and the Padua Center at 1416 Nebraska Avenue, is sponsoring the 3-credit graduate level course, which brings together neighborhood leaders with UT faculty from across the university.
The overarching goal of the project is for teachers to understand the humanities as they exist in everyday life, and to use these everyday humanities as a basis for teaching in order to positively impact student learning not only of humanities but of other disciplines including math, the sciences, and literacy. From the neighborhood, leadership comes from Washington Muhammad of Brighten Up Community Organizing and Self-Expression Teen Theater, Betty Sullivan and Joe Martin of Paradise Baptist Church, Oscar Shaheer of Brighten Up Community Organizing and Your Community Market, and Sr. Virginia Welsh of the Padua Center.
From UT, Dr. Lynne Hamer of Educational Foundations and Leadership leads the grant and is the course instructor, with Dr. Thomas Barden of the Department of English, Dr. Willie McKether of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, and Dr. Todd Michney of the History Department bringing expertise in the humanities. Dr. . Akuma-Kalu Njoku of Western Kentucky University will join the faculty for the week.
Funding from the Ohio Humanities Council and the UT Graduate College provides fifteen full scholarships for P-12 teachers from the neighborhood and throughout the state to participate in the course for graduate credit. Questions should be directed to Dr. Lynne Hamer at 419-530-7749 or email@example.com.
The International Peace Bureau, Oslo, Norway, has nominated Betty A. Reardon for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. Dr. Reardon is an internationally renowned peace scholar and peace educator. She has been instrumental in the establishment of peace education institutions and programs around the world. Dr. Reardon has produced an extensive body of scholarship and curriculum that define the fields of peace studies and peace education.
The nomination is posted at: IPB Nobel Nominations
The nomination letter includes reference to her collected papers—The Betty A. Reardon Collection—housed at the University of Toledo (Ohio) in the Ward M. Canaday Center Special Collections of the Library. This collection is a project of the University’s Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education.
Children always need their parents. But in today’s increasingly challenging world, they also need other adults to be their advocates.
Fortunately, children have The University of Toledo Criminal Justice and Social Work Department on their side, as the department is preparing other professionals to advocate in their behalf through the newly established Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program.
“I went to a conference on child advocacy a little over two years ago and I found their was a significant need to address these issues. I was shocked by how very few programs like this existed,” explained Dr. Morris Jenkins, UT chair and professor of criminal justice and social work in the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service.
The Graduate Certificate in Child Advocacy is designed to educate criminal justice counselors, social workers, lawyers, health care professionals and others about the needs and legal rights of children; to develop understanding and awareness of child abuse and neglect; and to teach professionals to be able to both recognize, react to and report situations involving child abuse.
“The program provides students with a general understanding of the need for child advocacy and the moral and legal obligations for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect,” Jenkins said. Courses are taught by professors of criminal justice, social work and counseling. Students must have at least a baccalaureate degree. “It is a community issue and it takes the entire community to address it.”
The program consists of four 6000-level courses:
- SOCW 6700: Perspective on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
- CRIM 6710: Profession and System Responses for Child Advocacy
- COUN 6720: Advocacy for the Survivor of Child Neglect and Abuse
- CRIM 6730: Guided Study in Child Advocacy Issues
“The curriculum looks at prevention, intervention and treatment. The first two courses offers a macro view of the issues, while the second two courses get into specifics. All courses address the core issues such as the signs of abuse and how to respond to it,” Jenkins said. “I believe that UT is actually in front of the curve in offering this type of graduate certificate because they recognize the issues we need to address in our society.”
A unique feature of the certificate program is that all four courses will be accessible 24 hours a day through distance learning methods.
“The course is offered online because we can’t ignore the fact that online courses are here to stay, it can be easily offered in modules, and we want to make it convenient for the variety of professionals we are trying to serve,” Jenkins said. The courses started in the current fall, 2012 semester, with 15 students. “We are benefitting from things we are learning, and the program has been well received by the community.”
“Establishing this certificate program has been a positive learning experience for me,” Jenkins said. “I would like to have more outside resources to promote different approaches to crime and delinquency, just like the child advocacy certificate addresses this issue.”
“Social change has always been an interest and motivation to me, and I hope that with my education, my background and by helping establish educational programs such as this Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program, that I can be a small part of social change in the 21st century.”
Eight people from across the United States took a major step for a brighter future at The University of Toledo this summer as they participated in the first Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults at UT, one of only about a dozen in the nation.
Dr. Rodney Gabel, associate professor in the UT Speech Language Pathology Program, directed the clinic. He is able to relate to the participants, as he shares their condition.
“I stutter, and I always knew I wanted to help people like me,” he said.
“Stuttering is one of those things that we don’t hear about a lot in the news, although the recent movie “The King’s Speech” did draw attention to the condition.”
“No one speaks fluently 100% of the time, but people who stutter speak with increased tension, repetitions and blocks; they are stuck for an abnormal amount of time,” he said.
But Gabel explained that the situation runs deeper. “It is much more than speech. What we see is only the tip of the iceberg. People develop a set of beliefs about their condition; their perception of who they are is very problematic. Plus societal attitudes toward stuttering are often very negative.”
“It is very hard to stutter and have to deal with it. There are a lot of emotional issues. They reach a point where they say, “I can’t deal with it.’ People come to the clinic knowing they need help. They realize they have to do this.”
“Stuttering is not usually regarded as something that has a lot of resources devoted to it, but it does take a lot of resources to help the individuals, which we try to provide through the Intensive Stuttering Clinic at UT,” Gabel said.
There were only 11 intensive therapy clinics nationally this summer, with UT’s the only one in Ohio. Participants were limited to eight and ranged in age from 10 to 27 years. They came from all across America. Gabel said people learn about this clinic from his years of conducting such programs at Bowling Green State University, from professional papers he has authored, and from resources on the Internet.
And intensive it is. During the two week program, participants are in therapy 60 to 70 hours each week.
“Some participants have had no therapy and some have had good therapy in the past, but they are ready and willing to make the personal and financial commitments.”
Recognizing that participating in an intensive clinic is a major emotional step for people who stutter, he added, “Putting their hope in us is also costly.”
“This is not medical management. Stuttering is not a disease, not a condition that can be cured. They come because they want the ability to reduce the impact, and we help them enough so they can cope and live successfully.”
“It is helpful for people who stutter to see other people who stutter,” Gabel said. “There is a lot of education, identifying behaviors while they stutter, helping them become less afraid. Our goal is positive acceptance that ‘It is what it is.’ We help them develop the skills and belief that they can deal with this problem and be less negative. Participants become more fluent and better communicators and feel markedly better than when they arrived.”
But there is another group who benefits from the clinic.
“We are also helping our graduate student clinicians to become better prepared. It’s a mini-internship for the speech pathology graduate students. There is one graduate student per client, plus two speech language pathologists, Dr. Stephanie Hughes and Brook Steele, who supervise the program with me.”
It is hoped that the eight graduate students will participate in the intensive clinics each summer, gaining much more experience working with people who stutter than is offered at most other universities.
To best help the participants in the real world, the clinic moves beyond the walls of UT’s Health and Human Services building and the Speech Language and Hearing Clinic.
“They take what we call a stuttering survey to people on campus,” Gabel explained. “They say, ‘Hello, my name is ___ and I am on campus working on my stuttering. Can I ask you some questions about your attitudes?’ This is a powerful technique. The idea of talking has become such a barrier to them, but they acknowledge it, take ownership of it, disclose it to others and can be comfortable with the ability to test perceptions about it.”
“We work on giving them all the tools we can to be more successful. They are noticeably more fluent when they leave, although we do not see 100% fluency as a goal. When someone speaks more fluently they will feel better about themselves, and their anxiety goes down.”
Cross-country extended follow-up is managed through the use of online video conferences, a modality of treatment call Telepractice.
Gabel said UT has been extremely supportive, and that the cost of the clinic is minimized through the support of the national Psi Iota Xi sorority.
“We have developed a relationship with Psi Iota Xi and they have been a godsend,” Gabel said. The sorority just announced a commitment of $100,000 to the UT clinic over the next four years, and this further enables Gabel to establish a second intensive clinic next year for 8-to-12 year olds.
The clinic for 8-to-12 year olds will be called the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Children and their Families, and will be offered from June 24 through July 3, 2013. The second annual Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults will be offered from July 15-26, 2013. Thus a total of 16 individuals who stutter will be served as a part of these clinics, which are being called the Northwest Ohio Intensive Stuttering Clinics. For more information about the clinics, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/eduhshs/depts/rehab_sciences/speech/shutteringclinic.html
“There are 3.5 million people in the US who stutter, 1 % of the population. It’s been so positive at UT, and everyone is helping so we can make an impact.”
Kerry Klima is the new Human Resources & Talent Development Representative for our college here on Main Campus.
To better assist us with our HR needs, beginning Tuesday October 15, 2012, Kerry will begin office hours in the Associate Dean’s Office on the 2nd floor of the HHS building room HH2400 and he will be working closely with Debra Banks and Dave Walczak.
To start, his office hours will be one day a week every Tuesday from 1-5pm. His extension is x1473. Kerry will also be sending out an email introducing himself to the college and explaining his services to everyone.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce several grant-writing workshops this fall. The first workshop centers on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the grant application process and will be offered once on each campus.
October 12, 2012
11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Main Campus (Fieldhouse 1460)
October 26, 2012
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Health Science Campus
(Neurosciences Conference Room, Block Health Science 188)
Reservations are required, please contact Herdia.Hodges@utoledo.edu or 530-2844 to register. The same information will be offered at each session, so please indicate WHICH session you would like to attend. Sign-up for whichever is more convenient, but not both. Basic lunch will be provided at each session.
COMING UP IN NOVEMBER: Two additional workshops focusing on agency-specific tips from sucessful researchers.
It is an privilege to report that the Thomas J. Switzer Adventureship Fund (Fund # 2401671) has been established to honor the legacy of Dr. Switzer and his extraordinary contributions to The University of Toledo and the Camp Adventure Program. This fund will provide scholarship support to students who demonstrate financial need who want to participate in the Camp Adventure program at UT. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to participants. Students selected must demonstrate financial need, maintain a 2.3 GPA and complete required training and sign and commitment form.
This is a fund that Dr. Switzer, Mrs. Herb and Dr. Spann originally established in February of 2008 to help students participate in Camp Adventure regardless of their financial means. It has been renamed to honor Dr. Switzer’s will and ability to change the world. The ripple effect of this scholarship will impact scholarship recipients and the individuals they cross paths with as a result of experiencing Camp Adventure – it is our hope that they carrying out Dr. Switzer’s will, determination and desire to make the world a better place. The intent of the scholarship is to inspire the students who receive the scholarship to learn and pass on the values of Dr. Switzer in their life experiences.
We have an online giving page to make it convenient for people to make a memorial gift in honor of Dr. Switzer, here is the link: https://give2ut.utoledo.edu/Default.asp Donors, just need to type in: Thomas J. Switzer Adventureship Fund in the Other designation not listed above field to make their gift to this fund. I just thought I would pass on the information to the College, for those who are interested in supporting the scholarship in memory of Dr. Switzer.
- Students Present at the 2013 Ohio Early Care and Education Conference
- UT faculty member, Dr. Charlene Czerniak, receives the highest rank — Distinguished University Professor.
- From Kuschwantz to Kwanzaa Park
- Betty A. Reardon nominated for the Noble Peace Prize
- New Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program serves needs of many professionals
Search All Journals