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Group photo at the 2022 Black Doctors Consortium walk a thon
College of Health & Human Services

Widener Shows Support at Black Doctors Consortium Walk-a-Thon

Members of the Widener community participated in this year's Next Step: From Freedom to Equity Walk-A-Thon and Health Fair hosted by the Black Doctors Consortium and the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity. The event drew supporters to the two-mile march up Broad Street in North Philadelphia to bring awareness to local racial health disparities. Rhonda Hazell, associate professor and coordinator of clinical anatomy, organized the Widener team and was joined by Katie Hershede, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff, Anali Falcon '23, Lori Felker, director of the Institute for Physician Assistant Education, Ijjae Hill '25, Jill Black, associate dean of College of Health & Human Services and director of Institute for Physical Therapy, and Colleen Chancler, assistant professor. 

(Photo left to right: Katie Hershede, Anali Falcon, Rhonda Hazell, Lori Felker, Ijjae Hill, Jill Black, and Colleen Chancler.)

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Student working with young children in a classroom
College of Health & Human Services

Widener’s Undergraduate Elementary Mathematics Education Received A+ from NCTQ

Widener University’s undergraduate elementary education program as received an A+ rating in elementary mathematics from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The report analyzed over 1,100 teaching programs and recognized 79 as A+ programs.

The data examined the performance of teacher preparation programs across the country in preparing future teachers to teach elementary mathematics. The analysis evaluates programs for their coverage of both the key mathematics content that elementary teachers need, as well as how to teach those concepts.

Widener met 100 percent of recommended instructional hours across all the mathematics content topics and pedagogy that were part of the analysis to achieve the A+ rating.

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Colleen Chancler
College of Health & Human Services

Physical Therapy Professor Honored with a Service Award

Colleen Chancler, assistant professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, is the recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. This award honors Chancler for her exceptional contributions to APTA.

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Robert Wellmon
College of Health & Human Services

Physical Therapy Professor Publishes on Influence of Clinical Instructor Experience on Assessing DPT Student Clinical Performance

Robert Wellmon, distinguished university professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, is a co-author on this mix-methods study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. The purposes of this study were to examine whether novice and experienced clinical instructors' assessment practice differ and explore the reasons for these differences. Findings showed a low number of statistically significant differences between novice and experienced clinical instructors awarding Clinical Performance Instrument ratings which suggests that there were few true quantitative disparities between the assessors.

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Robin L. Dole
College of Health & Human Services

Robin Dole Co-Authors Paper on Competency-Based Education in Physical Therapy

Robin Dole, dean of the College of Health & Human Services, is a co-author on this paper published in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal discussing competency-based education (CBE). In this perspective article, Dole and the co-authors demonstrate support for utilizing the CBE philosophy and highlight four themes: the need for a shared language, an overview of CBE and the impetus for the change, how to shift toward CBE in physical therapy, and why the profession should adopt a mindset requiring purposeful practice across one’s career in order to safely and most efficiently practice in a given area.

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Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Human Sexuality Professor Studies Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Relationships

Pamela Lannutti, professor and director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, is first author on a the article “Relationships in the time of COVID-19: Examining the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships” which published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. This article, which includes 29 research articles with authors and samples from 28 countries across all continents except Anatricia, looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on personal relationships including romantic relationships, family relationships, friendships, and relationships with strangers.

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Tracie Gilbert
Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Human Sexuality Faculty Member Publishes First Book

Assistant Professor Tracie Q. Gilbert has published her first book, Black & Sexy: A Framework of Racialized Sexuality through Taylor & Francis Publishing, a subsidiary of Routledge. The book is an in-depth look at the role race plays in the sexual ideation and imagination of African-American people. 

It is based on dissertation research from which Gilbert created a theoretical model of sexual engagement, entitled Black Sexual Epistemology. The book begins with an overview of how race has impacted sexuality for African Americans over time. It ends with practical insight on how sexuality practitioners can more effectively address race and racial injustice in the work they do with students and clients. 
 
The book is available for purchase online.

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Susan Schaming profile
College of Health & Human Services

Education Professor Presents on Power of Constructive Conversations with PK-12 Students

Susan P. Schaming, associate professor and director of graduate counselor education program, presented at the annual conference of the PA School Counselor Association on December 9 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Her presentation: Hope for the future begins today: Using constructive conversations in PK-12 schools offered techniques for school counselors to respond to the imperative of supporting PK—12 students’ awareness, reflection, response, and reaction to personal biases. Schaming purports that left unaddressed, the discrimination of marginalized individuals and groups will subsist in our schools and communities. Kim’s Constructive Conversations model was emphasized as a tool to help students to manage conflict, promote healing, and find their voice. 

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College of Health & Human Services

Physical Therapy Professor Uncovers Unethical Implications of International Service-Learning

Kripa Dholakia, an assistant professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, co-authored a research report in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education on ethical dilemmas in International Service-Learning (ISL). Titled “Uncovering Ethical Dilemmas in International Service-Learning: A Grounded Theory,” the study used a constructive theory ground approach to understand the experiences, perceptions, and insights of faculty, students, and alumni who attended an ISL experience as well as to analyze the participants’ ethical nature. Ten students, six faculty members and five alumni from varying doctor of physical therapy programs across the country travelled to Central America to take part in an ISL program to identify potential ethical misconduct. The groups’ experience indicated that further research is needed to identify best practices for future ISL experiences to prevent future ethical dilemmas from arising.

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Head and shoulders shot of Dr. Nadine McHenry in front of stone wall
Center for Education

Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award Given to Community Engaged Teacher Education Program Coordinator

The Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award has been given to College of Health and Human Services Professor Nadine McHenry. It is awarded to an individual or group who has designed, implemented, and assessed innovative or experimental teaching and learning project. 

McHenry serves as coordinator of the Community Engaged Teacher Education (CETE) program, which has completely transformed teacher education in the Center for Education since its inception in 2016. CETE places teacher candidates in local classrooms and pairs them with community mentors in the city of Chester to develop culturally relevant teaching strategies and help teachers close the opportunity gap for students in diverse urban settings. McHenry is involved in all aspects of this multi-layered program, which benefits education students, undergraduate faculty, and the communities they serve. 

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Susan Schaming profile
College of Health & Human Services

Pennsylvania Counseling Association honors Widener associate professor

The Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), one of the largest and most active branches of the American Counseling Association, will honor Susan P. Schaming, LPC, associate professor and director of Graduate Counselor Education and Home School Visitor Programs, with its David W. Hall Advocacy Award. The honor recognizes an individual or individuals who have promoted the profession of counseling through advocacy and leadership. Schaming was appointed to a PCA anti-racism task force in 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and Black Lives Matter.  It is that work she will be recognized for when she receives the award and makes remarks at the PCA 2021 annual conference in King of Prussia on November 13. 

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Justin A. Sitron
Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Human Sexuality Faculty Named President-Elect of Society of Scientific Study of Sexuality

Associate Professor Justin Sitron in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies was elected president-elect of the Society of Scientific Study of Sexuality. The Society of Scientific Study of Sexuality is dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality and communicating scientifically based sexuality research. They value human welfare and hope to reduce the ignorance and prejudice around sexuality.

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Susan Schaming profile
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Education Professor Presents at the American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisor's biennial Conference

Susan P. Schaming, associate professor and director of Graduate Counselor Education and Home School Visitor Programs, presented at the American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisor's biennial Conference in Atlanta, GA. Her presentation titled "A multicultural course responds to racism and discrimination: An imperative for academicians and clinicians," offered a comprehensive course development plan for multiculturalism in counselor education. In addition, the tools for exploring bias and values that potentially lead to behaviors that marginalize groups, and strategies to analyze any institutional program practices that are influenced by cultural norms was discussed.

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Lori Simons
College of Health & Human Services

Psychology Professor to Give Keynote at International Conference

Professor Lori Simons, practicum and internship coordinator of the psychology department, will give the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology. The conference will be held remotely Oct. 6-8. 

Simon’s presentation is titled “A Developmental Approach for Infusing Career-Related Issues in an Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: COVID-19 Impacts on Student Learning.” 

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Justin A. Sitron
College of Health and Human Services

Widener Professor and Alum Publish Article in American Journal of Sexuality Education

Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Justin Sitron and alum Li Lock '19 recently published an article, titled Sexological Worldview Development Explained by the Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, in the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Sexological worldview is the lens through which someone sees and makes meaning of the sexual world around them. Their research explored whether the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) explains the stages of someone’s sexological worldview development across a continuum of dualist to relativist perspectives and ways of interacting with others who are similar or different.

Sitron, an associate professor, interviewed 30 sexuality professionals and students in the US and found that the participants’ sexological worldview development could be explained using the DMIS framework.

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Headshot photo of Taziah Kenney in black blazer and blue shirt
College of Health and Human Services

EdD Student Publishes Essay About Supporting Black Students in the Classroom

Taziah Kenney, a doctoral student in the Higher Education program, recently had an essay, titled "Only One in the Room: How to Support Black Students as an Educator", published in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice. The essay urged educators to recognize the battle many Black students face, especially in STEM fields, and to provide culturally responsive teaching that helps Black students succeed.

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College of Health and Human Services

Graduate Student Publishes Essay on Supporting Black and Latina Single Mother College Students

Diane Sanders, a graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership program at Widener University, recently had an essay, titled Supporting Black and Latina Single Mother College Students, published in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice. The essay called for higher education administrators to focus on the development of an effective system of support for Black and Latina single mother college students.

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College of Health and Human Services

Widener Professors and Alumni of Community Engaged Teacher Education Program Write Book Chapter

Widener University professors in the Center for Education’s Community Engaged Teacher Education (CETE) program collaborated to write Chapter 4 Shared Power in Teacher Preparation: University, School, and Community in a recently published book, titled The Power of Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation
 
The chapter was written by Professor Nadine McHenry, who coordinates the CETE program, as well as Director of the Widener Child Development Center Essence Allen-Presley, Associate Professor Bretton Alvaré, retired Stetser Elementary Principal Janet Baldwin, alumna Rev. Hilda Campbell, and alumna Taylor Borgstrom.
 
The book focuses on how and why community-engaged teacher preparation is a vital approach to address an educational system that his historically deficient, discriminatory, and inequitable.

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Institute for Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy Graduate Publishes Reflection on COVID-19 Pandemic

Physical therapy graduate Michael Quintans '14 writes about his experience enduring the closures and hurdles caused by COVID-19 and how he used the pandemic to shift his mindset to grow as a clinician and leader in his practice. His article was published in the May 2021 issue of Impact, the private practice publication of the American Physical Therapy Association. 

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Pride Banners in front of Old Main
Widener University

Widener Announces Recipients of 2021-2022 Faculty Scholarship

The Widener University Faculty Scholarship, an endowment funded primarily by faculty donations, recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students in and outside the classroom. Nominees are selected from each school and college in their junior year and are awarded funds to assist with their tuition in their senior year. 

The 2021-2022 awardees are:

Hannah Berard, Alana Fitchett (College of Health and Human Services)

Erin Coffey, Madeline Dutterer, Samantha Mendelson (College of Arts and Sciences)

Angelina Franceschini, Camryn Samuel, Kathleen Sorah (School of Nursing)
 
Nicholas Lubeck, Michael Oravic (School of Engineering)
 
Sarah McFarland, Danielle Mininno (School of Business Administration)

Those who are interested in supporting the Faculty Scholarship, can go to https://give.widener.edu/give/make-gift and indicate 'Faculty Scholarship' for gift designation. 

 

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