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Katia Ciampa
College of Health and Human Services

Education Professors Publish Article in Teaching in Higher Education

Dr. Katia Ciampa, an assistant professor in the Center for Education, and Dr. Zora Wolfe, an associate professor in the Center for Education, published a peer-reviewed article in "Teaching in Higher Education" in September 2020. The article, titled "From isolation to collaboration: creating an intentional community of practice within the doctoral dissertation proposal writing process," was a retrospective case study to examine the implementation of peer-review practices in a doctoral dissertation proposal course.

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Susan Schaming profile
College of Health and Human Services

Education Professor Appointed to the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Anti-Racism Task Force

Dr. Susan P. Schaming, an associate professor and director of Graduate Counselor Education and Home School Visitation Programs, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Anti-Racism Task force. The purpose of this task force is to begin assessing needs and charting a direction to take an active role in making changes in Pennsylvania, while working towards increasing cultural humility and answering the call to action in bringing positive change to those who have been disproportionately affected by racial inequality.

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Pride Banners in front of Old Main
College of Health and Human Services

Center for Social Work Education Professors Publish Journal Article

Margo Campbell and Linda Houser, both associate professors in Widener's Center for Social Work Education, published an article in June 2020 in "Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services." The article, titled "Connecting Caregiver Wages and Distress: Felt Precarity, Parenting, and Child Behavior," focused on employed mothers experiences of felt precarity, an emotional reaction to structurally generated vulnerability. Their study linked wages, a potential source of precarity, to well-being using a family stress model of economic hardship.

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College of Health and Human Services

Professor Named to Communication Institute of Greece Position and Publishes Pieces Related to COVID-19

Dr. Robert Bonk, a professor of professional writing who is internationally known for his research, workshops, and presentations, was recently named Honorary Vice President Collaborative Writing Initiatives by the Communication Institute of Greece (ComInG). This honor recognizes his most recent accomplishment serving as lead researcher and lead author for an international project examining the responses of higher education to the COVID-19 pandemic in seven nations.

The article, titled "Pedagogy in the Time of Pandemic: From Localisation to Glocalisation," is currently in press at the Journal of Education, Innovation, and Communication. He also served as guest editor and co-authored the preface for the June 2020 special issue of the journal.

Active as an Ambassador and Academic Conference Committee member, Bonk presented at the ComInG 2019 Conference and had been invited to lead writing workshops at the 2020 Conference. He was previously honored as a Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association. Bonk also recently edited and provided a poem and photo for the ComInG motivational book "Why is it worth waking up every morning? Impressions and reflections on inspiration, motivation, and collaboration."

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College of Health and Human Services

Education Professor and Alumna Publish Two Manuscripts About Online Teaching During COVID-19

Associate Professor Zora Wolfe, director of K-12 educational leadership programs, and alumna Jeanne McCarthy '20 EdD co-authored two peer-reviewed manuscripts in the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's "Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field" publication.

The first manuscript, "Engaging Parents Through School-Wide Strategies for Online Instruction," focused on how they assisted a school in revisiting their school-wide processes and online learning plan to incorporate parent-centered, school-wide strategies that supported students and parents learning at home together.

The second manuscript, "Building on Existing Brick-and-Mortar Practices in Online Spaces," focused on how the knowledge and expertise developed by educators in brick-and-mortar classrooms can be useful in online teaching environments.

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Sabitha Pillai-Friedman
School of Human Service Professions

Human Sexuality Studies Professor and Student Receive National Awards

Associate Professor Sabitha Pillai-Friedman has received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award, and Tanya Bass, a doctoral student in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, has received the 2020 Sexuality Educator Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Award.

Pillai-Friedman's award is presented to an AASECT member who has worked to promote the mission of AASECT, advocating for sexual health through the development and advancement of sexuality education, counseling or therapy. Bass' award recognizes an individual who have made long-standing contributions, outstanding achievements, or otherwise had a major impact in one or more areas of sexuality education. They will receive the awards during the AASECT Virtual Summit on June 5.

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Dawn T. Gulick
School of Human Service Professions

Physical Therapy Professor Awarded $50k Investment for Innovative Device

Dawn Gulick, professor of graduate physical therapy, was awarded $50,000 in equity investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners to advance the development of her invention, The Mobil-Aider. FDA-approved and patent-pending, The Mobil-Aider was developed by Professor Gulick to quantify joint mobility in musculoskeletal injuries. This most recent investment is in addition to two grants, Phase I and Phase II, awarded to Professor Gulick from the National Science Foundation. 

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Participants at the Delta Sexual Health Conference
School of Human Service Professions

Widener Co-Hosts 'Delta Focus Conference 2020: A Spotlight on Sexual Health'

Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies and Delta State University co-hosted the 'Delta Focus Conference 2020: A Spotlight on Sexual Health' from Feb. 6 - 8 in Cleveland, Mississippi. The grassroots conference was supported by ViiV Healthcare's Accelerate Initiative and gave the community an opportunity to consider and gain insight on topics affecting the sexual health of people in the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas. The conference sought to expand the skills and awareness of community health professionals through interactive workshops, thematic plenaries, and community listening sessions. Conference presenters from Widener included Javontae Lee Williams, who was conference co-chair and is an applied research scientist at Widener's Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative.

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School of Human Service Professions

Master of Education Student Selected as Frankel Adair Scholar by ACLU-PA

Angélique Gravely, a master of education student, was selected to be the 2019-2020 Frankel Adair Scholar by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA). The scholarship provides $1,500 in support of post-secondary education to an LGBQ&T student residing in the greater Philadelphia area.

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Robert Wellmon
School of Human Service Professions

Bob Wellmon Receives Neurology Special Interest Group Award

Bob Wellmon, professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, was recognized as a leader in the field with the Neurology Special Interest Group (SGI) Award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA). Presented at the 2019 PPTA conference, Professor Wellmon earned this distinguished award for his significant and meaningful contributions to the field of physical therapy.

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Bridget Trivinia
School of Human Service Professions

Bridget Trivinia Publishes Article in OT Practice magazine

An article written by Bridget Trivinia, director of field work education in the doctor of occupational therapy program, entitled “Blueprint for Success: Measurable Learning Contracts for Level II Fieldwork Students at Risk for Failing” was published in the June edition of  OT Practice magazine.

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Javontae Lee Williams
Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Javontae Williams Named to Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on African American Males

Javontae Williams, applied research scientist in Center for Human Sexuality Studies, was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney to the Mayor's Commission on African African Males. He will be representing public health and sexuality issues on the commission.

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Linda K. Knauss
School of Human Service Professions

Linda Knauss Honored with Distinguished Service to the Science and Practice of Psychology

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association presented Linda Knauss, professor of clinical psychology, the Distinguished Service to the Science and Practice of Psychology award.

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School of Human Service Professions

Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative Awarded $25,000 grant from ViiV Healthcare

Widener’s Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative (ISRC) has received a $25,000 grant from ViiV Healthcare’s ACCELERATE! Program. The grant will fund a sexual health conference in Mississippi, where the ISRC has been working to develop sexuality education resources and tools for black gay and bisexual men.

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Tracie Gilbert, Jayleen Galarza
School of Human Service Professions

Human Sexuality Studies Researcher, Student and Graduate Honored

Tracie Gilbert, a research scientist in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS), along with Jayleen Galarza, a CHSS graduate, and Ryan McKee, a current doctoral candidate, were chosen as the 2019 recipients of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists' Schiller Prize. They were recognized at the 2019 annual conference in Philadelphia on June 15.

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Nadine McHenry
School of Human Service Professions

Nadine McHenry Receives Chester Upland Community Partnership Award

Professor Nadine McHenry received the 2019 Chester Upland Community Partnership Award for her leadership of Widener's Community Engaged Teacher Education program. She was recognized during an awards ceremony and reception held at STEM High School on June 12.

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