DCEPS Digest

Transforming Research, Education, and Inclusion

Fall 2023

Dear friends & colleagues,

As we approach the end of another dynamic semester, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to explore the latest edition of our DCEPS newsletter. As we continue our journey towards academic excellence and our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), this newsletter serves as a window into the remarkable strides we've taken over the past few months. Below, you will find valuable insights, exciting research updates, and stories of our collective efforts to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Join us in celebrating our achievements and discovering the boundless opportunities that lie ahead in higher education and the Darden College. Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community!

-Dr. Tammi Dice, Dean

Darden College of Education & Professional Studies

Class of 2023: Evan Dorman Focuses on Accessibility in Libraries

When Evan Dorman enrolled in Old Dominion University’s master’s program in library and information studies in the fall of 2022, he didn’t know he’d grow passionate about accessibility for people with disabilities – so passionate that he co-wrote two papers on the subject and presented the results at conferences in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and London last October.

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ODU’s Darden College to Launch Holmes Scholars Program Aimed at Increasing Faculty Diversity

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DCEPS Research Support Center Launches to Empower Research Excellence

The leadership of ODU and the DCEPS know that research is a key element in making an impact. The DCEPS Research Support Center has been established in a dedicated commitment to assist these members.

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CIEES Announces New Executive Director

Dr. Jonna Bobzien has accepted the role of executive director of CIEES. She has served ODU as the Communication Disorders and Special Education Department Chairperson and as the Special Education Graduate Program Director.

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MonarchTeach Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of MonarchTeach at ODU, a unique collaboration between the DCEPS and the College of Sciences. Since 2013, students majoring in mathematics or science have been able to receive teacher licensure while still earning their degree in their content area - while helping to combat nationwide teacher shortages.

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CMHD Takes Camp Webber to New Heights

In the summer of 2023, the Center for Movement, Health, & Disability (CMHD) implemented Camp Webber, an overnight sports camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired. Directed by HMS doctoral scholar Ally Keene, and supported by 11 other ODU undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and faculty, Camp Webber is held at Camp

Birchwood in Chugiak Alaska each summer. This program will offer the opportunity for campers to participate in adapted sports, meet new friends, and enjoy an overnight camp experience in the wilderness of Alaska. This free sports camp is supported by generous gifts from the ME Webber foundation. If you would like to help us make opportunities like these possible for our students and community, please consider a gift to support our ongoing efforts in education, innovation, and community engagement.

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Old Dominion University Joins Elite Ranks with UCWHRE Membership

The Workforce and Organizational Development Ph.D. program has achieved a significant milestone by becoming an institutional member of the University Council for Workforce & Human Resources Education (UCWHRE). UCWHRE, is renowned for its mission to shape the future of workforce education and human resource development through policy improvement and educational practices in the United States.

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Dr. Chaniece Winfield Earns Callahan Leadership Award

Dr. Chaniece Winfield is the 2023 recipient of the Callahan Leadership Award with the National Association of Addiction Professionals—a competitive and prestigious national award. Since 2013, Dr. Winfield has been an educator at ODU specializing in addiction education and clinical practitioner competency in the substance use and addiction field.

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Please also join us in congratulating Dr. Winfield for her placement on the Hampton Roads region 40 Under 40 list for 2023!

Katelyn Makovec Named 2023 VAHPERD Teacher of the Year for College/University

Makovec, who has been with ODU since 2017, has been a driving force in HMS. Her commitment to teaching, professional development, and community engagement has set her apart as an exemplary educator and mentor.

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Dr. Bol wins Barry J. Zimmerman Award for Outstanding Contributions

The award focuses on recognizing a researcher who has developed a programmatic area of research that has made a strong theoretical, empirical, and applied impact on the field.

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EFL Faculty Members Earn ECMCF Grant

Drs. Michelle & James Bartlett were awarded a grant worth just under $1,000,000 through the ECMC Foundation for Postsecondary Career and Technical Research Fellows.

Dr. Mamo earns Presidential Fellowship

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Yoseph Mamo, who has been selected as Old Dominion University President Hemphill’s Junior Scholar nominee to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.

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Nic Schmoyer, a 3rd year doctoral student in CHS, has been named one of the SACES Research and Best Practice Grant recipients of this year. This award funds innovative best practices and research studies related to counselor education and supervision. Nic received this grant for his dissertation study titled "Supervision Needs of Novice Behavioral Health Clinicians in Integrated Primary Care Settings: A Delphi Study."

Since 2015, the MerMADE STEM Toys4KIDS project has been brightening the holiday season for children at CHKD. This year, the industrious students of the Industrial Technology program have outdone themselves by creating an innovative range of STEM toys. The 2023 collection features a variety of toys and puzzles, including marshmallow catapults, all made from eco-friendly materials. These toys are the product of the students' hard work in the STEM Education Production Lab, led by Mr. Basim Matrood.

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Valor to Vulnerability: ODU Veterans’ Journey to Mental Wellness Advocacy

Four student veterans in Counseling and Human Services are changing the narratives and making a difference for mental health in Hampton Roads.

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5 Darden College Alumni placed on ODU's

"40 Under 40" List for 2023

Katie Elder '09, '11 - Development Specialist, Population Media Center

Major Letitia Lyons Watson '07, '08 - Flight Commander, Obstetrician + Gynecologist, United States Air Force

MaCall Underwood '08, '11, '19 - Literacy Coach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Dr. Brittany Walker '16, '19 - Partner Program Manager, John Wiley & Sons

Jessica Woodyard '22 - Director of Development, Make-a-Wish of Greater Virginia

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Honored Retirees

Dr. David Swain

Professor of Exercise Science

Sheryl Spence

Office Manager & Fiscal Tech

News Bites

  • Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott participated in a panel with the ACA Governing Council, particularly talking about the needs of youth in our schools—ACES and CSI, discussing topics around serving LGBTQIA+ youth.

  • Dr. Jinhee Kim recently published a paper titled My teammate is AI: understanding students’ perceptions of student-AI collaboration in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. Co-authored with Dr. Cho at Seoul National University, the paper explored students’ perceptions and experiences about student-AI collaboration and provided implications on the design of educational AI and AI literacy education. Read it here.

  • At the National Association of Career and Technical Education Research conference in Phoenix, our faculty & students were met with amazing success. Dave Macholz earned the runner-up spot for Most Outstanding Poster Presentation, Kesha Valentine earned the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award, Dr. James Bartlett was elected as ACTER Ambassador-at-Large, Dr. Michelle Bartlett was selected as ACTER President Elect, and Dr. Mickey Kosloski received the Meritorious Service Award.

  • Dr. Helen Crompton served as a panelist at a symposium hosted by President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. Striking the Balance: AI Automation and Human Interaction in Teaching and Learning.

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate program ranked #5 for the 2023 - Best Online Graduate Certificates in Psychology Programs from CounselingPsychology.org.

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