The Special Education program ranked 9th in the nation among special education programs in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The Rehabilitation Counseling program tied for 1st place. Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 14,000 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2007. While prospective students are urged to research course offerings and weigh different schools' intangible attributes, U.S. News's rankings can help prospective graduate students compare programs' academic excellence. U.S. News also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and many other areas, including selected health specialties (e.g.., rehabilitation counseling). These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts. The UW-Madison School of Education ranked 12th in the nation among over 200 schools of education.
AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS
The 2008 first place American Rehabilitation CounselingAssociation (ARCA) Research Award was presented to Gloria Lee (2003 Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology), Fong Chan (Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology) and Norman Berven (Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology) based on the article entitled “Factors affecting depression among people with chronic musculoskeletal pain: Astructural equation model” that was published in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2007. This article was based on the doctoral dissertation completed by Gloria Lee under Professor Fong Chan’s supervision.
The 2008 third place ARCA Research Award was presented to Malachy Bishop (2000 Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology), along with his co-authors D. Stenhoff and L.Shepard, for an article titled “Mental illness stigma and the fundamentalcomponents of supported employment” that was published in Journal of Rehabilitation in 2007.
The 2008 American Rehabilitation Counseling AssociationJames F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Researchwas awarded to Vilia Tarvydas (1987 Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology) in March, 2008. The award was established in 1988 recognizes excellence inrehabilitation research contributions over one’s career. Tarvydas is a professor and program coordinator for the graduate programs in rehabilitation in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development at the University of Iowa.
Four of the Ph.D. students in Rehabilitation Psychology - Yui-Chung (Jacob) Chan, John Keegan, Xi(Lisa) Zheng & Rene Gonzalez – were selected as the winners of the 2007Best Student Research Presentation at the 9th Annual Rehabilitation PsychologyConference in in Charlotte, NC. This honor, awarded to them by Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology)of the American Psychological Association & the Ohio State University, wasin recognition of their outstanding research presentation entitled "Social Stigma as Predictor of Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of People withDisabilities". In addition, a research presentation that included RP doctoral student, Joy Sasson, was awarded second best student research presentation!
Yun-Ching Chung and Shane Smith, both special educationdoctoral students in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and SpecialEducation, have been selected for participation in the Wisconsin (formerlySpencer) Doctoral Research Program (DRP). Yun-Ching and Shane have each beenawarded two consecutive years of participation in this program that willprovide them with extensive preparation for a career in research. Participationin this program is based upon 1) joint student and advisor interest andconsent; 2) application to the Doctoral Research Program; 3) approval by thestudent's department; and 4) acceptance by the Doctoral Research ProgramAdvisory Committee.
Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell (Professor, Special Education) received one of seven 2009 School of Education Distinguished Achievement awards. For more than 20 years, Prof. Hanley-Maxwell has provided selfless service and expertise to the field of special education, her department, the University, and especially her students. She has been instrumental in working with colleagues in Curriculum and Instruction to develop a proposal for dual certification and to present it to numerous committees and groups within her department and the School of Education. She has chaired her department twice, as well as served as area chair for special education. She has served as a special education consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and has had a significant presence in the delivery of special education services to Madison public schools. She participated in the development of a new Wisconsin-based program working with parents of AODA-involved youth being implemented by Wisconsin Family Ties and Project Fresh Light. Prof. Hanley-Maxwell’s teaching and mentoring activities have been a cornerstone to the success of the Special Education program. She has been influential in the professional and personal development of many of the nation’s top special education educators and researchers. She has been involved in the doctoral preparation of international students who have conducted ground-breaking qualitative research in their homelands.
Norm Berven (Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology) received a School of Education 30-Year Service Award, which honors School of Education faculty and staff who have worked for at least 30 years at the university. Norm's tireless dedication to the program for a little more than three decades has made him a pillar of the department. As chair of the Rehabilitation Psychology area, Norm has carried those administrative functions on his shoulders while continually engaging in scholarship, teaching and mentoring students, said RPSE Department Chair David Rosenthal. In addition to serving as area chair, Norm coordinates field-based practicum and internships for undergraduate and master's students. "He shows enduring commitment, works endless hours and somehow has the capacity to reach students on an extraordinary level," Rosenthal said. "He really knows the work environments to match students and enhances their marketability."
The UW-Madison Teaching Academy awarded a 2008 Teaching Academy Fellowship to Ruth Lynch (Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology), along with three other faculty members across campus. The fellowship recognizes faculty, academic staff and outreach instructors who demonstrate excellence in teaching and a commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning across campus. Lynch is committed to analyzing methods to enhance the professional development and supervision of rehabilitation counseling students. Her primary research and scholarly interests are related to the functional impact of medical conditions (especially chronic pain and traumatic brain injury) with special emphasis on program and outcome evaluation following rehabilitation interventions. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to promote and recognize excellence in teaching across campus. The academy encourages innovation, experimentation, dialogue and scholarship around issues related to teaching and learning.
2008-09 DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS
Jill Bezyak, “Stages of change and physical activity among individuals with severe mental illness”
Jeong Han Kim, “Virtue and character strengths, coping, and quality of life for people with chronic illness and disability”
Ana Pereira, “Self-awareness and prospective memory in persons with traumatic brain injury: contributions to career decision-making”
E. Joy Sasson, “An exploration of factors influencing participation, employment, and subjective well-being in individuals with multiple sclerosis”
Hyun-uk Shin, “Occupational status attainment and social mobility: differences between the working well and the working ill”
Robyn Allen-DeBoer, “Improving the fluency of elementary latino English language learners”
Amy Feiker, “Comprehensive in context: the facilitation of comprehension skills for students with learning disabilities by special educators nominated as effective”
Tonja Gallagher, “The effects of the duet reading strategy on oral reading fluency”