Letter from the Chair: Fong Chan
This past year, my first as chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, has been filled with many exciting developments.
Taucia Gonzalez has joined the Department as an Assistant Professor and you can read more about her in this issue of the disAbility Advocate.
You can also read in this issue about how Assistant Professor Timothy Tansey is playing a leading role in two new major collaborative grants designed to improve vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities. He also is receiving the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s 2016 Researcher of the Year Award.
Susan Smedema has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. It’s always a pleasure to see faculty succeed and thrive in their areas of scholarly research and teaching interests.
In April, Assistant Professor Aydin Bal received the School of Education’s Community Engaged Scholar Award for his efforts to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning — scholarship at the very heart of the Wisconsin Idea. Similarly, Virginia Waddick, the Student Services Coordinator for the Department, received the Ann Wallace Distinguished Achievement Award for her essential contributions to both the Department and School of Education.
Professor Kimber Wilkerson received a Fulbright Fellowship last year and is currently conducting research in Turkey.
On a personal note, I was honored and humbled to be named the first Norman L. and Barbara M. Berven Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology following Norm and Barbara’s generous donation to the Department last year.
I certainly hope that you enjoy this issue of the disAbility Advocate. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of our Department, we thank you for your interest in the activities of the Department and welcome any comments or questions you may have on ways to engage you further.
-- Fong Chan,
Norman L. and Barbara M. Berven Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology,
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education