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Congratulations Faculty - Summer 2013

Congratulations to Liza Conyers, Beverly Lindsay, Karen Murphy and Deirdre O'Sullivan.

Liza Conyers, associate professor of education, attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C., that officially celebrated the alliance that has been established between the National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Conyers co-founded NWPC, a group that focuses on helping people who live with HIV/AIDS. The alliance will emphasize reducing stigma and discrimination, cultivating training and employment opportunities, and improving financial well-being.

Beverly Lindsay, professor of education and senior scientist, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia at the University of Lampung (Lamung Province) and the Ministry of Education (Jakarta) during Fall 2013. Her fellowship will focus on university research and policy development in education and social sciences.

Karen Murphy, professor of education, has been awarded two grants. The first, in the amount of $412,989 from the Department of Education, is for research titled “Quality Talk: Developing Students’ Discourse to Promote Critical-Analytic Thinking, Epistemic Cognition, and High-Level Comprehension.” The second, in the amount of $1,222,960 from the National Science Foundation, is for research titled “Integrating Quality Talk Professional Development to Enhance Professional Vision and Leadership for STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools.”

Deirdre O’Sullivan, assistant professor of education, recently received awards from two organizations for the paper she wrote — “Five-Factor Model of Personality, Work Behavior Self Efficacy, and Length of Prior Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: An Exploratory Analysis.” The paper was published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. She earned first place in the National Rehabilitation Association Editor’s Choice Research Award. This award is given by editors of five of the leading journals in the rehabilitation field (Journal of Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, Journal of Applied Rehabilitation, Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal) in recognition of exceptional research in the field of social and psychosocial rehabilitation. She earned third place for the same paper in the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award.