Through education, research and community service, the College of Education and
Human Services strives to change the world. Our academic centers, clinics, initiatives
and programs not only offer professional experience for our students, but also
benefit our community and state. Our clinical facilities, alone, serve over 1,000
clients every year.
Research and Outreach in Action
Arts & Bots Program
Bringing science, engineering, and art together in local classrooms.
Arts and Bots is a project that stemmed from a Carnegie Mellon University CREATE
lab project. The project that CEHS faculty member, Jeffrey Carver, brings to
the table combines artistic building skills, engineering design skills,
and simple computer programming and mechanics to build a three-dimensional
art project that the students then animate using simple robotic components. According to Jeff Garvin, a teacher at Mt. View Elementary School where this
project took place, "A lot of students have never done any coding whatsoever
and within the first 30 minutes of working on scratch they're programming something...As
far as the robotics kids go, they showed up at 9 a.m. and by 10:15 they were
building simple robots". The project boasts 100% student engagement while collaborating
with peers and teachers to build their projects using the artistic, engineering,
programming, and mechanics skills they learn in the process.
Encouraging students to grow, in more ways than one.
North Elementary School students used to be spotted outside only during recess
or fire drills, but they now enjoy the outdoors by exploring budding garden
beds on their school grounds. Expanding the classroom to include the outdoors
was the vision of Jim Rye, a CEHS education professor and Monongalia County
WVU Extension Master Gardener, who recently helped to implement the new
garden-based learning program at North Elementary in Morgantown. With the
help of the WVU Extension Service, Monongalia County Technical Education
Center and North Elementary parents, teachers and volunteers, 13 raised
beds were constructed and planted on school grounds. Each grade level adopted
two beds, with one for the preschool class. So far, students have grown
eggplant, pear tomatoes, rainbow chard, tomatillos and more. To learn more
about Garden-Based Learning and S.T.E.M. Education, please visit the
S.T.E.M. Initiative website.
Hearts of Gold
Training service dogs to aid veterans.
If you’ve spent enough time on West Virginia University’s campus, chances
are you’ve spotted some four-legged friends mixed in with the student body.
This is the combined work of a local nonprofit organization called the
Human Animal Bond (HAB) and West Virginia University. The College of Education
and Human Services’ Dr. Margaret Glenn, associate professor and coordinator
of the Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Program,
has also joined the effort by researching the benefits of integrating service
dogs into the workplace.
HAB operates their Hearts of Gold service dog program to breed, train
and distribute service dogs to veterans who are living with the effects
of post-traumatic stress disorder and/or mobility limitations as a result
of their military service. In recent years, the Hearts of Gold Program
has become imbedded into the fabric of WVU, and students have become involved
in training service dogs for veterans in classes offered through the Davis
Student Athletes Speak Out
WVU student athletes work to change attitudes in WV.
Student Athletes Speak Out is a program that was started over two decades
ago by Dr. Carolyn Atkins, a CASE Professor of the Year in the Department
of Communication Sciences and Disorders. While enrolled in her
Effective Public Speaking course, student athletes develop inspirational
speeches on topics such as adversity, academics, athletics, or advice and
attitudes. After the speeches are developed in class, Dr. Atkins and
the WVU athletes travel around to area schools and children's hospitals to
interact with, and share their speeches and advice with, children in the
community. They also do a formal presentation of their speeches
at the WVU Coliseum for anyone in the community to attend.