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Celebration of Scholars

The CEHS Research Office invite all to attend the 2018 Celebration of Scholars event!

April 9, 2018
Erickson Alumni Center

Event Schedule:

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Student Research Poster Fair
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Faculty Ed Talks
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Sheridan
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Break
12:45 - 2:30 p.m. Documentary Screening with Director Q&A: Night School

Student Research Poster Fair

poster fair

Undergraduate and/or graduate students who are conducting undergraduate research projects, capstone projects, masters’ theses, or dissertation research – either independently or in collaboration with faculty members – will be presenting their research at the Student Research Poster Fair. Presentations will be evaluated, based on defined criteria, and the following awards will be given to the students with the best presentations:

  • Graduate Student Awards: First: $300; Second: $200; Third: $100
  • Undergraduate Student Awards : First: $200; Second: $100; Third: $50
  • Research Office Award for Best Oral Presentation of Poster: $200

All forms of educational, human services, and applied social sciences research are welcomed. Work presented elsewhere (i.e., other academic conferences and meetings) is also acceptable. ALL PRESENTATIONS MUST BE IN POSTER FORMAT. The registration deadline has passed for the 2018 Poster Fair.

To learn more, please visit the Student Research Poster Fair web page. 


Faculty EdTalks

Portrait of Dr. Matthew Campbell in white shirt and black tie

Dr. Matthew Campbell
Where Are All the Math Teachers?

Thirty-eight percent of grades 7 through 11 mathematics classrooms in West Virginia are staffed with “non-fully certified teachers.” In the wake of the state’s teacher work stoppage, continued attention to understanding and addressing the educator shortage in West Virginia is necessary, especially in the area of mathematics. Building on my research efforts in this space, I will highlight three areas of focus that help in identifying problems of and solutions to recruiting, preparing, supporting, and retaining qualified and effective mathematics teachers.

Dr. Alex Hollo in a burgandy shirt

Dr. Alex Hollo
Say What? Optimizing Instructional Communication in Classrooms (OICIC)

When teachers tell young children to “use your words,” they want them to replace unwanted behaviors with verbal behaviors. While most children quickly develop the sophisticated language skills needed to appropriately manage their behavior, some continue to use inappropriate behavior as a form of functional communication in school. When children fail to use language to follow directions, ask for clarification, or express emotions, teachers often perceive them as rude, lazy, inattentive, defiant, or non-compliant. I describe a promising strategy to help teachers and students recognize, repair, and improve communication problems, rebuild relationships, and prevent the behaviors that interfere with instruction and which create conflict in the classroom.

Portrait of Erin McHenry-Sorber in a black suit

Dr. Erin McHenry-Sorber
Challenges, Responsibilities and Opportunities for Today's Rural Educational Leaders

Rural communities have become a topic of great interest since the 2016 election, with attention given to the ways we might “fix” these places, credited with the rise of Trumpism. In reality, rural communities are far from homogenous—they are complex and diverse places, influenced by rapidly changing social and economic conditions. These shifting environments create new or exacerbate existing inequalities within and across communities, placing new challenges on the work of rural educational leaders. This Ed Talk captures these community transformations and discusses the need for a new vision of rural educational leadership. 

Dr. Chris Schimmel in a tan jacket and white shirt

Dr. Christine Schimmel
Taking the "G" Out of School Counseling

In the late 1950s, in response to the launching of Sputnik, public schools felt an urgent need to place professionals in our educational system that would guide students towards careers in STEM.  The guidance counselor was born.  In 2018, professional school counselors provide more than scheduling services and college application help. Today’s school counselor provides services that support improving student behavior, reducing racial disparities in AP and honor courses, and increasing graduation rates; and they do it across all programmatic levels, elementary, middle, and high school. Let’s talk about why taking the “G” out of school counseling makes schools better! 


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Susan Sheridan

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Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Director, National Center for Research on Rural Education
George Holmes University Professor & Willa Cather Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology

Since 1994, Susan Sheridan has had federal grants (funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) geared toward the establishment of effective relationships and partnerships for children and youth. She is particularly interested in relationships between parents and teachers, and identifying meaningful ways to establish home–school partnerships.

Sheridan’s primary grant work and research focus is in a model of service delivery known as “conjoint behavioral consultation” (also known as TAPP), focused on bringing parents, teachers, and other care providers together to develop constructive relationships and address concerns they share for children. She has published books in this and related areas, the most recent being “The tough kid: Teachers and parents as partners” and the second edition of the “Handbook of research in school consultation: Empirical foundations for the field,” co-authored with William Erchul. Additional research areas include family interventions, the development and generalization of effective social skills in children, and the role of parents in social skill development.

Sheridan is the past editor of School Psychology Review, the research journal of the National Association of School Psychologists, and past-president of the Society of the Study of School Psychology. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a doctorate in educational psychology.


Documentary Screening and Director Q&A

This year's Celebration of Scholars will end with a screening of the Night School documentary and a Q&A with the director, afterward.