We make a difference.
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
Collegiate Recovery Program
Supporting students in recovery.
The WVU Collegiate Recovery Program provides support for students in recovery from substance use disorders, disordered eating and other behavioral health conditions. Faculty and students of the Addiction Studies Minor become involved in the program's support system to aid in the recovery process.
Empowering teachers through engineering design.
Project TESAL, which stands for Teachers Engaged in STEM and Literacy, was devised by Bolyard, Curtis and Cairns in partnership with RESA III, the West Virginia Regional Education and Service Agency based in Kanawha County. Sponsored by the West Virginia Math-Science Partnership, Project TESAL provides teachers with hands-on workshops that demonstrate the utility of engineering design projects in math and science classrooms.
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, 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 College.
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.
To learn more or to view a speech archive, visit the Student Athletes Speak Out website.