Dean’s Notes: January 2014
Happy New Year and welcome back to each of our students, faculty and staff.
We begin this New Year extending congratulations to Dr. Amy Lederberg and Dr. Susan Easterbrooks on being promoted to the rank of Regents’ Professor. For both, this promotion is a result of decades of scholarship concerning individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. This accomplishment brings honor to these colleagues and to our college.
At the December faculty Coffee with the Dean, we had a wide-ranging discussion about various aspects of diversity in the college. To continue this dialogue, we will have a faculty Coffee with the Dean on this topic Feb. 18 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the COE Forum, room 1030.
Each member of the faculty received notice and supporting documents for this year’s College of Education faculty awards. Please note that for each of the five awards the due date for nominations is Feb. 10. This is the first year that we will be awarding a Distinguished Faculty of the Year which carries with it a $1,000 award. The awards will be presented at a Faculty Awards Luncheon on March 25.
We also want to extend congratulations to some of our faculty who have received grant funding recently:
- Dr. Donnie Davis’ grant proposal to develop behavioral coding measures of humility and to provide evidence of its social benefits was accepted by the Templeton Foundation. He and his colleagues theorize that humility: a) strengthens social bonds, b) buffers the negative impact of competitive traits on relationships, and c) is associated with better reactivity and recovery from stress. This will be the first attempt to study humility through observational methods.
- Dr. Eva van Leer received funding for her research on an interactive mobile iOS application for improving voice therapy outcomes. The app increases patient adherence to practice in behavioral voice therapy that limits treatment effectiveness. The app provides patients interactive voice quality feedback, reminds patients to practice, models individualized practice and records progress.
- Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore and her colleagues receive funding from the Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant Program to study using speech analysis to explore the clinical effectiveness of stress and depression assessment in adults with aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder resulting from brain damage impairing an individual’s ability to use, produce and comprehend language. The current study proposes a novel approach to identifying a diagnostic marker for stress and depression that can be captured in the speech signal and thereby provide healthcare professionals a tool to more accurately diagnose stress and depression in language impaired adults.
Our Professional Development Wednesdays Series for spring semester will begin February 5, so please mark your calendars to attend. As in the fall, we will continue to offer our Research Wednesdays talk, along with presentations and workshops from the Educational Research Bureau, Learning Technologies Division, and the educator preparation open forum. All Professional Development Wednesdays events will be held at 12 noon in the COE Forum (room 1030) unless otherwise noted.
We are looking forward to a busy yet productive semester. And I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming COE events.
Paul A. Alberto