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Interesting Opportunity for Faculty

Posted: July 14th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce the opening of its 2012-2013 Fellowship competition. The Center awards approximately 20-25 academic year residential fellowships to individuals from any country with outstanding project proposals on national and/or international issues. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key challenges of past, present, and future issues confronting the United States and the world. Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional experience.  The Center also supports projects that intersect with contemporary policy issues and provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy issues.

Fellows are provided stipends (which include round trip travel), private offices, Windows based personal computers, loan privileges with the Library of Congress, and part-time research assistants.

For more information and application guidelines please contact the Center at:
Tel: 202-691-4170; Fax: 202-691-4001; E mail: fellowships@wilsoncenter.org.
You can apply online or download the application from the Center’s website at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowshipapplication/

Deadline: October 1, 2011


Universal Design for Learning Conference – Faculty Opportunity

Posted: May 20th, 2011 by Megan Griffith


The Universal Design for Learning team is hosting their second annual conference June 2nd & 3rd here at UVM.
The Dean has been asked to nominate interested faculty attending the conference for an award of $500 for UDL
related technology and to have their conference registration covered by CTL. Acceptance of the technology and free registration will signal an agreement to work beyond the conference with CTL to implement the technology in the recipient’s classroom.

If you are interested, please respond to me Susan.Comerford@uvm.edu by May 25, 2011. In your email, please indicate what you are already doing with UDL in your classroom or how you intend to utilize UDL in your classroom. The Dean will then send this information off to our colleagues at CTL who will make the final decisions on attendees.

Thank you for all your hard work this year.


Better Learning By Design Conference

The University of Vermont, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Project invites you to attend “The Second Annual Better Learning by Design” conference on June 1st-2nd at the Dudley H. Davis Center: University of Vermont. This two day conference gathers nationally known experts and offers the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the theory and application of UDL principles. As defined by The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 Section 103(a)(24), UDL is a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that provides for flexibility in the ways:

  • Information is presented
  • Students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and
  • Students are engaged in the content

UDL practices reduce the barriers in instruction, provide appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintain high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient. (Section 103(24).”

Conference Keynote Sessions are designed to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the neuroscience of learning
  • Expand your pedagogical repertoire to include UDL principles and practices
  • Enhance your knowledge of instructional technology applications that support student learning

Workshop sessions will include a wide variety of practical applications of UD and UDL including:

  • UDL in college dissemination and communication
  • instruction for all
  • technological applications
  • self-advocacy, and
  • specific accommodations that benefit more than just persons with disabilities.


David Rose, Ed.D.

Dr. David Rose helped to found The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) with a vision of expanding opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, through the innovative development and application of technology. David specializes in developmental neuropsychology and in the universal design of learning technologies. He lectures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. David is the principal investigator for two national centers to develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. David received his Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Skip Stahl

Skip Stahl is a nationally recognized expert in accessible digital materials and Universal Design for Learning. Skip has extensive experience in the development of technical standards related to accessible instructional materials, technical assistance to states, and professional development for educators.

Skip is the Director of the federally funded NIMAS Center, where he leads a national initiative implementing the transformation of K-12 textbooks into specialized accessible formats for students with print disabilities. In addition to his leadership of the NIMAS Center, Skip works with education and instructional materials policy advocates to assure that instructional materials are accessible, appropriate and readily available to all students.

He has consulted with software and curriculum publishers in accessible product design, is a nationally recognized conference presenter, and the author of over twenty-five articles and book chapters published in peer-reviewed, popular, and trade publications. In addition, he is a consultant for a number of national K-12 and higher education initiatives focused on Universal Design for Learning and accessible instructional materials.


Blackboard Jungle Roundtable Discussion Invitation

Posted: January 27th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

Dear CESS Faculty

I will be co-sponsoring, in collaboration with Dean Patricia Prelock, a breakfast roundtable discussion as part of the Blackboard Jungle.  The facilitator will be Dr. Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., the luncheon keynote speaker for the BBJ.  His talk is titled, “Leading a Culture of Service Excellence to Students from Diverse Backgrounds.” Dr. Robinson is the current President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Washington, DC; is the Director for the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders in the Children’s Hearing and Speech Center at Children Hospital in Washington, D.C.; and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The breakfast roundtable is scheduled for Friday, March 25 from 8:00 – 9:30am at the Dudley H. Davis CenterPlease RSVP your interest in attending as my guest to Kelly.Circe@uvm.edu by March 1.

For more information on Blackboard Jungle, please go to http://www.uvm.edu/president/diversity/blackboardjungle/

Fayneese Miller

CESS Research Council- Friday Brown Bag Research Series

Posted: January 27th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

The CESS Research Council is pleased to announce a Friday Brown Bag Research Series.
We welcome all of our faculty, staff, and doctoral students to bring completed
research, research-in-progress, and ideas or dilemmas for consultation to our
Brown Bag gatherings. The format will be to focus on two projects per session. Research
Council members will solicit participation and facilitate the brown bag sessions.

January 28, 2011, 11:30 – 12:30, Faculty Senate Conference Room (Larry Shelton)
February 25, 2010, 11:30 – 12:30, Faculty Senate Conference Room (Suzy Comerford)
March 25, 2011, 11:30 – 12:30, Faculty Senate Conference Room (Sean Hurley)
April 15, 2011, 11:30 – 12:30, Faculty Senate Conference Room (TBD)

We look forward to seeing you there!

2011 UVM Student Research Conference

Posted: January 26th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

Co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Graduate College
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
8:00am – 4:00pm, Davis Student Center, 4th Floor

On-Line Application Forms Now Available @ uvm.edu/~uvmsrc

Applications and Abstracts Due: 5:00 PM Friday, February 18, 2011

Eligibility: All students working on a research or creative project with a UVM faculty member are eligible to present some aspect of their research at this forum. Research and creative projects at any stage of completion are welcome. The event also serves as a resource for students who are not yet involved with research but wish to learn about how to engage in research pursuits.
Abstract Workshops for Students: Your application form requires submission of an abstract. If you need help, UVM will be holding two abstract writing workshops specifically designed to support student SRC applications.   Please click on dates below to register for a workshop and/or get additional registration information:
* SRC Abstract Workshop on Wednesday, February 9th, 12:45PM-1:45PM
* SRC Abstract Workshop on Thursday, February 10th, 1:00PM-2:00PM
The workshops will:
* help you learn more about the April conference and how you can participate
* show you how to write a brief, yet compelling and comprehensive, proposal
* provide hands-on help from Writing Center staff to help you get started
Workshops are co-sponsored by the UVM Writing in the Disciplines Program, Bailey/Howe Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
If you have any questions about the 2011 SRC, please send an e-mail to uvmsrc@uvm.edu or call Andrea Elledge at 6-8867.

We Look Forward to Your Participation!

Statistical Consulting Information

Posted: January 26th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

Do you need statistical help with your research?

The Statistical Consulting Clinic can assist you at all stages
of your research including experimental design and sample size
calculations, selecting appropriate statistical methodology, and
helping with statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, and
JMP.  The clinic is free to all UVM students, faculty, and staff and
is supported by the Division of Libraries and Learning Resources
and the Statistics Program in the College of Engineering and
Mathematical Sciences.  For more information or to request assistance,
visit our web site at:


Alan B. Howard

Statistical Software Support & Consulting Services

115 Bailey-Howe Library – University of Vermont
538 Main St. – Burlington, VT  05405-0036
abh@uvm.edu – (802)656-2009

Academic Research Funding Strategy Seminar – Harvard University, March 2-3, 2011

Posted: January 26th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

The North American Program Planning and Policy Academy (NAPPPA) will be sponsoring an Academic Research Funding Strategy Session at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on March 2 – 3, 2011.  Interested science, technology, and medical professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. Please forward, post, and distribute this e-mail to your colleagues and listservs.

For more information call (800) 649-6522 or visit The NAPPPA website at http://www.napppa.org.

Please find the program description below:

As a response to increased demand and competition for academic research funding support and training, as well as the high cost of many programs, we offer this two day strategy session through the proposal writing and development process. This strategy features two modules: 1) Practicum I: Focusing on the format and structure of the successful research funding proposal, this module provides attendees with an overview of each part of the research funding proposal, avenues for researching available grant programs, and concludes with fundamental proposal writing techniques. 2) Practicum II: Drawing from practical exercises and techniques developed in Practicum I and the Pre-Session coursework, participants are guided through the completion of a Research Funding Dossier, which acts as the culminating work product of the session.
This session is ideal for the researcher with a targeted program, but is equally effective for those who can identify their research interests. Completion of the Pre-Session Interview and Assignments is essential to program success and value.

Academic Research Funding Strategy Session  will cover the following topics:

* Fundamentals of the Research Funding Proposal Process
* Basic Elements of the Standard Research Proposal
* Essentials of Researching Funding Opportunities
* Types of Research Funding Opportunities
* Online Tools and Traditional Publications for Research
* Successful Proposal Writing Techniques
* The Do’s and Don’ts of Proposal Writing
* The Strategic Grant Acquisition Effort

Tuition for this two day strategy session is $398.00.

Strategy Session Registration

1. Participants tentatively reserve a seat online at www.napppa.org, by calling the Program Office toll-free at (800) 649-6522, or by sending their name and contact information via email to

2. A confirmation email is sent to registrants that includes session site information, travel information, program description, and details on how to confirm attendance and make payment arrangements. An invoice and agency W9 is also included.

3. Upon attendance confirmation, registrants will receive (usually via email) a Pre-Session packet that will include 1) a Pre-Session Interview, 2) A Pre-Session Reading Packet, 3) Three exercises to be completed, 4) a Session Agenda and Schedule, and 5) a receipt.

Serving and Learning from Our New Neighbors in a Multicultural Environment

Posted: January 26th, 2011 by Megan Griffith

A unique conference sponsored by UVM’s College of Education and Social Services for student practitioners, faculty, and professionals across disciplines who work with Vermont’s immigrant and refugee communities.”

Wednesday February 16, 2011

3:30-7:00 PM

UVM  Davis Center, Silver Maple Ballroom

Vermont has become home to more than 5,000 refugees and other immigrants during the past 30 years.  Our new neighbors often arrive here as English language learners who are not yet familiar with American culture. Whether or not immigrants choose to come to the US, their first experiences here can be overwhelming and challenging.  This often involves contact with service providers and educators who are well meaning but might not know about their culture of origin, needs, or how to best help.

On February 16, 2011 students, faculty, and community professionals in education, social work, and counseling will have the opportunity to learn directly from the diverse voices of Vermont’s immigrants, refugees, and English language learners at Serving and Learning from Our New Neighbors in a Multicultural Environment. This is the second annual Symposium on Diversity and Intercultural Awareness sponsored by UVM’s College of Education and Social Services (CESS) Dean Fayneese Miller, UVM Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Wanda Heading Grant, the Committee on Diversity Initiatives, and Dr. Janet Bossange and the University Committee on Teacher Education. It will take place on Wednesday February 16, 2011 3-7 PM at UVM’s Davis Center, and is open to all.

Conference Goals:

  • To increase awareness about the experience of refugees, immigrants, and English language learners,
  • To recognize the diversity of voices within our community, and
  • To honor refugee, immigrant, and English language learner stories without imposing the cultural values of the majority.

Students, faculty, and community professionals are all invited to attend. The conference will open with a keynote talk by L. Michelle LeBaron, Professor of Law and Director of the University of British Columbia Program on Dispute Resolution. Professor LeBaron specializes in cross cultural conflict and resolution.  Following this, a group of panelists with diverse experiences as voluntary immigrants or refugees will share their stories of living and working in Vermont.  After these presentations, students, faculty, and professionals will have the opportunity to break into groups to discuss community based professional practice concerns. The afternoon’s events will be enriched with the music of the West African band “Africa Jamono” (Africa New Generation) and some refreshments.

Serving and Learning from Our New Neighbors in a Multicultural Environment is free of charge and open to all UVM students and faculty, as well as community professionals. No advanced registration is required. Certificates of attendance will be available for some professional groups who require CEU’s for professional licensing requirements.  For more information about the conference, please contact Cynthia Reyes at creyes@uvm.edu.

CESS Faculty Receive Fulbright Awards – April 2010

Posted: June 22nd, 2010 by Christine A. Caswell

CESS is pleased to announce that two of its valued faulty members have been named as recipients of 2010 Fulbright Awards! In April 2010 Associate Professor, Richard Greggory Johnson, III was awarded the Fulbright to Hong Kong and Associate Professor, Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin was awarded the Fulbright to China. Please join us in congratulating Professor Johnson and Professor Gerstl-Pepin on this wonderful academic achievement! We wish them the best as they continue to engage in academic scholarship both here and abroad!

NCATE & ROPA Accreditation On-Site Evaluations

Posted: June 22nd, 2010 by Christine A. Caswell

Message from Fayneese Miller, Dean of the College of Education & Social Services:

I am pleased to report that the ROPA and NCATE on-site reviews went extremely well. Our programs are viewed as models for both the nation and the state. I thank all involved in preparing our students to be highly effective educators, and those who worked so hard to prepare the reports and make sure that all aspects of the visit (e.g. technology, hospitality, interviews, portfolio presentations, etc.) were at the highest level possible. I am honored to work with you and humbled by your dedication and commitment to excellence. Thank you.

Fayneese Miller


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