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Temple University's Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability

Mission

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability (IFC) is to foster collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking. By connecting with one another, Council members help build community among the growing number of people at Temple whose work engages with disability.

The Council consists of approximately 30 faculty and staff from 17 programs and nine Colleges and Centers across the University, including the College of Education, Institute on Disabilities, College of Liberal Arts, Tyler School of Art, College of Health Professions and Social Work, School of Media and Communication, School of Medicine, Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts, and Disability Resources and Services.


Members

Kristin Berg, Ph.D. bio

klberg@temple.edu
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: violence, social exclusion, social disparities, community based interventions

Rob Blackson bio

robert.blackson@temple.edu
Director of Exhibitions, Tyler School of Art

Debra Blair, Ed.D. bio

dblair@temple.edu
Director of Assessment and Associate Professor of Instruction
Sports and Recreation Management, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management

Joseph R. Boyle, Ph.D. bio

Joseph.boyle@temple.edu
Associate Professor, Special Education
Psychological, Organizational, & Leadership Studies
College of Education
Areas of interest: teaching students with learning disabilities; interventions in note-taking, reading, and writing

Eric Brunner, Ed.D.

eric.brunner@temple.edu
Assistant VP, Department of Learning and Development, Human Resources

Ann Elizabeth Dolloff, M.Ed., CTRS bio

ann.dolloff@temple.edu
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: Community integration, adapted recreation, youth development, assistive technology, disability culture

Jeffrey Draine, Ph.D. bio

jetpak@temple.edu
School of Social Work
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: rehabilitation, empowerment and recovery-oriented services, the criminal justice system, behavioral health

Sarah Drury, M.P.S. bio

sdrury@temple.edu
Department of Film and Media Arts
Center for the Arts
Areas of interest: video/sound installation, performance, sensing technologies, narrative, play

Thomas Edwards, DPS bio

tve@temple.edu
Associate Professor, Engineering Management, College of Engineering
Areas of interest: effective management of neurodiverse employees, inter-organizational learning in a Corporate Venture Capital investment and entrepreneurial success, engineer transition to managers

Celia S. Feinstein, M.A. bio

celia.feinstein@temple.edu
Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities
College of Education
Areas of interest: intellectual/developmental disability, self-advocacy and leadership for families and individuals, program evaluation of family support services

Kate Fialkowski, M.T.S. bio

kate.fialkowski@temple.edu
Director of Academic Programs, Institute on Disabilities
College of Education
Areas of interest: history of disability rights movement/developmental disabilities, history of IDEA and PARC v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, autonomy and dependence, ethics in supported and surrogate decision making

Catherine Fiorello, Ph.D. bio

cfiore02@temple.edu
Department Chairperson, Psychological Studies in Education
College of Education
Areas of interest: Cognitive assessment, fairness of assessment across cultural and linguistic groups, diversity issues in school psychology, diagnostic assessment

Beverly Frantz, Ph.D. bio

beverly.frantz@temple.edu
Criminal Justice Project Director
Institute on Disabilities, College of Education
Areas of interest: The intersection of disabilities, the criminal justice system, and sexuality; educating students

Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, FAHA, FACP, FASN

Crystal.Gadegbeku@TUHS.temple.edu
Chief, Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Nora Jones, Ph.D. bio

Nora.Jones@temple.edu
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy
Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Areas of interest: urban bioethics, medical education, medical anthropology

Lisa Kay, Ed.D. bio

lisakay@temple.edu
Chair, Art Education and Community Arts Practices
Tyler School of Art
Areas of interest: art education, art therapy, narrative storytelling, resilience, art making and adolescent girls who have experienced trauma, arts-based research methods

Dustin Kidd, Ph.D. bio

dkidd@temple.edu
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
Director, Intellectual Heritage
College of Liberal Arts
Areas of interest: popular culture and art, disability representations and disability activism online

Richard Lauer, Ph.D. bio

rich.lauer@temple.edu
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: adults and children with cerebral palsy, balance and posture, locomotor adaptation, somatosensory feedback

Beth Levine, M.S., CCC-SLP bio

beth.levine@temple.edu
Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: clinical education and services, speech and language pathology

Joshua Lukin, Ph.D.

joshua.lukin@temple.edu
First Year Writing Program, Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
Areas of interest: disability studies, U.S. fiction since 1945, social issues in literature

Wendy Magee, Ph.D. bio

wmagee@temple.edu
Music Therapy
Boyer College of Music and Dance
Center for the Arts
Areas of interest: music therapy practice in neurology and rehabilitation, treatment methods and measurement tools, assistive technologies for music-making, queer identity

Wendy Osterweil, M.F.A. bio

www.wendyosterweil.com
Art Education, Tyler School of Art
Center for the Arts
Areas of interest: community arts, printmaking, fiber art

Jo-Ellen Ross, Ph.D. bio

jross@temple.edu
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Public Health
Areas of interest: the meaning of leisure for persons with disabilities and their families; community inclusion through recreation, leisure, and play; and efficacy of therapeutic recreation interventions. Additionally, she is very interested in program development and evaluation as well as disabilities issues, life satisfaction, quality of life, overall wellness, and assistive technology.

Mark Salzer, Ph.D. bio

mark.salzer@temple.edu
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Public Health
Director, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion
Areas of interest: psychiatric disabilities, community inclusion, community mental health and rehabilitation services

Jeremy Schipper, Ph.D. bio

schipper@temple.edu
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Department of Religion, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of interest: the Hebrew Bible, biblical narrative, disability in biblical and related ancient Near Eastern texts

Gerald Silk, Ph.D. bio

gsilk@temple.edu
Art History, Tyler School of Art
Center for the Arts
Areas of interest: modern and contemporary art, censorship, portraiture, Italian modernism, the Sixties, technological iconography, animal and human rights and ethics in art

Michael W. Smith, Ph.D. bio

mwsmith@temple.edu
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Faculty Affairs
Office of the Dean, College of Education
Areas of interest: teaching and learning literature and composition, adolescents' in and out of school literacies, boys and school achievement

Aaron Spector, M.Ed.

spectora@temple.edu
Director, Disability Resources and Services
Division of Student Affairs
Areas of interest: cultures of inclusion for students with diverse abilities, direct support, University-wide accessibility

Gretchen Snethen, Ph.D., CTRS bio

gsnethen@temple.edu
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Public Health
Areas of interest: Community participation of adults with serious mental illnesses, barriers and facilitators of participation, active transportation, leisure

David J. Thomas, PH.D

david.thomas@temple.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
English (First Year Writing Program), College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Interest: Disability Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, Sociology of Education, Higher Education, Disability Law and Compliance, Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Research Design, Crosslinguistic Qualitative Research, Linguistic Agency, Deaf Culture, and the Intersection of Sexuality and Disability

S. Kenneth Thurman, Ph.D. bio

kenneth.thurman@temple.edu
Professor of Special Education
Psychological, Organizational, & Leadership Studies
College of Education
Areas of interest: early Intervention, families, ecological models of service delivery, infant and preschool development, spirituality

Matt Tincani, Ph.D. bio

tincani@temple.edu
Associate Professor, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
Psychological, Organizational, & Leadership Studies, College of Education
Areas of interest: learners with autism spectrum disorder, applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support

Betsy Leebron Tutelman, Ph.D. bio

betsy.tutelman@temple.edu
Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Communications
Professor of Media Studies and Production,
School of Media and Communications
Areas of interest: campus-wide initiatives and leadership, entrepreneurship

Shannon Walters, Ph.D. bio

shannon.walters@temple.edu
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
Areas of interest: rhetoric and composition, disability studies, women's studies, science and technology, critical animal studies, graphic narrative

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Ph.D. bio

kimmika.williams-witherspoon@temple.edu
Associate Professor of Urban Theater and Community Engagement
Department of Theater, Film and Media Arts, Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts
Areas of interest: playwriting, spoken word, anthropology, African-American theater


Programs

2017

Disability and Change IV: Representation in the Arts and Media
March 2017
Symposium overview, schedule, and speakers


2016

Disability and Change III: Meaningful Life, Multiple Roles
March 2016
Symposium overview, schedule, and speakers


2014-2015

Disability and Change: Fault Lines, Intersections & Action
March 2015
Symposium overview, schedule, and speakers


2013-2014

Two hands-on Workshops
with Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed
on "Disability and Change"
March 2014
Center for the Humanities
Main Campus, Temple University, Philadelphia

These two hands-on Saturday workshops explored the ideas of transition, dis/ability, and change through theater games and storytelling exercises based in the Theatre of the Oppressed tradition first developed by Brazilian theater director and popular educator Augusto Boal.

For more about Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed and the T.O. method: http://tophiladelphia.blogspot.com/


Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service