Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability

Mission of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability

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 of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability


  • 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

  • Linda Earle bio

    Professor of Practice, Arts Administration
    Department of Art History
    Tyler School of Art
    Areas of Interest: Contemporary Art, institutional ethics, cultural equity & inclusion, managing change and artistic innovation, community engagement

  • 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

  • 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.

    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


For general information, please contact

Institute on Disabilities
1755 North 13th Street, Student Center Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA 19122
iod@temple.edu
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