Dr. Kelly Kelley, Associate Professor of Inclusive and Special Education in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning and co-director of the University’s University Participant Program, is the recipient of the Leadership in Higher Education Award at the 2017 State of the Art in Postsecondary Education Conference. The award recognizes Kelley’s national leadership in the area of postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was presented at the conference held in Syracuse, New York, on Nov. 15, with the suggestion that Kelley’s “unyielding emphasis on experience as a pathway to knowledge and inclusion” should be celebrated.
Dr. David Westling and Dr. Kelly Kelley, faculty members in the School of Teaching and Learning were awarded a five-year, $250,000 per-year grant. The funds, awarded from the U.S. Department of Education, will support a project titled “Roads to Learning and Earning: Preparing Personnel to Improve Post-School Outcomes” will focus on graduate level preparation of professional personnel from and for rural school districts in NC.
Susan Buchanan, UP Program, has earned Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification. This certification, recognized by the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst, helps her work with individuals with disabilities to find and maintain inclusive competitive employment opportunities.
Two groups of faculty across all three departments had grant proposals funded by the Provost’s Internal Grant program. These include Alvin Malesky and Cathy Grist for “A Cross-Disciplinary Assessment of the Effectiveness of Anti-Cheating Protocols Used by UNC System Institutions” and Kelly Kelly and David Westling for “Identification of Factors Associated with Successful Supported or Independent Community Living by Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.”
Kelly Kelley, Seb Prohn, and David Westling published an article titled “Inclusive Study Abroad Course for College Students with and Without Intellectual Disabilities” in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. The article focuses on the travel course that took students in the UP program to London and Dublin along with other WCU students.