Sligh-DeWalt, Jacobs receive research award at national conference

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

ORANGEBURG, SC – A paper submitted to the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER) by a SC State professor and graduate student received a research award.

Dr. Cassandra Sligh DeWalt, assistant professor in SC State’s Rehabilitation Counseling Department, and Shawanda Jacobs, a graduate student in the rehabilitation counseling program, submitted a paper on rehabilitation counseling issues at the Tenth Annual AAER Conference, Nov. 7-11, 2006. The paper was accepted for the AAER Research Award for 2006. Jacobs was also awarded an entire conference stay and a research award at the keynote presentation.

Dr. Sligh DeWalt, a conference keynote presenter, presented the topic, Mentoring in the College Environment. Sligh DeWalt; Dr. Christopher Mathis, 1890 research associate; Dr. George Hicks, associate professor of teacher education; and graduate students Oni Hassan McDade, counseling education and 1890 research intern; and Shawanda Jacobs also presented on several topics, including Mentoring: A Corporate or Academic Affair; Mentoring Persons with Disabilities; and Teacher Empowerment in the Decision Making Process as well as, Assessing Food Stamps Programs for the Hispanic population in South Carolina.

Faculty and graduate students from SC State’s Rehabilitation Counseling Department have a strong leadership presence in the national organization. Sligh DeWalt has served AAER as a board member, editorial committee member, and currently serves as co-director of geographical representatives and director of development. Jacobs serves as an AAER Graduate Fellow. Mathis and Hicks were chosen as peer reviewers for the AAER conference, and Mathis also served as a consultant on the evaluation committee at the conference.

Extending congratulations to the AAER presenters, SC State Title III Director Gloria Pyles said, “The award represents efforts and achievements for research and mentoring initiatives here at South Carolina State University.”

The Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER) works to actively generate interest in educational research, support sponsorship and funding of educational research, provide education and training in research methods and disseminate significant findings from educational research. AAER promotes excellence in educational research through scholarly presentation and exchange at its annual conference.