Dr. Bridget Hollis-Staten to Conduct University Design for Learning at Training Session

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Disability Enhancement Program at SC State University will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” Training Session at noon on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. The session will be held in the Fine Arts Center’s Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located on the campus of SC State University.

An initiative of the Disability Enhancement Program at SC State, the “Lunch and Learn” Training Session is designed to increase the awareness and support for faculty, staff and administrators as they meet the academic needs of students with disabilities. The program assists with the development, training and technical assistance of students, along with providing valuable and resourceful teaching methods to enhance student achievement.

The speaker for the “Lunch and Learn” Training Session will be Dr. Bridget Hollis-Staten, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at SC State University.  She will speak on the topic: “Universal Design for Learning.”  Hollis-Staten currently manages over $2.5 million in federal grants that focus on educating counselors in order for them to work with persons with disabilities in the State and Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service Systems. She is a contracted consultant for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she reviews various grants for funding.

Hollis-Staten’s primary areas of research include learning disabilities and accommodations, minority issues in counseling, and employment outcomes of persons with disabilities.  She teaches courses in foundations of rehabilitation, social and cultural aspects of counseling and practicum in rehabilitation. Hollis-Staten’s dissertation,  “A Comparison of the Career Decision-Making Skills of College Students with and without Learning Disabilities: Implication for College to Work Transition Services,” provided a platform for her research agenda which resulted in several research presentations, book chapters, and articles that focus on persons with disabilities.

Hollis-Staten is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Psychotherapy Association and National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Her mission is to motivate all students to be the best that they can be and to encourage them in their pursuit of a career. She also advocates for students with disabilities on the college campus. She serves on the editorial board for peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professoriate and the American Psychotherapy Association. Hollis-Staten is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a Board Certified professional counselor. She is also currently certified to teach Pre-K through fifth grade. 

Hollis-Staten received her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Albany State University, Master of Arts degree in rehabilitation counseling from SC State University, and a doctorate in rehabilitation and administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

For more information and to register for the “Lunch and Learn” Training Session, log onto http://www.scsu.edu/wconnect/ace/home.htm, or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.