Faculty

image: George Cyphers

Mr. George Cyphers

Instructor 405 White Hall

Area: TECH - RHAB

vita [pdf]

image: MaryAnn Devine

Dr. MaryAnn Devine

Associate Professor 316 White Hall

Area: FLA - RPTM

mdevine@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Mary Ann is an Associate Professor in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Sociology and Disability Studies. Her research interests are in the area of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in recreation, sport, and leisure services. Dr. Devine has conducted numerous studies examining aspects of the inclusion process such as social acceptance, social construction of disability, best practices, stigma, attitudinal barriers, and the application of the ADA in leisure settings. Recently, Dr. Devine has examined the role of inclusion in promoting healthy active living with individuals with disabilities and the role of social justice in the inclusion process. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in disability studies and community inclusion of people with disabilities in leisure services. Pedagogically, Dr. Devine is interested in exploring multi-dimensional barriers to inclusion from the student perspective. 

image: Phillip Rumrill

Dr. Phillip Rumrill

Professor 413 White Hall

Area: LDES - RHAB

prumrill@kent.edu

Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University.  He is also the Founding Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Employment Assistance Service, which provides vocational services and supports to people with multiple sclerosis across the United States.  Dr. Rumrill received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Keene State College in New Hampshire and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.  Since completing his doctorate in 1993, he has authored or co-authored more than 170 professional journal articles; 30 book chapters, monographs, measurement instruments, and training manuals; and 11 books.  He has also guest-edited 17 special issues of professional and academic journals in the fields of education and rehabilitation.  

Dr. Rumrill's direct service experience includes substance abuse counseling, academic advising, and accommodation planning with postsecondary students with disabilities, vocational guidance and career counseling with a variety of disability populations, and vocational expert services in civil litigation.  He has extensive experience writing and administering funded projects; he has had management roles on 26 Federal and private foundation grants whose total budgets exceed $13 million.  He is a highly sought speaker at national and international conferences in health care, social sciences, rehabilitation, and education, and he has received honors and recognition for his work from such organizations as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National TRIO Foundation, Ohio State University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Pittsburgh, the National Federation of the Blind, The University of Leeds Medical School in England, and the Arla Institute of Finland.  In 2005, Dr. Rumrill was named Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.  He was also the recipient of the 2010 Kent State University Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2011 University of Arkansas Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2012 Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award.

Dr. Rumrill’s research interests include issues facing students with disabilities in higher education, assistive technology and reasonable accommodations, chronic illness, the career development implications of disability, workplace discrimination, program evaluation, research design and methodology, and self-advocacy strategies for people with disabilities.  In his role as a faculty member at Kent State University, he teaches courses such as Occupational Aspects of Disability, Research in Disabilities, Introduction to Rehabilitation, Adjustment and Training Groups, Disability Management, Individual Counseling Techniques, Practicum, Internship, Psychosocial Impact of Disability, Medical Information for Rehabilitation Counselors, and Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.

image: Courtney Vierstra

Dr. Courtney Vierstra

Assistant Professor 405 White Hall

Area: LDES - RHAB

cvierstr@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

I earned my Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University in 2006. Prior to joining the Kent State Rehabilitation Counseling program, my professional background included direct service and managerial experience in working with people with developmental disabilities and traumatic injuries, job development and placement, case management, and vocational evaluation. My research interests include issues facing students with disabilities in higher education, emerging disabilities and rehabilitation implications, psychosocial and vocational implications of multiple chemical sensitivity, issues facing people with chronic illnesses, and disability legislation and policy.

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