Mr. George CyphersInstructor 405 White Hall
Area: TECH - RHAB
Dr. MaryAnn DevineAssociate Professor 316 White Hall
Area: FLA - RPTMmdevine@kent.edu
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.
Dr. Phillip RumrillProfessor 413 White Hall
Area: LDES - RHABprumrill@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. A nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, 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 173 professional journal articles; 31 book chapters, monographs, measurement instruments, and training manuals; and 11 books entitled The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Elder Care, New Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling, Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis (2 Editions), Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Rehabilitation and Health Care Professionals, Research in Rehabilitation Counseling (2 Editions) Research in Special Education (2 Editions), Occupational Neurology, and Emerging Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has also guest-edited 17 special issues of professional and academic journals in the fields of education and rehabilitation. Dr. Rumrill is a highly sought speaker at national and international conferences in health care, social sciences, rehabilitation, and education. He has delivered 311 addresses to consumer, professional, academic, and policymaking audiences over the past two decades.
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 28 Federal and private foundation grants whose total budgets exceed $16 million. From 2006-2011, he served as Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director of the Coordination, Outreach, and Research Center for the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, funded by the National Institute and Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Among Dr. Rumrill's current grants are a NIDRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project that examines th euse of Cognitive Support Technology among postsecondary students with traumatic brain injuries and a National Multiple Sclerosis Society-funded project examining the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the employment concerns of people with multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Rumrill has received honors and recognition for his work from such organizations as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National TRIO Foundation, and the National Federation of the Blind. He has held Distinguished Lecturer or Visiting Scholar appointments at the 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, the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and the Arla Institute of Finland. In 2005, Dr. Rumrill was named Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. In 2007, he was selected as a Delegate to the By the People Convocation sponsored by the Jim Lehrer Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. This forum brought together 47 national leaders from various disciplines to deliberate and discuss the rights and responsibilities that citizens have as participants in the American Democracy, and it resulted in a documentary film that aired nationally on PBS in 2008. Dr. Rumrill was also the recipient of the 2010 Kent State University Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2011 University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2012 Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award. His Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare won the Gold Medal in the Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Family and Relationship Books category.
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, Measurement and Appraisal, Individual Counseling Techniques, Practicum, Internship, Psychosocial Impact of Disability, Medical Information for Rehabilitation Counselors, and Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.
Dr. Courtney VierstraAssistant Professor 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - RHABcvierstr@kent.edu
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.