Communication Takes Care: In recognition of the AAC Leadership Project

AACLeadershipProject2016CollageIt is always important to take opportunities to celebrate success.

The PSU AAC Leadership Project has seen an outstanding combination of hard work, intellectual creativity, commitment, and perseverance.   Here are just a few of the many examples that provide clear evidence of the high quality of the AAC doctoral scholars at Penn State, and what has been achieved together:

– 100% of the doctoral scholars are involved in research projects to advance understanding and improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.
– To date, the doctoral scholars have presented a total of 89 peer-reviewed papers at state, national, or international conferences, with a further 15 papers submitted for presentation at leading national conferences.
– The doctoral scholars have a total of 26 papers resulting from their research published in peer-reviewed journals or submitted for publication, with as many currently in preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
– The doctoral scholars have submitted a total of 6 grants to date to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.
– 100% of the doctoral scholars have completed or are in the process of completing mentored teaching experiences.
– They have taught two or more courses per doctoral scholar,  averaging about 140 students taught per doctoral scholar to date.
– 3 of the doctoral scholars have graduated to date and a further 4 are on track to graduate in 2016. All 7 of these graduates have secured employment as university faculty conducting research, research-based teaching, and evidence-based service delivery to improve services and results for individuals who require AAC and their families.

Truly:  Wow!  Huge congratulations to the doctoral scholars who have made this happen!

It is amazing to think about the collective impact towards advancing knowledge and improving practice in so many areas – language development, literacy learning, emergent literacy/ story book reading, AAC system design, emotional development, transitions, social media, peer interactions, play, comprehension, language input, vocabulary learning, family-centered services/ family systems theory, advocacy and societal issues, parent /partner training, professional training, AAC assessment, service delivery, implementation science, and the work continues!

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