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December 18, 2014
New degree program responds to growing need - Christi Mathis
A new bachelor’s degree program in Behavior Analysis and Therapy offered by Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be the only such program in Illinois and one of only two in the nation. The undergraduate program will be available beginning in fall 2015. SIU has offered a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy for more than 40 years. However, as more people are diagnosed with autism and are sustaining brain injuries, the need for professionals is growing, according to Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, professor of behavior analysis and therapy.

December 17, 2014
Headrick named Associate Dean for Research and Statistical Analysis
Associate Dean for Research and Statistical Analysis Todd Christopher Headrick, was named the Associate Dean for Research and Statistical Analysis in the College of Education and Human Services.

December 12, 2014
Seasons Greetings
Happy Holiday wishes Keith B. Wilson, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services wish you season greetings!

December 02, 2014
Yang receives state recreation therapy award - Christi Mathis
Heewon Yang Several Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and faculty earned recognition at the recent Illinois Recreation Therapy Association annual conference with attendees from numerous surrounding states.

October 28, 2014
Revised elementary education program gains approval - Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The redesigned Elementary Education program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is among the first 10 university programs in the state to earn approval from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.

October 24, 2014
Training grant to assist social work students
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Graduate students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Social Work will soon have the opportunity to receive specialized trauma-based behavioral health training through paid fellowships.

October 15, 2014
Brown Bag Series returns with "An Introduction to MOOCs
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA-D Professor, Behavior Analysis and Therapy and Certified Online Instructor, Online Learning Consortium presents An Introduction to MOOCs Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Noon -1:00 PM in Wham 219

September 29, 2014
A free, for-credit online learning opportunity - Christi Mathis
A free, for-credit online learning opportunity is now available at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIU is offering its first Massive Open Online Course, better known as a MOOC. The course, Behavior Analysis and Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders, will debut during the spring 2015 semester.

September 17, 2014
Sims to present in ‘Spotlight Series’
Cynthia Sims, associate professor in Workforce Education and Development, will present, “Genderdized Lookism and Colorism Abroad,” at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 16, in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. The presentation is part of the “Diversity Wise Spotlight Series,” an event that showcases the inclusive excellence talents of faculty and staff.

September 14, 2014
College Welcomes Jodi Miley
Jodi Miley returns to the College of Education and Human Services as Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention.

August 17, 2014
College Connection
All College of Education and Human Services are invited to the College Connection on Wed. August 20th from 4 to 6 pm on the Wham building's front lawn.

July 09, 2014
College Connection - Alan Overton
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will host “College Connection” in front of the Wham Building from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Come and join us on the lawn for free food and music and see what your friends and classmates have been up to over the summer.

July 01, 2014
Dr. Shanell L. McGoy attends White House meeting on HIV
Dr. Shanell L. McGoy attended an invitation-only meeting on HIV in the Southern United States at The White House on June 18th. The meeting, hosted by the Office of National AIDS Policy Director Douglas M. Brooks, was an effort to highlight the geographic disparities of HIV in the South.

June 18, 2014
Mentoring new tenure-track faculty - Cathy Mogharreban
The mentoring program in the College of Education and Human Services is designed to promote the development of productive academic careers of new tenure-track faculty. The Dean of the college will match new tenure-track faculty members who choose to participate in the program with an Associate Professor or Professor to serve as a mentor. The program is entirely voluntary for both the mentor and the protégé.

June 16, 2014
New Illinois workNet Site Supports Displaced Workers - Alan Overton
The Southern Illinois University’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) has created a new set of tools to help workers throughout the state successfully transition to a new job or even a new career in the wake of a layoff. These tools are available to any state resident through the Illinois workNet website.

June 06, 2014
Seed Grant awarded
COEHS Seed Grant recipients are Lavern Byfield, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; collaborator, Cynthia Sims, associate professor of workforce development research are awarded seed grant money for their work "Teachers’ perception of bilingualism and dialectalism."

May 20, 2014
Faculty Member Joins Accreditation Review Team for Higher Learning Commission - Alan Overton
Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt has been asked to serve in the Peer Review Corp of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In this position, she will be responsible for examining educational institutions that have applied to the Association for accreditation, verifying their compliance with the association’s Criteria for Accreditation, and helping them advance their candidacy within the context of their individual missions.

May 13, 2014
COEHS Advisor Wins Inaugural Award for Excellence in Academic Advising - Alan Overton
As part of Southern Illinois University’s Advisor Day, the University’s Advisory Council on Academic Advisement honored the College of Education and Human Service’s Kimberly Little as the inaugural recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement. The award recognizes Ms. Little’s dedication and professionalism in her work with students, her collaboration with peers, and her involvement with the University community.

May 08, 2014
SIU commencement celebration and ceremonies - Pete Rosenbery
The second “Forever SIU: A Commencement Celebration” on Friday, May 9, will celebrate the members of the Class of 2014 and their families. Festivities are set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the SIU Arena parking lot. Three separate commencement ceremonies will be at the SIU Arena for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Commencement ceremonies are open to the public, and there is no ticket requirement. For the first time, each of the commencement ceremonies will be available via livestream at

May 08, 2014
Alumni Membership Gift
The SIU Alumni Association is offering one-year memberships as a gift to May graduates.

May 07, 2014
Demers juggles family, school to reach goal - Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The double life Denise Demers has been leading for the last four years will come to an end Saturday, May 10, when the Effingham woman earns her doctoral degree during commencement exercises at SIU Carbondale.

May 06, 2014
Teacher Education Program (TEP) earned high marks by the National Council on Teacher Quality. - Pete Rosenbery
Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Teacher Education Program (TEP) earned high marks in a recent independent review by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The University's undergraduate secondary-education program ranks in the top 9 percent of elementary and secondary programs in the nation reviewed by the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan group. SIU's program was among 105 university teacher education programs to make the organization's "honor roll" by earning a minimum three-star ranking out of a possible four stars. The program is also one of two from 19 Illinois colleges and universities whose undergraduate secondary-education programs were reviewed to earn three stars.

April 14, 2014
Understanding Common Core
Dr. Grant Miller talks to WSIL TV 3's Kevin Hunsperger about the recent changes to Core Curriculum Standards and discusses the impact of these changes for parents and students.

March 24, 2014
Gamblers have little help for treating addiction - Dustin Duncan
The lack of programs for gamblers is troubling to mental health professionals. Gamblers can usually only find treatment if they suffer from other addictions. Dr. Mark Dixon, coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at SIU said there just aren’t many options for of the area of the state.

March 18, 2014
COEHS Earns US News Recognition - Christi Mathis
Graduate programs in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Education and Human Services earned national recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s “2015 Best Graduate Schools” guide.

February 27, 2014
Explore Your Career Fair
The “Explore Your Career Fair” from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, is for students who need to know more about major courses of study. Representatives of every college on campus will be present to answer career-based questions about the more than 200 majors available at SIU.

February 24, 2014
Wilson earns rehabilitation research
Keith B. Wilson, dean of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Education and Human Services, is the recipient of the 2014 James F. Garret Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research.

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