Recent Grants

Katrina Miller and Damara Paris, Counselor Education

Get the Heartland Working! Training Highly Competent Rehabilitation CounselorsU.S. Department of Education; 10/1/14-9/30/19; $184,548, year one of five-year grant.

This new five-year grant addresses a critical shortage of qualified personnel in rural Kansas and Nebraska by making rehabilitation education accessible online, reaching out to working human services paraprofessionals who want to advance in the field.  The project will implement a 48-credit hour, CORE-accredited, online master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling by recruiting 20 academically excellent scholars from rural Kansas and Nebraska, culminating in the placement of  highly competent rehabilitation counselors into state, federal, and community-based vocational rehabilitation counselor positions into the Heartland workforce.  Selected applicants will receive tuition and related supports throughout the course of study.  The Heartland proposal was developed by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty, coordinated by Dr. Katrina Miller with co-author Dr. Damara Paris, who will be joining the department of Counselor Education and serving as grant director in January 2015, Dr. Marj Bock, Special Education & Adaptive, and Dr. Jim Costello, Chair, Counselor Education.  Year one of the grant award is $184,548, with annual renewals through September 30, 2019.  The total grant award will bring $918,730 to the university.

Darla Mallein, Social Sciences

Using Primary Sources Collaboratively to Achieve Literacy Standards for Everyone  (UPSCALE) - Ks. Board of Regents; 2/1/14-9/1/15; $102,000.

To help teachers meet the challenges of implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards and their accompanying assessments, The UPSCALE project will provide professional development activities for thirty Emporia teachers from the following subject areas in grades 6-12:  social studies, English Language Arts, English Language Learners,and special education.  The grant project consists of summer workshops in June and July of 2014 with follow-up activities completed during contracted time throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  Workshop activities will include modeling and practice of inquiry-based instructional strategies that utilize primary sources, development of lesson plans and assessments aligned with the standards, and collaboration with colleagues across grade levels and subject areas as well as with university faculty. Follow up activities completed during the academic year will include implementing the lesson plans and assessments created during the summer workshops and/or creating additional lesson plans and assessments. Paul Bland is co-director.  Other university faculty who will be participating in the grant and serving as content specialists include Greg Schneider, Brian Miller, Deb Gerish, Kevin Kienholz, Manjula Shinge, and Kelly O'Neal Hixson.


Faculty Research & Creativity Committee grant awards