Whitney J. Smith of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara was named the recipient of the 2010-11 Office of the President Community College Research Assistantship. Smith is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education’s Special Education Disability and Risk emphasis. The RAship is open to doctoral students within the Gevirtz School who are currently employed in a community college setting, are on leave from a community college position, and/or are intending to seek employment in community college administration at the completion of their program. The Assistantship provides a $17,000 stipend (given to Gevirtz School by the state).
Smith’s primary interest is in studying and implementing programs for college students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her preliminary work in this area has been extraordinarily successful and is leading to numerous publications and conference presentations. The focus of her work at the internationally acclaimed Koegel Autism Center is on developing and implementing both social and academic programs to help students with disabilities to succeed in community college programs, with the hope that many of these students may be able to ultimately attend four-year university programs.
[Whitney J. Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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