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Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.  He is the author of seven books to date : Marginal Forces / Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon (Cornell University Press, 1992); Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics (Verso, 1994); Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (Pantheon, 1996; paper edition, Vintage, 1998); The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (New York University Press, 1998); What ' s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and “ Bias ” in Higher Education (W. W. Norton, 2006); Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities (University of North Carolina Press, 2006); and The Left at War (New York University Press, 2009). He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (Blackwell, 2004), and, with Cary Nelson, of Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (Routledge, 1995). Bérubé has written essays for a wide variety of academic journals such as American Quarterly , the Yale Journal of Criticism , Social Text , Modern Fiction Studies , and the minnesota review , as well as more popular venues such as Harper's , the New Yorker , Dissent , The New York Times Magazine , the Nation , and the Boston Globe . Life As We Know It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year (on a list of seven) by Maureen Corrigan of National Public Radio.

Kathleen M. Collins is an Assistant Professor of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.  Her program of research examines the contextual factors and interactional processes that contribute to school success and school failure.  She is the author of Ability Profiling and School Failure: One Child’s Struggle to be Seen as Competent (2003) and the forthcoming Ability Profiling Reconsidered. Kathleen’s work has appeared in Young Children, Teachers College Record, Urban Education, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Learning Disabilities Quarterly, and English Journal.

Liza Conyers is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education.  Her research interests include the investigation of career development theory and vocational rehabilitation on the economic, mental, physical and public health outcomes of individuals with chronic illness and HIV/AIDS. Disability studies and the psychosocial aspects of disability including the examination of cultural views of disability on case conceptualization, intervention and disability affirmative multicultural counseling. The integration of the recovery model in mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation counseling services. Developing counselors’ advocacy skills related to advancing the counseling profession and increasing access to services central to economic advancement and well-being of people living with mental and other chronic illnesses and/or disability.

John Dattilo is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at the Pennsylvania State University where he teaches about developing inclusive leisure services. Much of his research examines effects of interventions designed to enhance self-determination of people with disabilities relative to their leisure participation. John also solicits input from individuals with disabilities via interviews and observations to better understand their perceptions and to develop services based on their stated and observed interests and needs. He has presented his research in several books including Inclusive Leisure Services (2nd edition), Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (2nd edition), Leisure Education Program Planning: A Systematic Approach (3rd edition), and Leisure Education Specific Programs, that are all published by Venture Publishing In total, he has written 10 books and 24 separate book chapters, over 120 articles with more than 100 that are in refereed journals and a total of 50 research abstracts.

Greg Eghigian is an Associate Professor of History.  He writes and teaches on the history of madness and mental illness, the history of disability, and the history of the human sciences.  He is one of the editors of h-madness (, a scholarly blog that follows the history of mental health and psychiatry.  He is the co-editor and author of numerous books, most recently From Madness to Mental Health: Psychiatric Disorder and its Treatment in Western Civilization (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Charles R. Garoian is Professor of Art Education and former Director of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University. His writings are found in journals and anthologies on art and education, and his books include Spectacle Pedagogy: Art, Politics, and Visual Culture (SUNY, 2008) with Yvonne Gaudelius, and Performing Pedagogy: Toward an Art of Politics (SUNY, 1999). He is currently researching and writing a book entitled The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art: Embodied Research and Practice. Garoian has performed and lectured in colleges, universities, galleries, and museums nationally and internationally, and received significant awards for his research and creative projects. He has served on the editorial review boards of several journals including the International Journal of Education and Art, Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, the journal Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Social Research in Art Education.

Keith Jervis joined the Office for Disability Services at Penn State University in the fall of 2007 as the Disability Specialist assigned to the Penn State Campuses.  In this role, Keith assists the Penn State Campuses to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and to develop an inclusive environment for students with disabilities.  From 1997 to 2006, Keith was the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Coordinator of Disability Services at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  Keith’s previous experience includes over nineteen years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the state/federal Vocational Rehabilitation program for the states of New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania.  His initial experience working with students having learning disabilities included experience as a faculty member at the Landmark School, a nationally recognized school for students with learning disabilities.  Keith has a M.Ed. from Penn State University in Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Counseling and a B.A. from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Janet Lyon is an associate professor of English; Science, Technology & Society; and Women's Studies. Her scholarship focuses mainly on modernism, and especially its historical, sociological, and philosophical contexts in Ireland, Great Britain, and the global reaches of the British empire. Her first book, Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern, offers a history and a theory of the manifesto form, beginning in 1640 and focusing on its use by modernist and avant-garde groups. She is completing a book titled The Perfect Hostess: Sociability and Modernism, which studies the salons, at-homes, wild parties, pub crawls, and tea-house poetry groups in the modernist moment. She also works in Disability Studies, focusing especially on the emergence of "disability" as a category in the modernist period. Her articles have appeared in Modernism/modernity, ELH, Yale Journal of Criticism and other journals in the field. She is an editor of Journal of Modern Literature. She is on the faculty of Penn State's summer study abroad program in Ireland. Her most recent teaching award is the Penn State Alumni and Student Teaching Award (2010).

Deirdre O’Sullivan teaches in the department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University.  Her research interests are related to the developmental processes and experiences that contribute to work outcomes for persons living with chronic illness or disability. Specifically, her research is structured around reducing barriers to life outcomes, including employment, that result from negative identity development related to disability.  She has clinical, teaching, and research experience related to vocational outcomes for persons with disabilities at risk of experiencing underemployment and unemployment.  She is committed to finding improved methods to reduce the unemployment and underemployment rates for persons living with and/or recovering from chronic illness and disability.

Scott Michael Robertson, an autistic adult, is a national disability rights advocate and a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in information sciences and technology at Penn State University. He graduated summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor's degree in computer science and earned a master's degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. Scott currently serves as Vice Chair of Development of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit he co-founded in 2006), as a Council Member on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He is a Google Lime Scholar, a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society for computer science, and a recipient of the American Public Health Association's Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award for long-term professional, advocacy, and research activities to improve community integration, self-determination, quality of life, and societal acceptance for autistic adults and youth. Scott has co-authored journal and conference papers published in the Proceedings of the ACM International Health Informatics Symposium, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. He has presented keynotes and noted addresses at the National Autism Conference: Progress through Partnership, the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, and the University of New Hampshire's national Autism Summer Institute. Scott has also participated in White House Autism Conferences, presented at a Harvard University Law School symposium on autism research implications, and spoken at a Congressional briefing on legislation to improve postsecondary transition supports and services for people with disabilities.

Susan Squier received her education at Princeton University and Stanford University. She is Brill Professor of Women's Studies and English at The Pennsylvania State University. Her most recent book is Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: A Partial Alphabet (2011). Research Interests: cultural studies of science and medicine; feminist theory; modernism. Major Publications: Virginia Woolf and London: The Sexual Politics of the City (1985); Babies in Bottles: Twentieth Century Visions of Reproductive Technology (1994); Women Writers and the City: Essays in Feminist Literary Criticism (1984); Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation (1989); Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (1999); Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture (Duke University Press, 2003), and Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine (Duke University Press, 2004). She was scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center (February-March 2001), Visiting Distinguished Fellow, LaTrobe University, Melbourne Australia (1992) and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Melbourne, Australia (1990-1991). She is Editorial Board member of the Journal of Medical Humanities, and Executive Board member and past President of the Society for Literature and Science. In Summer 2002, she co-directed (with Anne Hunsaker Hawkins) the NEH Summer Institute, "Medicine, Literature, and Culture," held at the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center.

Nancy Tuana is the founding director of Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute. Dr. Tuana is a philosopher of science and feminist science studies theorist who has been a long time advocate of interdisciplinary research and education. She is part of a collaborative research team at Penn State whose focus has included developing a more robust model of research ethics that more adequately reflects the impacts of ethical issues in scientific practice and examining the impact of including ethical analysis as part of the scientific modeling process in examining mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to global climate change. She is also involved in a new research group on the topic of gender and climate change.

Joseph Michael Valente is interested in research that includes childhood studies, comparative and international education, educational anthropology, Deaf studies, and Disability studies. He is the author of the autobiographical-novel and autoethnography d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero published by Peter Lang. Currently Dr. Valente is the co-Principal Investigator of the video ethnography project "Kindergartens for the Deaf in Three Countries: Japan, France, and the United States," funded by the Spencer Foundation. To learn more about his work, please see

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