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Lauren Shallish


Scholarly Interests: Critical and feminist disability studies; diversity work; higher education; qualitative research methods; social justice in education

Courses Taught: SPE 103: Social and Legal Foundations of Special Education; SPE 340: Educational Equity and Social Justice in Documentary Film (Counts for Liberal Learning VPA, Gender, Race/Ethnicity); SPED 655: The Social and Cultural Constructions of Behavior; SPED 501: Students with Disabilities in Our Schools; SPED 644: Research Trends

Achievements:  Dr. Shallish is a 2015 Exemplary Diversity Scholar for the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID). While at TCNJ, her work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, Equity and Excellence in Education, Disability & Society, and The Educational Forum.  Invited book chapters include publications in Disability as Diversity in Higher Education, The Handbook of Research on Study Abroad Programs and Outbound Mobility, On the Highwire: Education Professors Walk Between Work and Parenting, and Critical Readings in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies.  She received a New Jersey State Action Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Urban Innovation Junior Faculty Award for her work on Troublemakers: The Disability Studies and Social Justice Project*.  She previously worked as Chief of Staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and as a qualitative research assistant for the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University.  Her forthcoming book on disability studies, diversity work, and higher education will be published with Peter Lang Publishers in the Disability Studies in Education Series. 

Degrees: Ph.D., Syracuse University, Cultural Foundations of Education; M.S. and C.A.S., Syracuse University, Disability Studies; B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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