Journal of Teaching Disability Studies Releases 2nd Issue

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is pleased to announce the release of the second issue of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal of disability studies pedagogy developed and edited by the CUNY SPS disability studies program.  

 “We are extremely proud to launch the second issue of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies, the only peer-reviewed publication that promotes original research about disability studies pedagogy, and provides a space of experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration for those of us who teach about disability and disability studies across a variety of educational settings,” said Dr. Mariette Bates, academic director of the CUNY SPS disability studies programs, who serves on the journal’s editorial board. “Our second issue offers a number of insightful and fascinating submissions that continue and expand upon many of the conversations we began in our first issue about the ways that disability studies can fit into the classroom, curriculum, and educational programming.” 

The second issue of the JTDS, which is freely available online through the CUNY Academic Commons, features an introduction by Dr. Bates and seven articles exploring a range of topics within the field by authors from universities throughout North America.

Several of the articles focus on how disabilities studies can be effectively incorporated within specific educational settings, including physical therapist education, high school history classes, and teacher preparation courses. Other articles highlight broader pedagogical issues, including the ways that disability studies can help critique and reform higher education, the relationship between universal design for learning and disability studies, and the steps educators can take to make programs more inclusive of students with disabilities. A final article offers a first-hand account of two teachers/scholars who share their own learning disability experiences. 

To celebrate the journal’s second issue, the editors are hosting the online event JTDS: An Insider’s Look at the New Issue on Thursday, February 18. During this hour-long talk, some of the authors from the new issue will discuss their research and answer questions from the audience. 

Speakers will include Dr. Lisa Boskovich from Chapman University, Dr. Brad Toland from University of Alabama, and Dr. Andrew Lucchesi from Western Washington University. Dr. Bates and Professor Matthew Conlin, a CUNY SPS alum and managing editor of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies, will moderate the discussion. Register for the talk here.

About Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Disability Studies is an emerging academic field that explores disability from multiple perspectives, including the social sciences, humanities, science, and the law. CUNY SPS offers groundbreaking, fully accredited online degree and certificate programs within Disability Studies including the BA in Disability Studies, MA in Disability Studies, MS in Disability Services in Higher Education, and Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies.

About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

For nearly twenty years, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been leading online education in New York. Notable for offering the most online Bachelor’s and Master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and for serving transfer students as the University system’s only undergraduate all-transfer college, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who are looking to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

The School’s growth has been remarkable, with twenty-four degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 4,000 students in the credit-bearing programs and thousands more who are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs. In addition, the School has an active Alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

CUNY SPS has consistently been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top online schools. Most recently, the School was ranked in the top 2% in the nation on the publisher’s list of the 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, making CUNY SPS one of the highest nationally listed programs in New York State and the highest in New York City.

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