Penn State Altoona's Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services will present the next entry in the "Finding Your Path" series on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12 noon in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel. The event will feature speaker Barbara Hong, associate professor of special education at Penn State Altoona.
Barbara Hong holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Cross-Categorical Studies with a special focus on Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Psycho-Educational Assessment. She has also earned three Master degrees in Policy and Administration, Instructional Practices, and Learning Disabilities from Columbia University. She holds certifications in Special Education, Principalship, and District Administration and Supervision. Hong has over 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities (e.g., in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Taiwan, Qatar, Cypress, Turkey, Guatemala, Sweden, Tunisia, Somalia, Ireland, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania). Her work has appeared in journals such as Teaching Exceptional Children, Texas Reading Report, Preventing School Failure, National Council of Professors in Educational Administration, Journal of College Student Retention, Journal of College Student Development, and International Journal of Learning. Her publications and training materials have been translated into Spanish for the indigenous teachers in Central America as well as in Lithuanian and Arabic. Her research has been focused on college students with disabilities and the impact faculty have on helping students develop self-regulation.
Hong is very active in the community and has been invited to sit on several committees such as the Local Interagency Coordinating Council which coordinates early intervention services for children and families with special needs in three counties and the Smart Start Parenting and Literacy Committee which supports parents of young children in promoting literary awareness. She has also been invited to sit on the Centre County Cooperative Extension Family Living Program Development Committee to represent multicultural families community in advising the county Family Living Educator about programs that meet the needs of the community. Hong has recently been awarded the Senior Fulbright Scholarship to Qatar and the Fulbright Inter-Country Lecturer to Cyprus. She has also been invited to be the first Honorable Visiting Scholar at the Taipei Municipal University of Education. Most recently, she received the prestigious Teacher of Honor award by the International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.
The event will feature refreshments and the opportunity to win a gift card.