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Disability and Living/Working in the Academy

When: 1/22/2015
3:00-4:30 PM EST
Where: Online Webinar

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Disability and working/living in the Academy

Facilitator: Stephanie L. Kerschbaum

Living and working with a disability in academia is a common occurrence, particularly given the ways that academia itself is an environment that can exacerbate or bring out disabling conditions in many people. In this workshop, Stephanie L. Kerschbaum will suggest ways that academic environments can become more hospitable towards disability as well as how academics can work interdependently to enact accessible moves and procedures. Specific topics discussed will include legal obligations and expectations around accommodation and why these are important but insufficient for enacting broad accessibility, the ways that “universal design” might apply to academic environments, and means for cultivating communication around access.


Stephanie L. Kerschbaum is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Delaware. She is currently working with Margaret Price on a two-stage study of disabled faculty involving a large-scale survey of faculty members with mental health issues and in-depth interviews with faculty members with a variety of disabilities. She has written and collaborated on several essays on disability and the profession, including “Faculty Members, Accommodation, and Access in Higher Education” ( A rhetorical and discourse analyst by training, Stephanie is working to develop research methods that are inclusive of disability and to improve academic environments for all members.


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