Professional Conferences

Rob has presented his research at a variety of professional conferences. Listed below are descriptions of the conferences that Rob attended as well as a summary of the presentations that he did there.

IUP Graduate Scholars Forum 2018

Description of Conference:

The IUP Graduate Scholars Forum (GSF)  is an annual event that allows graduate students to have an opportunity to present scholarly research that they conducted throughout the year. The design of the graduate scholars forum is to foster scholarship as well as collaborative projects between graduate students and faculty members.  Current graduate students are invited to apply to present either a poster or a presentation. Also included in the graduate scholars forum is the 3-minute thesis competition, where graduate students have 3 minutes to present their thesis on one slide. The program can be seen by clicking on the following link: 2018 GSF Program

Disability Inclusion Workshops– For this project, Rob presented on his master’s thesis topic. This presentation was different than the previous presentations because it reflects the alterations that were made to the research design. The study now focuses on creating a solid foundation for faculty training on disability through an exploration of the attitudes that exist about disability in higher education

Awards Granted:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Presentation

Frederick Douglas Research Institute’s Issues of Diversity Paper Series 2018

Description of Conference:

Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field is a working paper series at IUP that is designed to showcase research on topics related to diversity, social equity, and inclusion that is being conducted by IUP faculty and students. Students can be either graduate or undergraduate students. Presentations can take place in small sessions throughout the spring semester or at the 6 O’Clock series which is a larger venue.

Understanding Disability Attitudes: Steps to Creating an Inclusive Community- Rob presented his ideas on how he would conduct his research for his master thesis topic of attitudes of disability in higher education. A culmination of all of his research at IUP, this project explores faculty and staff attitudes of persons with disabilities in higher education. It is Rob’s hope that this research will serve as a foundation for the creation and development of disability inclusion workshops for faculty members employed in institutions of higher education.

PASSHE Women’s Consortium 2017

Description of Conference:

The PASSHE women’s consortium is an annual conference that offers many opportunities to interact with women across the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The theme for the conference was ” We Are Stronger Together—Intersectionality in a Diverse World”. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to speak at the conference on issues of diversity. The conference took place at the IUP Humanities and Social Sciences Building and had presented from schools that are apart of the state system. The program can be seen by clicking on the following link: PASSHE Woman’s Consortium Program

Description of Presentation(s):

Disability Inclusion Workshops: Steps to Creating an Inclusive Community– The project that Rob presented at the PASSHE Women’s Consortium was his ideas on how he would conduct his research for his master thesis topic of attitudes of disability in higher education. A culmination of all of his research at IUP, this project explores faculty and staff attitudes of persons with disabilities in higher education. The study seeks to see if there is a relationship between participation in disability inclusion workshops and change in faculty and staff attitudes of students with disabilities in higher education.

Frederick Douglas Research Institute’s Issues of Diversity Paper Series 2017

Description of Conference:

Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field is a working paper series at IUP that is designed to showcase research on topics related to diversity, social equity, and inclusion that is being conducted by IUP faculty and students. Students can be either graduate or undergraduate students. Presentations can take place in small sessions throughout the spring semester or at the 6 O’Clock series which is a larger venue.

Description of Presentation(s):

Perceptions of Disability: The Impact of Visibility– The first project that Rob presented at the Fredrick Douglas Research Institute’s Issues of Diversity Paper Series, was research that he conducted during his time as an undergraduate in The Department of Sociology at IUP. The Research was a part of his social research methods class that looked at attitudes and perceptions of disability and how the level of visibility impacted the attitudes and perceptions of faculty and staff.

Disability Inclusion Workshops: Steps to Creating an Inclusive Community– The second project that Rob presented at the Fredrick Douglas Research Institute’s Issues of Diversity Paper Series, was his ideas on how he would conduct his research for his master thesis topic of attitudes of disability in higher education. A culmination of all of his research at IUP, this project explores faculty and staff attitudes of persons with disabilities in higher education. The study seeks to see if there is a relationship between participation in disability inclusion workshops and change in faculty and staff attitudes of students with disabilities in higher education.

PASSHE State System Summit: Rising to the Challenge Making Inclusion Matter 2017

Description of Conference:

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education hosted its ninth summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education at IUP. The theme of the event was “Rising to the Challenge: Making Inclusion Matter. In addition to the regular sessions, the summit in 2016 provided students with a student poster forum. Each State System university was encouraged to select two or three student posters as representative of their campus.  The listing of student poster forum participants and a summary of their work can be found in the following link: Listing of Student Poster Forum Participants

Description of Presentation(s):

Perceptions of Disability: The Impact of Visibility– The first presentation that Rob was apart of at the PASSHE State System Summit, was research that he conducted during his time as an undergraduate in The Department of Sociology at IUP. The Research was a part of his social research methods class that looked at attitudes and perceptions of disability and how the level of visibility impacted the attitudes and perceptions of faculty and staff. For this presentation, Rob was a part of the student poster forum.

Awarding Efforts toward Campus Disability Inclusion Panel– the second presentation that Rob was apart of at the PASSHE State System Summit, was a panel discussion made up of individuals who received the Ray Coppler Disability Awareness Award for advocacy work that they had done around campus. The panel was led by Dr. Todd Van Weiran who is the assistant director of the disability support services office at IUP.  panel member s included  Dr. David Lorenzi, Dr. Annah HillDr. John Grant, Mr. Robert Matchett and Mr. William VanEmburg . Information on why each recipient received their award can be found by clicking on that individual’s name.

IUP Graduate Scholars Forum 2017

Description of Conference:

The IUP Graduate Scholars Forum (GSF)  is an annual event that allows graduate students to have an opportunity to present scholarly research that they conducted throughout the year. The design of the graduate scholars forum is to foster scholarship as well as collaborative projects between graduate students and faculty members.  Current graduate students are invited to apply to present either a poster or a presentation. Also included in the graduate scholars forum is the 3-minute thesis competition, where graduate students have 3 minutes to present their thesis on one slide. The program can be seen by clicking on the following link: 2017 GSF Program

Disability Inclusion Workshops: Steps to Creating an Inclusive Community– The project that Rob presented at the IUP Graduate Scholars Forum, was his ideas on how he would conduct his research for his master thesis topic of attitudes of disability in higher education. A culmination of all of his research at IUP, this project explores faculty and staff attitudes of persons with disabilities in higher education. The study seeks to see if there is a relationship between participation in disability inclusion workshops and change in faculty and staff attitudes of students with disabilities in higher education.

Awards Granted:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Second Place Award

IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum 2016

Description of Conference:

The IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum (USF) created in 2006, is an annual event that allows undergraduate students to have an opportunity to present scholarly research that they conducted throughout the year. Current undergraduate students are invited to apply to present either a poster or a presentation. Students participating in the event have to provide a presentation that goes beyond a classroom presentation, and that is sponsored by a member of the faculty. The program can be seen by clicking on the following link: 2016 USF Program

Description of Presentation(s):

Perceptions of Disability: The Impact of Visibility– The first presentation that Rob presented on at the IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum was research that he conducted during his time as an undergraduate in The Department of Sociology at IUP. The Research was a part of his social research methods class that looked at attitudes and perceptions of disability and how the level of visibility impacted the attitudes and perceptions of faculty and staff. For this presentation, Rob was a part of the student poster forum.

A Sociodemographic Approach to disability attitudes–  The second presentation that Rob presented on at the IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum alongside fellow research Stephanie Bauchman was a collaborative research project that was led by Dr.Diane Shinberg. Selected to serve on a research team Matchett, Bachman, and graduate student PJ Gilece conducted a project on disability attitudes at their university.

Awards Granted:

Outstanding Presentation