Congratulations!

Jesse (Woody) Johnson
Jesse (Woody) Johnson

Jesse (Woody) Johnson, an associate professor in the Department of Special and Early Education, will receive one of two Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards for 2018-19 from the NIU Graduate School.

The awards, first presented in the fall semester of 2016, recognize excellence in graduate mentoring.

Recipients are recognized at the December commencement ceremony; each receives a plaque and $2,000.

Watch the Ed News later this semester for more information.

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Stacy Kelly
Stacy Kelly

Stacy Kelly, an associate professor in the Vision Program of the Department of Special and Early Education, learned Sept. 28 that her highly competitive grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Education has been selected for funding.

The result of that decision is a five-year grant worth $1.25 million in support of students in the department’s Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility programs, which will continue the training of professionals to work in these severe personnel shortage areas.

Generous financial support offered to master’s students includes all tuition (in-state or out-of-state), all fees, full health insurance and yearly stipends of $5,244 ($437 per month). This is not a loan, but rather a graduate assistantship: Students are obligated to work with visually disabled children and/or adults for an amount of time twice as long as they receive funding.

“It is an incredibly fierce competition every year,” Kelly says, “and every time we win, we thank our lucky stars over and over again.”

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