Join the College of Health and Human Service faculty and Centers/Institutes staff as we talk shop, connect, learn and inspire collaboration for present and future research opportunities! The next CHHS Shop Talk is happening Wednesday, April 20. Shop Talk will happen several times a semester, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Henry Madden Library in Room 3212. Each session will highlight the research and work of faculty within the college.

Presenting will be Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw, assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. She will discuss why deaf culture matters in the academic and public setting.

Smith-Warshaw brings with her 19 years of experience working in the deaf education system, having served as both an educator and administrator for several School for the Deaf facilities, specializing in early childhood education, high school level education and physical education. She most recently made history by becoming the first deaf woman to serve as superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, where she strived to provide skills and develop positive self-esteem for all Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Her other research interests include American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual education, education of Deaf and hard of hearing students, social and educational justice, change leadership and organizational change.

Please note: Shop Talk is currently open only to CHHS faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided for this event.

To learn more or for questions regarding accessibility, please contact Diahann Gutierrez at or 559.228.2150.