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UTA Special Education professor recognized for research

Friday, January 11, 2019 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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John Romig, assistant professor of Special Education, was recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research with a 2019 Student Research Award.

John Romig

John Romig

Recipients will be honored in February at the division’s business meeting and reception to be held during the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.

Romig’s dissertation, titled “Improving Writing Instruction of General Education English Teachers for Students with Disabilities,” was recognized in the single-subject division.

According to the paper’s abstract, the study “attempted to improve the use of modeling, an evidence-based writing practice, by providing teachers a professional development package designed using cognitive apprenticeship as a guiding framework.”

The paper was completed under the guidance of Michael Kennedy, associate professor at the University of Virginia, who served as Romig’s adviser.

“Dr. Romig is engaged in impactful research in the special education field,” said Teresa Taber Doughty, dean of UTA’s College of Education. “This prestigious award is a recognition of the quality and impact of the work he does. We are thrilled that he is a member of our faculty and helping to shape the next generation of special education professionals.”

The Council for Exceptional Children is the leading international professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. Through its student research awards program, the CEC Division for Research recognizes high-quality research conducted by students in the course of their undergraduate or graduate special education training program.

Romig also particularly interested in the effects of multimedia professional development teachers and their growth of inclusive vocabulary instruction, as well as the use of podcasts for professional development of science teachers.

His earned his doctorate of philosophy in education-special education from the University of Virginia. He earned his master’s degree from Clemson University and his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University.

This accolade isn’t the first for the College of Education. Other major events, recognitions and awards include:

  • The College hosted an informational summit on Nov. 13, 2018, for area high school students to introduce them to the exciting and rewarding possibilities of a future career in education. The 2018 Education Pathways Summit was organized and presented by the Region 10 and Region 11 Education Service Centers.
  • The College hosted a September 2018 summit for public school superintendents and special education administrators to discuss Texas’ changing views on how to serve children with disabilities.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Education No. 124 in its 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list, up eight spots from a year ago.
  • UTA was ranked No. 5 on College Choice’s “Best Elementary Education Degrees” for 2017.