Gabriela Walker

Gabriela Walker

Assistant Professor

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

UED218C

Phone: (605) 677-6672

Email: Gabriela.Walker@usd.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Bio:

Born in Bucharest, Romania, with a thirst for knowledge and global culture. I love the academia and my work with students and the community defines my professional identity.


Teaching Interests:

Low Incidence Disabilities; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Applied Behavior Analysis; Atypical Development; Global Inclusion; International and Comparative Special Education; Disabilities Methods and Characteristics; Collaboration and Teaming in Education.


Research Interests:

Disabilities Methods and Characteristics; International Special Education; Global Inclusion; Healthicisization; Poverty and Other Factors Influencing Disability and Education; Disability Rights.


Education:

  • Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR), School of Labor and Employment Relations , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Ph D, Global Policy Studies in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • Ed S (Education Specialist), Special Education, University of Georgia at Athens, 2006
  • MS, Inclusive Education, University of Bucharest, 2002
  • BS, Psychology & Special Education, University of Bucharest, 2000

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Georgia Educator Certificate, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Certificate of Continuing Education - Shifting Gears, The Pavilion Foundation Hospital, Champaign, Illinois
  • Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Psychotherapy Diploma, Romanian Association of Psychologists

Grants:

  • CTL Teaching and Learning Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota. (2017 - 2018)
  • CEEDAR Grant, Augustana University. (2015 - 2016)
  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Award., Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY). (2009 - 2009)
  • Hardie Conference Travel Award, ). University of Illinois, Bureau of Educational Research Endowment and Charles Dunn Hardie. (2009 - 2009)
  • Special Education Teacher Grant, Council for Exceptional Children Mini-Grant. (2006 - 2006)
  • Course Design Fellowship, Center for Teaching and Learning. (2016)

Publications:

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  • Walker, Gabriela. Ecology of Disabilities: Viewing Disability Inclusively, TBA. Iss. TBA. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2017.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Women, Disabilities, and Education: Education of Women with Disabilities, a Key Small Win towards the Healthicization of Society, TBA. Iss. TBA. Gender and Education, 2017.
  • Walker, Gabriela, and Wone, Bernard. Towards a Healthy Society: Identifying Socio-Cultural Factors that Might Influence Disabling Addictive Behaviors in Working Populations. In International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, Online. Vol. 8, Iss. 4. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, 2017.
  • Walker, Gabriela, and Wone, Bernard M.. Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting Disabling Addictive Behaviors in Work-Aged Populations. Mississauga, ON: Conference Proceedings: Canada International Conference on Education (CICE); University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada, 2017.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Romania (The Status of Inclusive Education). In The Praeger International Handbook of Special Education, edited by Michael L. Wehmeyer and James R. Patton, TBA. Vol. 2, Europe and Africa. Goleta, California: Praeger, ABC-CLIO Corporate Headquarters, 2017.
  • Cash, Jon, and Walker, Gabriela. Mastering the Use of Tablet Technology in a Teacher Preparation Curriculum. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), 2017.
  • Railean, Elena, Walker, Gabriela, Jackson, Liz, and Elci, Attila. Handbook of Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education. In Advances in Information Resources Management Book Series, edited by Railean, E., Walker, G., Jackson, L., & Elci, A. . Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global Publisher, 2015.
  • Walker, Gabriela, and Pattison, Elizabeth. Reviewing Bronfenbrenner's ecological framework of support systems for education and special education: An interpretive review by teachers for teachers. In Handbook of Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education, edited by E. Railean, G. Walker, L. Jackson, and A. Elci (Eds.), 254-274. Vol. 2, Iss. 1. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2015.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Impact of ecological factors on concern and awareness about disability: A statistical analysis, 2781-2789. Vol. 35(11). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2014. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.022 )
  • Walker, Gabriela. De-institutionalization in Romania: Education, human rights, and the ecology of disabilities, 150-159. Vol. 22, Iss. 3. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 2011. (DOI: 10.1177/1044207310394853)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Building 'special capital' for entrepreneurial development: Special populations as human capital in the context of global development, 697-708. Vol. 8, Iss. 6. Policy Futures in Education, 2010. (DOI: 10.2304/pfie.2010.8.6.697)
  • Walker, Gabriela, Fitzpatrick, Margaret, and Rakochy, Alexander. Critical theory: A book review symposia. In Critical Theory and the Human Condition: Founders and Praxis. Series: Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, 448-459. Vol. 8, Iss. 1. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2010.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Rechanneling disruptive behaviors: Towards epiducation and ecoducation. In Advances in Psychology Research, edited by Alexandra M. Columbus . Vol. 67..
  • Walker, Gabriela, and Thayer, James. State and society in post-socialist economies: A book review. In State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies. Studies in Central and Eastern Europe., 725-746. Vol. 62, Iss. 4. Europe-Asia Studies, 2010.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Inclusive education in Romania: Policies and practices in post-communist Romania, 165-181. Vol. 14, Iss. 2. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2009. (DOI: 10.1080/13603110802504192)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Post-socialist working class in Romania: A book review. In Post-Socialist Romania: Labor, the Body and Working-Class Culture, 1659-80. Vol. 61, Iss. 9. Europe-Asia Studies, 2009.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Admission and graduation requirements for special education doctoral programs at top 20 American universities, 16-25. Vol. 14, Iss. 2. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 2008.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Admission requirements for education doctoral programs at top 20 American universities, 357-366. Vol. 42, Iss. 2. College Student Journal, 2008.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Constant and progressive time delay procedures for teaching children with autism: A literature review, 261-275. Vol. 38, Iss. 2. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2008.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Global digital connect and disconnect through open education: Open source in Romania and the promise of open education. In Open Education and Education for Openness; Book Series: Educational Futures Rethinking Theory and Practice, edited by M. A. Peters and R. G. Britez , 79-94. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2008.
  • Walker, Gabriela. Overrepresented minorities in special education in the United States and Romania: Comparison between African-American and Roma populations in disability studies, 394-403. Vol. 3, Iss. 4. Research in Comparative and International Education Journal, 2008. (DOI: 10.2304/rcie.2008.3.4.394)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Policy, experience, and change in inclusive education: A book review. In Policy, Experience and Change: Cross Cultural Reflections on Inclusive Education, 381-383. Vol. 30, Iss. 6. Remedial and Special Education, 2008. (DOI: 10.1177/0741932508324400 )

Awards and Honors:

  • 2017 Silver Medal Award at the International Exhibition EuroInvent in Iasi, Romania, International Federation of Inventor's Associations; World Invention Intellectual Property Associations, 2017
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems Scholar, Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems Program at the University of Illinois, 2011

Presentations:

  • Walker, Gabriela, Yockey, Mark, Wone, Bernard. Identifying Globalization Factors that Might Lead to Addictive Behaviors Culminating in Disability. Presented at the 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. (January 4, 2018)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Gaining Small Wins through Women Education for the Healthicization of Society. Presented at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference, Lincoln, NE. (October 2, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Variation of Ratification Responses to Two Human Rights Documents. Presented at the Fifth International Conference on Advances in Social Science, Economics and Management Study - SEM, Zurich, Switzerland (accepted, not funded). (September 3, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela, Wone, Bernard M.. Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting Disabling Addictive Behaviors in Work-Aged Populations. Presented at the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), Mississauga ON, Canada. (June 28, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Culture, Health, and Education: Cross-Cultural Attitudes Regarding Disability. Presented at the "Promoting Health and Well-Being", 141st Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Hartford, Connecticut. (June 27, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Factors that influence readiness to work with people with disabilities. Presented at the "Promoting Health and Well-Being", 141st Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Hartford, Connecticut. (June 27, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela, Wone, Bernard. Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting Disabling Addictive Behaviors in Work-Aged Populations. Presented at the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE 2017), University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada. (June 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela, Wone, Bernard M.. Disabling addictive behaviors are impacted by socialization, social globalization, and gender inequality. Presented at the Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD. (May 31, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela, Cash, Jon. Mastering the Use of Tablet Technology in a Teacher Preparation Curriculum. Presented at the 28th International Conference, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, Texas. (March 6, 2017)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Cross-Cultural Mindsets Regarding Disability. Presented at the 30th annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference (WELC), Lincoln, NE. (October 10, 2016)
  • Walker, Gabriela. Democracy, Country Development, and Education of the Vulnerable: How States Adopt International Children and Disability Policies. Presented at the Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies, Washington, D.C.. (April 8, 2016)
  • Walker, Gabriela. The Role of the Small Wins Theory in Ecology of Special Education: From Organizational Management to Educational Leadership. Presented at the Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning , Prague, Czech Republic. (December 4, 2015)
  • Walker, Gabriela. How prepared are people from different countries to deal with people with disabilities: A statistical analysis. Presented at the 29th annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference (WELC), Lincoln, NE. (October 4, 2015)