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Three Warner Faculty Earn Tenure, Promoted to Associate Professor

Three Warner Faculty Earn Tenure, Promoted to Associate Professor

The University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees has voted to grant Nancy Ares, teaching and curriculum; Kathryn Douthit, counseling and human development; and Douglas Guiffrida, counseling, human development and educational leadership, tenure and to promote them to associate professors. The change was effective July 1.

“Together with the University’s Board of Trustees, I offer sincere congratulations to these three distinguished faculty members and valued colleagues,” said Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School. “Their work and leadership reflect the strength of our faculty as education scholars and teachers, and embody the spirit of the Warner School’s mission.”

Nancy Ares, who joined the Warner School faculty in 2003, teaches courses in learning and teaching theories and research methods. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in a strong sense of social justice and the belief that learning is an active, collaborative process, one most effective when it engages students both as individuals and as members of larger, often diverse, communities. A goal of her research and teaching is to widen the types of practices invited into classroom activity, in particular, inviting practices of students that are often under-valued or excluded from teaching and learning in school.

Ares focuses her research on classroom, school, and community processes that shape students’ learning and participation and explores how learning, power, and roles are negotiated through social interaction. With funding from Texas Instruments and the New York State Department of Education for her WideNet research project, she has explored the use of next-generation networked technologies to engage students in rigorous math learning while also inviting them to draw on the cultural practices of their youth and home communities. A unique aspect of her project is the participation of secondary youth as co-researchers. In community studies, her work emphasizes asset-based approaches to understanding school and neighborhood revitalization. She has published in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Journal of Literacy Research, and Mathematical Thinking and Learning.

Ares was recently presented with the University’s G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty for her dedication as a teacher and scholar, her devotion to students, and her distinguished service to the community.

Kathryn Douthit, who joined the Warner School faculty in 2001, teaches courses in psychopathology, gerontological mental health counseling, multicultural counseling, and contemporary trends in mental health practices. A counselor educator who has earned degrees in science, counseling, and human development, Douthit has taught undergraduate biology and mathematics courses, worked as a college counselor, and conducted research for various federally-funded substance abuse prevention programs prior to coming to Warner. Through her academic work and career experiences, she has become particularly interested in the interface between neurobiology, inequalities in the aging experience, and the impact of ecological counseling intervention.

Currently, her research focuses on social structures impacting healthy aging. With funding from the New York State Office for the Aging, Douthit is studying the effects of civic engagement on the physical and mental health of independently living senior adults. Her prior research has produced articles accepted by leading counseling and interdisciplinary journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, ADULTSPAN Journal, Constructivism in the Human Sciences, and the Journal of Mind and Behavior. Douthit is a contributor to the upcoming International Handbook of Social Gerontology. Her publication on dementia prevention in ADULTSPAN Journal was recently spotlighted by the American Counseling Association’s monthly periodical, Counseling Today.

Douglas Guiffrida, who joined the Warner School faculty in 2001, is a nationally certified counselor, a licensed mental health counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor. He teaches courses in counselor supervision, counseling theory, college student retention, and counseling skills and communications techniques for teachers and administrators. His primary research focuses on understanding the experiences of minority students who attend predominantly white institutions in order to more effectively support and retain them. He is currently researching the efficacy of a cultural/motivational model of student persistence, which he developed, and is developing and researching constructivist methods for teaching counseling theories and supervising counselors in training.

In 2007, he was awarded the American Counseling Association's Ralph Berdie Memorial Research Award for his research on advancing college retention theory and improving ways in which counselors and other student affairs professionals prepare and support minority college students. He also was awarded a Transitions to College Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of College Counseling and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and NACADA, the journal of the National Academic Advisors Association.

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