Rachel Glade, clinical assistant professor at the U of A, was named College of Education and Health Professions‘ new director of the Specialized College.
His appointment begins July 1. Glade, Program Coordinator of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Programwill succeed Michelle Gray, who has been in the director of honors role since 2015. Gray is the interim chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
“The College of Education and Health Professions honors program has set the standard for innovative and ambitious undergraduate research and community engagement,” said Lynda Coon, Dean of the U of A College Honors. “Former Director of Honors Michelle Gray has set the bar high for honors on the University of Alberta campus. Rachel Glade is about to break that bar, propelling COEHP honors to new heights of intellectual ambition.”
Glade said it was a privilege to serve the college in this role. “Dr. Gray, along with previous directors, have done an incredible job of bringing COEHP honors to where they are today,” she said. “I hope to follow their lead and am delighted to have the opportunity to encourage and showcase the work of honors students who support and expand the research and service efforts of faculty at the University of Arkansas.”
Glade served on the college honors board for three years and mentored undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects. She began chairing Honors College dissertation committees in 2016 and has since chaired 14 honors dissertation committees and served on 18 other honors dissertation committees. She is mentoring six Honors College projects this year.
Glade students have researched topics such as how hearing-impaired adolescents experience bullying and the impact of hearing loss on executive functions and working memory in young adults. Glade’s work, including work with students, has been published in highly respected peer-reviewed journals. His mentees regularly receive funding for their research and work presentations, and three have received undergraduate student research grants. They also regularly present at local, state and national conferences.
Glade has won numerous awards at the U of A, including the Outstanding Service Award for Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders (2017); Outstanding Faculty Mentor for COEHP Honors Program (2019); the COEHP Innovative Teaching Award (2019); and the U of A Faculty Gold Medal (2019).
Glade provides assessments, interventions, and consultations for children and adults with hearing loss in Arkansas and across the United States. Her colleagues and peers elected her president-elect of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. That three-year term ended in 2021. Glade has been a board member of the nonprofit Arkansas Hands & Voices since 2011 and is a state champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Glade is also a faculty mentor for the U of A chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a registered student organization frequently recognized nationally for community service and philanthropy.
Glade and Gray spent part of their summer traveling abroad in Sweden with U of A students, many of whom are in the honors program. They co-directed the Health Teams Abroad Sweden course for two years.
Gray’s primary research focuses on exercise training in older adults and the maintenance of muscle mass and cognition throughout life. She teaches courses at the University of Alberta on the physical aspects of aging and oversees exercise programming for seniors with chronic conditions.
Gray called her time as Principal of Honors College “simply amazing”.
She said, “This experience has given me the opportunity to collaborate with many people on campus and make changes that have greatly benefited COEHP’s honors program and to be more aligned with national standards. Stepping down after seven years was a difficult decision to make, but it is certainly easier to know that Dr. Glade is taking over; she will continue to enhance COEHP’s accolades during her tenure.”