New Faculty Members Join William Woods University

Four new faculty members have joined William Woods University
this semester. They are Caroline Boyer Ferhat, assistant professor of
psychology; Robin Hirsch-Jacobson, assistant professor of biology; and Becky Davis
and Shauna Rae Ward, both instructors of American Sign Language interpreting.

Ferhat has taught psychology at George Mason University, in
Fairfax, Va., since 2007. She is a member of several psychological
associations, including American Psychological Association, Eastern
Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.
She earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in psychology at
Ursinus College in 2007 and a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology with an
emphasis in cognitive and early childhood development from George Mason
University in May 2011. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Elyse B. and
Donald R. Lehman Graduate Student Research award.
Hirsch-Jacobson has been a teaching assistant in general
ecology, introduction to biology and ornithology at the University of Missouri since
2005. He also served as a graduate student mentor in the University of Missouri
Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, assisting students in
designing, writing and implementing proposals and preparing posters based on
research results.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies with
honors and a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the University of
California in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in biological
sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia this year.
Davis has been teaching at the State of Indiana Deaf School
in Indianapolis, Ind., for the past eight years. She has also been a certified
mentor at the Center of ASL/English Bilingual Education Research (CAEBER) in
Washington, D.C., since 2008.
Between 1993 and 2003 she served as an interpreter in various
businesses around mid-Missouri, including Access Interpreter Referral Services
in Fulton, Advent Interpreter Referral Service in Columbia and State of
Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City.
Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary
education-English from the University of Missouri in 1999 and her Master of Science
in Deaf education from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., in 2003.
Ward has been teaching interpreting since 1991 in numerous
schools in Washington and Canada. This past year she served as an American Sign
Language instructor at Portland Community College and Portland State University
in Portland, Ore.
Before that, Ward spent eight years at Edmonds Community
College in Lynnwood, Wash., as an ASL instructor. She also has taught ASL in
several locations in Canada—in Calgary, Alberta; Sudbury, Ontario; and
Edmonton, Alberta.
She is a member of the American Sign Language Teacher
Association (ASLTA) and has served as secretary of the Washington American Sign
Language Teacher Association; Alberta Deaf Sports Association; Albert
Association of the Deaf; Alberta Cultural Society of the Deaf; and Calgary
Association of the Deaf.
Ward earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sign communication
from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in 1992 and her Master in
Education degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix in 2007.