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Ohio University faculty member named Emerging Scholar

Dafina StewartATHENS, Ohio -- Dafina Lazarus Stewart, assistant professor in the College of Education at Ohio University, has been designated an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Emerging Scholars are outstanding young faculty and administrators whose research skills and productivity lead the way in increasing an understanding of the college student experience.

As an Emerging Scholar, Stewart will receive $1,500 from Josten's Inc. to support her research on social identities among college students. She also will work closely with ACPA Senior Scholars, who will serve as mentors and advisers, as well as take part in programs at the ACPA annual conference set for April 1-5 in Philadelphia.

"I fully expect that my writing and thinking on topics of student development in college will be greatly enriched and furthered through my collaboration with the Association's Senior Scholars," Stewart said. "They offer a wealth of insight and perspectives that I can glean."

To be eligible for the Emerging Scholars Program, applicants must have completed their doctorates within the last five years and must be members of ACPA. The selection process for Emerging Scholars is highly competitive. Senior Scholars review the applications and name a class of six individuals who will then work with one or more Senior Scholars on projects over the next two years, with results of their research to be presented at a future ACPA convention.

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Media Contact: College of Education Public Affairs Coordinator Joy Rodgers, (740) 597-1947, or Assistant Professor Dafina Stewart, (740) 593-4454 or steward2@ohio.edu

Editors: A photo of Dafina Stewart is available online at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/STEWART_DAFINA.JPG

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