Stephen Gilson, MSW, Ph.D.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
The University of Maine
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
 
Phone: 207-581-1263
Email: stephen.gilson@umit.maine.edu
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Last Updated: July 29, 2013

 

Primary Activity Coordinators: Cultural Diversity
Discipline Coordinators: Social Work
 
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Interdisciplinary
Public Health
Social Work
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities
& General Studies
 
AUCD Council Membership: Multicultural Council
 
Research: disability theory; disability as diversity; universal access; social justice and equality; health and disability policy; the atypical body; design theory, architectural space, virtual space, social/emotional space, sensory space, disability as microcosm, the definition and meaning humanism and the link to disability, market economy and branding of disability
Education: Ph.D.; MSW

Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies - Minor in Disability Studies, Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies
Service: editorial board member of the International Humanities Journal; consulting editor for The International Journal of Diversity in Organization, Communities and Nations; consulting editor for The International Journal of the Humanities; Member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East; member of the Equal Health Access committee with the American Public Health Association; Member of the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Academic Committee at the University of Maine; secretary for AFUM (faculty union); faculty advisor for Hillel; member of the board of directors for Maine's Disability Rights Center

Vita/Bio

STEPHEN FRENCH GILSON

Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work, University of Maine

Ph.D.            University of Nebraska Medical Center, Medical Sciences. 1991.

MSW                        University of Denver, Social Work. 1980.

Most Recent Awards/Honors:

2008 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity

2008, elected as Chair-Elect for the Disability Section for the American Public Health Association.

2008, Summer Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel.

2005 Allan Meyers Award for Scholarship in Disability, American Public Health Association, September.

Research and Academic Teaching Experience

July 2008-present: Senior Research Fellow. Ono Academic College. Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions. 104 Zahal St., Kiryat Ono 55000 Israel

2000-present            Professor (Associate Professor; 2000-2004) Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and School of Social Work University of Maine Orono, Orono, ME.

1993-2000 Assistant Professor (1993-1999), Associate Professor, with Tenure. (1999- 2000) Virginia Commonwealth University. School of Social Work. Richmond, VA

Most Recent Publications

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (in press). Designer diversity: Moving beyond categorical branding. The Journal of Comparative Social Welfare.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (in press). Disability as disjuncture: Integrative theory and guidelines for responsive global communities. Sage Publications.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (in press). Disability by Design. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (in press). Social work practice with disability: Moving from the perpetuation of a client category to human rights and social justice. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (in press). Policy legitimacy: a model for disability policy analysis and change. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2008). Disability Studies: Origins, Current Conflict, and Resolution. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 4(4), 33-42.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2008). Designing University Techscapes: An Inter-Organizational Technology Collaboration to Advance Equality of Participation in University Organizations. In J. Salmons, & L. Wilson, (Eds.), A Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy (pp. 223-237). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Gilson, S., & DePoy, E. (2008). Designer Diversity: Constructing Bodies and Backgrounds through Contemporary Design Theory. International Journal of the Humanities, 6(4), 177-188.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2008). Explanatory legitimacy: A model for disability policy development and analysis. In K. M. Sowers (Series Ed.) I. Colby (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare: Vol 4. Social policy and policy practice (pp. 203-217). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2007). Evaluation practice: How to do good evaluation research in work settings. New York: Routledge.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2007). The Bell-Shaped Curve: Alive, Well and Living in Diversity Rhetoric. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 7 (3), 253-260. Retrieved http://ijd.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.29/prod.514

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007). Da Vinci’s Ill Fated Design Legacy: Homogenization and Standardization. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5, (7), 145-154. Retrieved http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.1150

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007). Geographic analysis for the social sciences. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1 (6), 89-96.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2007) The human experience: Description, explanation, and judgment. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (2005/2006). Moving beyond nomothetic category: Diversity as symmetry. International Journal of the Humanities, 4, http://www.Humanities-Journal.com

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2006). Universal web access: An intelligent web interface.  International

Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 1, 128-131.

Selected Recent Presentations

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2008, October 27). Responding to Diversity: An Inclusive Health Promotion Technology. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. (juried).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2008, July 15-18). Designer Diversity: Constructing Bodies and Backgrounds Through Contemporary Design Theory. 6th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Faith University, Istanbul, Turkey. (juried).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2008, June). Human Environment Juncture: Theoretical Foundation for Research, Education, and Social Action. Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions. Ono Academic College. Kiryat Ono Israel. (invited).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F.  (2008, April, 15). Disability Studies, Past, Present Conflicts, and Future Initiatives and Directions. 24th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, April 14 and 15, 2008. (Invited – Noted Speakers Series).

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007, November). Health Policy Considerations: Explanatory Legitimacy & Evaluation Practice. Equal Health Opportunity Committee. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 5, 2007. (invited).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2007, July). The bell-shaped curve: Alive, well and living in diversity rhetoric. 7th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2007. (juried).

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007, July). Da vincis ill fated design legacy: homogenization and standardization. 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Paris, France, July 2007. (juried).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2006, November 29). Reinventing disability and sexuality. The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. New York University. Disability and Sexuality Series. (invited).

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2006, October). From Universal Design to Universal Communities: Flattening the Curve. Paper presentation (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) AUCD's 2006 Annual Meeting and Conference, 2006 in Washington DC.