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					                                                                       Melanie Thornton
                                                                                        PO Box 194
                                                                             Roland, AR 72135-0194

                                                                                       501.351.3703

                                                                      melanie.thornton@gmail.com

E D U C AT I O N

• Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., M.A. in Counseling, May, 1987
• Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, B.A. in Psychology, June, 1984

C A R E E R S U M M A RY

Associate Director, Disability Resource Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock—
2008 to present
 • Collaborated with members of the campus community to create a more inclusive and
   accessible campus environment.
 • Provided input into procurement and Web development decisions by assessing products and
   processes for accessibility and usability.
 • Mentored students in the creation of an organization for students with disabilities.
 • Co-led an effort to establish domestic partner benefits within the University of Arkansas
   System.
 • Served as a co-facilitator of the Universal Design Initiative (later called the Just Change
   Initiative) of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Curriculum Developer/Trainer, Project ShIFT, Lane County Community College,
Eugene, Oregon—2008 to present
 • Served as contributing author of successful grant proposal.
 • Co-facilitated three summer leadership institutes for 25 disability service providers from higher
   education institutions nation-wide.
 • Led participants through a reflective process resulting in a redesign of many of their practices.
 • Co-authored and designed a web-based guide called Refocus: Viewing the work of disability
   services through a new lens.

Director, Project PACE, University of Arkansas at Little Rock—2001 to 2010
 • Managed three consecutive grant-funded projects focused on creating a more equitable and
   inclusive campus for students with disabilities.
 • Co-authored two successful grant proposals bringing 1.4 million dollars to the university.
 • Designed and authored faculty development resources such as CDs, websites, handbooks, and
   videos.
 • Organized faculty development workshops on disability, Web accessibility and universal design.
 • Presented at state, national and international conferences on topics such as universal design,
   reframing disability, and Web accessibility.
Director, Project PACE (continued)
 • Led the Disability Resource Center staff through a process of infusing newer thinking about
   disability into departmental language, practices and processes.
 • Invited presenter for Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-Secondary
   Education (CADSPPE), PEPNet Family Meeting, and Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin.

Independent Consultant, Assistive Technology-BC, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada—October 2006 and June 2007
 • Led this 17 employee organization through a strategic planning process with the goal of
   infusing progressive thinking about disability and design into the vision, mission and goals.

Independent Consultant, Arkansas School for the Deaf, Little Rock—Fall 2004 to Spring
2006

 • Developed curriculum and provided training and consultation to administrators, teachers and
   staff on Positive Behavior Support.

Outreach Specialist, Project PACE/PEPNet, University of Arkansas at Little Rock—2000
to 2001
 • Coordinated outreach and technical assistance related to better serving deaf and hard of
   hearing students.

Adjunct Instructor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock—1998

 • Taught American Sign Language I.

Park Interpreter, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott, Arkansas—1995 to
2000
 • Provided educational programming to visitors to this Native American archeological site.
 • Streamlined and expanded educational programming through the development of an award-
   winning teacher’s guide and an accompanying activities guide.

Adjunct Instructor, University of Arkansas Research and Training Center for Persons
who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Little Rock—1992 to 1996
 • Taught Techniques in Counseling Hearing Impaired Individuals to graduate students pursuing
   their master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.

Counselor, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Hot Springs and Little Rock—1987 to 1995
 • Held three counselor positions at Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center, Deaf ACCESS and Deaf
   Outreach Center.
 • Worked primarily with members of the Deaf Community providing rehabilitation, independent
   living and mental health counseling.
 • Collaborated with stakeholders to improve the capacity of the mental health system to
   respond to deaf and hard of hearing people.




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GRANTS

 • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Demonstration Projects to
   Ensure Students with Disabilities a Quality Higher Education, $704,214, Co-Author, (2005).
 • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Demonstration Projects to
   Ensure Students with Disabilities a Quality Higher Education, $701,391, Primary Author,
   (2002).

C E R T I F I C AT I O N S

 • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, October 1995.
 • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, April 1987.

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS

 • Arkansas Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually
   Impaired, 2011 Arkansas Distinguished Advocate Award.
 • Association of Higher Education and Disability, 2008 Professional Recognition Award.
 • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2007 Staff Achievement Award.
 • Arkansas Association of the Deaf, 2005 Special Recognition Award.
 • American College Personnel Association, 2001 Runner-Up for Outstanding Student Affairs-
   Faculty Collaboration for Project PACE.
 • Director’s Special Commendation for Exemplary Service to the Arkansas State Park System,
   April, 2000.
 • Southeast Museums Conference 1999 Design Competition, Silver Award for Mounds of
   Knowledge: A Teacher’s Guide to Visiting Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
 • National Association for Interpretation, Region VI, 1999 Best Workshop Award for Intentional
   Interpretation: Planting Seeds of Change.
 • Walter G. Ross Award, 1987, Gallaudet University.
 • Margaret E. Fitch Award in Psychology, 1984, Hendrix College.

A F F I L I AT I O N S

 • Ark-AHEAD (Affiliate Chapter of national AHEAD organization), Little Rock, Arkansas—
   Webmaster, July 2007 to Present; 2004-2005; Immediate-Past Chair, 2003-2004; Chair,
   2002-2003; Vice-Chair, 2001-2002; Member since 2000.
 • Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Huntersville, North Carolina. Member
   since 2000.
 • National Association for Interpretation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lifetime member since
   1995.
 • Gallaudet Alumni Association, Washington, D.C. Lifetime member since 1987.




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P U B L I C AT I O N S

Book Chapter
Anderson, G. & Thornton, M. P. (1993) Unresolved issues in providing mental health services to
   persons who are deaf. In O. Welch (Ed.) Research and Practice in Deafness: Current Issues in
   Education, Psychology and Vocational Rehabilitation, Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas
   Publisher.

Journal Articles
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2010). Walking the walk: Modeling social model and universal design in
   the disabilities office. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 23 (1), pp. 72 - 78.
Winningham, A.; Gore-Felton, C.; Galletly, C.; Seal, D.; and Thornton, M. (2008). Lessons learned
   from more than two decades of HIV/AIDS prevention efforts: Implications for people who are
   deaf or hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf, 153 (1), pp. 48 – 54.
Thornton, M. (1997) Breaking the sound barrier: Communicating effectively with visitors who are
   deaf or hard of hearing. Legacy: The Magazine of the National Association of Interpretation,
   July/August.

Conference Proceedings
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2008). Anticipating diversity: Weaving universal design into your
   campus tapestry and beyond, 2008 PEPNet Conference Proceedings, Knoxville, TN: PEPNet.
Downs, S.; Thornton, M.; and Hebert, A. (2008). Shift happens, 2008 PEPNet Conference
   Proceedings, Knoxville, TN: PEPNet.
Hebert, A.; Downs, S.; and Thornton, M. (2008) Wellness: It does a body good, Concurrent session,
   2008 PEPNet Conference Proceedings, Knoxville, TN: PEPNet.
Thornton, M.; Downs, S.; and Hebert, A. (2008). Leadership: It’s in you, 2008 PEPNet Conference
   Proceedings, Knoxville, TN: PEPNet.
Ketchum, H. & Thornton, M. (1995) HIV education and outreach: Establishing a partnership for
   life. In B.D. Snider (Ed.) Innovative Partnerships in Recovery, Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet
   University Press.
Thornton, M. (1991) Peer support: A vital link for persons newly diagnosed as hard of hearing, In
   Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. Convention Proceedings, Bethesda, MD: SHHH, Inc.

Newsletter Articles
Downs, S.; Queller, S.; and Thornton, M. (2007). Shift happens: Promoting the social justice model
   of disability on your campus, Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) ALERT
   Online Newsletter, December 2007.
Thornton, M. (2007). Enabling behaviors and disabling environments: Implementing AHEAD’s vision,
   Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) ALERT Online Newsletter, November
   2006.
Thornton, M. (1999) Top ten lessons I’ve learned about first impressions, lasting impressions, and
   hospitality. In VIsions - the Newsletter for Region 6 of the National Association of
   Interpretation, Volume XIII, Number 5, September - October.




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P U B L I C AT I O N S ( C O N T I N U E D )

Internal Publications
Funckes, C.; Kroeger, S.; Loewen, G.; & Thornton, M. (2011). Refocus: Viewing the work of
   disability services through a new lens. http://projectshift-refocus.com.
Thornton, M. & Loewen, G. (2009). Project PACE. http://ualr.edu/pace.
Downs, S. & Thornton, M. (2011). Disability Resource Center. http://ualr.edu/disability.
Thornton, M. (2005). Ten steps toward universal design of online courses. [CD Rom]. Little Rock,
   AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Northup, K., Thornton, M. and Woodyard, S. (2005). Make a difference: Tips for teaching
   students with psychiatric disabilities. Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Russ, K. & Thornton, M. (2003). Piece by piece: Library instruction for students with disabilities.
    Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Project PACE. (2003). Make a difference: Tools for enabling faculty to teach students with
    disabilities. [CD Training Package]. Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Disability Support Services. (2003). Faculty handbook on accommodating students with
    disabilities. Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Brashear, V.; Camp, C.; Bruni, K.; Thornton, M.; & Brooks, P. (2002). A guide for postsecondary
    counselors and disability service providers working with deaf and hard of hearing students.
    Knoxville, TN: PEPNet, University of Tennessee.
Lefebure, H., Queller, S., & Thornton, M. (2002). Make a difference: Tips for teaching students
    who have learning disabilities. Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Queller, S., Thornton, M., & Threm, D. (2001). Make a difference: Tips for teaching students who
   are blind or have low vision. Little Rock, AR: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Best, J., Lewis, S., & Thornton, M. (2000). Mounds of knowledge: Ideas and activities to make
   your field trip more meaningful. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas State Parks.
Thornton, M. (2000). A guide to the plants on the plum bayou trail. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas
   State Parks.

S E L E C T E D P R E S E N TAT I O N S

National and International Conferences
Thornton, M.; Loewen, G.; Funckes, C.; and Kroeger, S. (2011) Paradigm shift:
   Transformational change in disability service delivery. Pre-conference session, 2011
   Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD),
   Seattle, WA.
Kroeger, S.; Thornton, M.; Guzman, A.; & Johnson, K. (2011). Courageous conversations.
   Concurrent session, 2011 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education
   and Disability (AHEAD), Seattle, WA.
Thornton, M. & Loewen, G. (2010) Walking the UD talk: Applying new thinking of
   disability in your DS work. Pre-conference session, 2010 Annual Conference of the
   Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Denver, CO.
Loewen, G. & Thornton, M. (2010) Intersection: Power, privilege, and disability.
   Concurrent session, 2010 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education
   and Disability (AHEAD), Denver, CO.



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National and International Conferences (continued)
Thornton, M. (2009). Strategic planning: A vital process for a vital disability services
   office. Concurrent session, 2009 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher
   Education and Disability (AHEAD), Louisville, KY.
Duffy, T.; Grace, M.; Landrum, G.; Lissner, S.; Simon, J.; and Thornton, M. (2008). Meeting in the
    roundabout: Learning from multiple intersections. Invited panelist, Plenary panel discussion,
    2008 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Reno,
    Nevada.
Thornton, M. (2008). Hitch your wagon to a star: Innovative partnerships, technologies and ideas
   with the power to propel us forward. Invited concurrent session, 2008 Annual Conference of
   the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Reno, Nevada.
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2008). The ethics of doing business as usual: Rethinking our practices,
   reframing our roles. Invited half-day pre-conference session, 2008 Annual Conference of the
   Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Reno, Nevada.
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2008). Shift happens. Invited poster session, 2008 Annual Conference
   of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Reno, Nevada.
Thornton, M. (2008). The ethics of doing business as usual: Rethinking our practices, reframing
   our roles. Concurrent session, 2008 Annual Conference of the National Counselors of the Deaf
   Association (NCDA), Washington, D.C.
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2008). Anticipating diversity: Weaving universal design into your
   campus tapestry and beyond, Full-day pre-conference session, 2008 National PEPNet
   Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Downs, S.; Thornton, M.; and Hebert, A. (2008). Shift happens, Concurrent session, 2008 National
   PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Partnership Network) Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Hebert, A.; Downs, S.; and Thornton, M. (2008). Wellness: It does a body good, Concurrent
   session, 2008 National PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Partnership Network) Conference,
   Columbus, Ohio.
Thornton, M.; Downs, S.; and Hebert, A. (2008). Leadership: It’s in you, Concurrent session, 2008
   National PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Partnership Network) Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Thornton, M. & Downs, S. (2007). The ethics of doing business as usual, Concurrent session, 2007
   Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Charlotte,
   North Carolina.
Kroeger, S.; Loewen, G.; Pollard, B., Thornton, M. (2007). Take up the UD challenge! Full-day
   pre-conference session, 2007 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education and
   Disability (AHEAD), Charlotte, North Carolina.
Thornton, M. (2007) Reframing disability through strategic planning. Invited pre-conference
   session for the Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Postsecondary Education
   (CADSPPE), 2007 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of College and University
   Student Services (CACUSS), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Thornton, M.; Loewen, G.; and Ruel, Y. (2007) Advancing our profession. Concurrent session, 2007
   Conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS),
   Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Thornton, M. & Downs. S. (2006). Universal design:  Moving the campus ahead through
   organizational change and collaboration, Symposium, 2006 Annual Conference of the
   Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), San Diego, California.




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National and International Conferences (continued)
Thornton, M. (2003). Universal design: Enhancing education for all students. Abstract and talk
   for topical session on Universal Design, 2003 Annual Conference of the Geological Society of
   America.
Dixon, A., Queller, S., Russ, K., & Thornton, M. (2003). Collaborating to make a difference:
    Building alliances on your campus. Concurrent session, 2003 Annual Conference of the
    Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Dallas, Texas.
Lefebure, H. & Thornton, M. (2002). Make a difference: Tools for enabling faculty to teach
    students with disabilities. Poster session, 2002 Annual Conference of the Association of Higher
    Education and Disability (AHEAD), Arlington, Virginia.
Lefebure, H., Queller, S., & Thornton, M. (2001). Make a difference: Tools for enabling faculty to
    teach students with disabilities. Concurrent session, 2001 Annual Conference of the
    Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Portland, Oregon.
Queller, S. & Thornton, M. (2001). Make a difference: Tools for enabling faculty to teach students
   with disabilities. Concurrent session, 2001 Biennial International Conference on Higher
   Education and Disability, Innsbruck, Austria.
Thornton, M. (1995). Mental health and deafness: The need for a kaleidoscopic perspective.
   Invited guest lecturer, Highlight on Deafness series, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ketchum, H. & Thornton, M. (1994). A partnership for life: A model of HIV education and
   outreach Concurrent session, Innovative Partnerships in Recovery Conference, Kansas City,
   Kansas.
Thornton, M. (1991). Peer support: A vital link for persons newly diagnosed as hard of hearing.
   Concurrent session, 1991 Annual Conference of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.,
   Denver, Colorado.
Pottenger, P. & Thornton, M. (1989). Designing bridges: Counseling strategies to empower clients
    in transition. Concurrent session, 1989 Annual Conference of the American Deafness and
    Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), New York, New York.

State and Regional Conferences
Thornton, M. (2011). The difference a degree makes. Concurrent session, 2011 Annual
   Spring Conference of the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Higher Education
   and Disability (Ark-AHEAD), Mt. Magazine, AR.
Thornton, M. (2009). Test anxiety, inside out. Concurrent session, 2009 Annual Spring Conference
   of the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (Ark-AHEAD), Mt.
   Magazine, AR.
Downs, S.; Thornton, M.; Queller, S., and Barbuto, J. (2008). Reframing disability: Shift happens,
   Concurrent session, 2008 Annual Spring Conference of Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas Association of
   Higher Education and Disability), Paris, Arkansas.
Thornton, M. (2007). Greeting the brave new world with strategic planning. Concurrent session,
   2007 Annual Spring Conference of Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas Association of Higher Education and
   Disability), Paris, Arkansas.
Thornton, M. and Baker, L. (2007). Get in line with online. Concurrent session, 2007 Annual
   Spring Conference of Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas Association of Higher Education and Disability),
   Paris, Arkansas.
Thornton. M. & Downs, S. (2006). Anticipating diversity: Weaving universal design into your
   campus tapestry. Concurrent session, 2006 Annual Spring Conference of Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas
   Association of Higher Education and Disability), Eureka Springs, Arkansas.



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State and Regional Conferences (continued)
Thornton, M. (2005). Accommodating students with disabilities in postsecondary setting. Invited
   concurrent session, 2005 Annual Conference of the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance
   Programs (AASAP), Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Thornton, M. (2004). Universal design: Enhancing interpretive programs for all visitors.
   Concurrent session, Annual Workshop of Region 6 of the National Association of Interpretation
   (NAI).
Thornton, M. & Evans, K. (2004). Collaborating to make a difference—Building alliances, building
   support. Concurrent session, 2004 Annual Spring Conference of the Arkansas College Personnel
   Association (ACPA), Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Thornton, M. (1999). Intentional interpretation: Planting seeds of change. Concurrent session,
   Annual Workshop of Region 6 of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), Hot Springs,
   Arkansas.

Other Venues
Thornton, M. (2011) Why design matters: Web accessibility. Class presentation for IT majors.
   (Given annually for last 3 years).
Thornton, M. (2011). What is critical reflection? Project ShIFT Summer Institute, Portland, OR.
Thornton, M. & Funckes, C. (2011). Group reflection. Project ShIFT Summer Institute, Portland,
   OR.
Thornton, M. & Funckes, C. (2010) Articulating our values, creating allies for change.
   Project ShIFT Summer Institute, Minneapolis, MN.
Thornton, M. (2010). ShIFT IT: Designing more usable digital environments. Project ShIFT Summer
   Institute, Minneapolis, MN.
Thornton, M. (2009). Just design. PEPNet Family Meeting, Delivered remotely to Denver,
   CO.
Thornton, M. (2009). Why design matters. PEPNet Family Meeting, Delivered remotely to
   Denver, CO.
Thornton, M. (2009). The power of framing. Project ShIFT Summer Institute, Denver, CO.
Thornton, M. & Kroeger, S. (2009). Disability frames in language, media and design. Project ShIFT
   Summer Institute, Denver, CO.
Thornton, M. (2004). Cooling down your hot buttons. Invited presenter, General Membership
   Meeting of the Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ARID), Little Rock, Arkansas.




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