UD Professor George Bear


Students having questions about adding the Disability Studies (DIST) minor, coursework, or program requirements should contact one of the minor’s advisors. DIST minor advisors are assigned based on one’s college or major as follows.

College of Education & Human Development
Imani Powell, ipowell@udel.edu
109 Alison Hall Addition
(302) 831-8125

College of Arts & Sciences (except Secondary Education or Cognitive Science majors)
Wes Garton, wgarton@udel.edu
105 Pearson Hall
(302) 831-7550

Cognitive Science majors
Igbal Ataelmanan, iatta@udel.edu
133 Willard Hall

All other Colleges and Secondary Education
Laura Eisenman, eisenman@udel.edu
213H Willard Hall Building
(302) 831-0532


The Program Advisory Group for the Disability Studies Minor includes faculty, staff, and students from across the university. Faculty includes:

  • Laura Eisenman, DIST Minor Coordinator; Professor, School of Education
  • Beth Mineo, Director, Center for Disabilities Studies; Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Brian Freedman, Associate Director, Center for Disabilities Studies; Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Sarah Curtiss, Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Bridget Johnson, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Steve Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Nancy Weiss, Professor of Practice, College of Health Sciences
  • Rita Landgraf, Professor of Practice, College of Health Sciences
  • Sean Healy, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Health & Nutrition
  • Stephanie Kerschbaum, Associate Professor, English
  • Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor, English
  • Jai Virdi, Assistant Professor, History
  • Paul Jackson, Assistant Professor, Geography

Administrative Support

Tracy Beird, tbeird@udel.edu
461 Wyoming Road
(302) 831-4805

Other Resources

Because the DIST minor is sponsored by UD’s Center for Disabilities Studies, students in the minor are considered “trainees” by the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Trainees have access to a variety of professional resources, post-graduation employment opportunities, and information about current disability issues. Check out the AUCD trainee page. The DIST minor also has a Facebook group. We use this group to share information about disability-related scholarships, local part-time jobs, and campus activities. To join, search for us by name in Facebook (UDel Disability Studies) or visit their page here. Under the main image, click on + Join Group. And, while visiting Facebook, please “like” the Center for Disabilities Studies Facebook page.