Tom Serwatka

VP Chief of Staff

President's Office • President's Office Division

Areas of Expertise

Education of Deaf Students

Social Justice Issues 


 

Education

Ph.D. Kent State University; Kent, Ohio; 1973 to 1976

Major - Special Education

Cognate - Speech and Language Disorders

 

M.Ed. Kent State University; Kent, Ohio; 1970 to 1973

Major - Education of Deaf Students

 

B.A. Baldwin-Wallace College; Berea, Ohio; 1964 to 1969

Major - Speech

Minors - Psychology and Business Administration

 

Non-Degree Programs

 

Smith College; Northampton, Massachusetts; 1971

Graduate-Level Teacher Preparation Program

Education of Deaf Students

 

Florida Atlantic University for the Council for Exceptional Children; 1983

Computer-Based Instruction Training Program

 

University of South Carolina; 1992

Strategic Planning Coordination Training Program

Biography

After 30-plus years, I find myself more committed to the importance of teaching and learning than on the day that I began my career. This increased commitment comes from a shift in my understanding of what education ought to do. For me, teaching and learning are less about preparing for today's challenges and more about creating tomorrow's realities.

 

Throughout this career I have tried to use research and discourse, as well as a dedication to social justice, to help in constructing these future realities. This has been guided by my belief in our interconnectedness and our reliance on and responsibility to creation. 

 

If you would like more information on anything you find on these pages or if you're interested in opening a dialogue, please contact me in whatever way you find most convenient.

 

Professional Experience - Administrative Responsibilities

 

Vice President and Chief of Staff; 2005 to Present

 

Interim Director, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art; 2010

 

Special Assistant to the President and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research; 2001 to 2005

 

Graduate Dean and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; 1999 to 2001

 

Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Services; 1995 to 1999

 

Executive Director, Deaf Service Center of Jacksonville; 1984 to 1994

 

Co-coordinator/Coordinator, NCATE Reaccreditation/Department of Education Program Approval; College of Education and Human Services; 1990-1994

 

Program Director, Special Education; University of North Florida; 1984 to 1988 and 1994 to 1995

 

Professional Experience - Faculty Responsibilities

 

Professor (Assistant/Associate); University of North Florida; 1975 to Present; Member of the Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral Faculties; Dissertation Chair Status


Professional Experience - Previous Positions

 

Visiting Instructor; Kent State University; 1975

 

Teaching Fellow; Kent State University; 1974 to 1975

 

Technical Assistant; Kent State University; 1973 to 1974

 

Teacher, Junior High and Middle School Deaf Students; Lakewood Public Schools; 1969 to 1972

 

Associate Therapist; Cleveland Speech and Hearing Clinic, Fairview Park Hospital; 1969

Awards

Legends Award.  The LGBT Resource Center of the University of North Florida. 2011

Choice Award for Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation. Outstanding Academic Publication for 2010

Voice for Equality Award. Equality Florida. 2010 

Awarded honorary membership in Golden Key National Honor Society. Selected by UNF chapter. 1998.

Recipient of a Teaching Incentive Program award, University of North Florida. 1995.

College of Education and Human Services’ nominee for Outstanding Teaching Award. 1995.

Honors of the Organization Award. Florida Educators of the Hearing Impaired. 1985.

Faculty member contributing the most to the education of disabled students in the State University System. Board of Regents: Florida State University System. 1980.
 

Affiliations

Professional Organizational Leadership Roles

 

Association of College Educators in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation [National Teacher Training Organization]; Vice President 1983 to 1984

 

Northeast Florida Educational Consortium for the Deaf; Executive Board 1979 to Present; Executive Director 1993 to 1995; President 1991 to 1993; Program Chair 1986 to 1988

 

Accreditation and Program Approval

 

Institutional Accreditation Site Visits for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; 3 Different K-12 Site Visits; 3 Different Public Universities

 

Program Approval Reviews for the Florida Department of Education; Review of Over 16 Different Colleges/Universities; Served as Chair for 10 Panels

 

Follow-up Technical Assistance to the University of Miami on Behalf of Florida DOE

 

Program Approval Panel Reviews for the Council on Education of the Deaf; Reviewed 9 College/University Programs; Served as Chair for 3 Panels

 

Florida Committees

 

Research Council for Special Education and Community Programs; Florida Department of Education; 1993 to Present

 

Task Force on Board of Education Rule Changes in Deaf Education; Florida Department of Education; 1993 to 1994

 

State Steering Committee Hearing Impaired Programs; Florida Department of Education;1988 to 1990

 

Advisory Committee on Certification in Deaf Education; Florida Department of Education;1988 to 1989

 

Task Force on Education for Hard-of-Hearing Students; Florida Department of Education; 1983 to 1984

 

Task Force on the Development of Standards for Special Diplomas for Hearing-Impaired Students; Florida Department of Education; 1979 to 1980

 

Community Boards and Committees

 

Cathedral Arts Program; Board Member; 2013 to Present

 

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; Board Member; 2012 to Present

 

Discovery Montessori School; Board Member; 2011 to 2013

 

Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN); Board Member; 2006 to Present; Vice Chair 2007 to 2012

 

North Florida School for Exceptional Students; Board Member, Vice President; 2004 to 2008

 

First Coast CARES (Consortium for AIDS Research, Education and Services); Board Member; 1996 to 1998

 

First Coast Advisory Committee; Northeast Florida AIDS Network; Charter Member; 1995 to 1998; Co-Chair;1995 to 1998

 

Northeast Florida AIDS Network; Board Member; 1995 to 1999

 

First Coast Community AIDS Coalition; Board Member; 1994 to 1995

 

Community Advisory Committee on Cochlear Implants; Neumours Hospital and Mayo Clinic; Advisory Committee; 1994 to 1996

 

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Clinic, Inc.; Advisory Board; 1989 to 1990

 

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Clinic, Inc.; Board Member; 1978 to 1989

 

Challenge Programs; Duval County Public Schools; Advisory Board; 1983 to 1985

 

Recruitment of Minority Students for Gifted Programs; Duval County Public Schools; Advisory Committee; 1984 to 1985

 

Duval County International Year of the Disabled Committee; Board Member; Educational Chair; 1981

 

St. Augustine Association for Retarded Citizens; Advisory Board; 1977 to 1978

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Project Director. University of Central Florida and University of North Florida, cooperative master's degree program in speech pathology. 1995 to 1998. ($27,800)

 

Project Director. Northeast Florida personnel development partnership in exceptional student education. Florida Department of Education. 1995 to 1996. ($30,000)

 

Executive Director. Deaf Service Center of Jacksonville. United Way of Northeast Florida. 1986 to 1994. ($676,000)

 

Director. Behavioral and instructional consultants. Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. 1984 to 1990. ($339,933)

 

Director. Training and technical assistance contract. North Florida Area Head Start Programs.1984 to 1990. ($118,000)

 

Co-Director. Education and employment for prelingually deaf students. Postsecondary Education Planning Commission. 1987 to 1989. ($58,100)

 

Director. Special credit institutes. Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. 1984. ($3,000)

 

Director. Research grant. Comparison of deaf and hearing teacher effectiveness. University of North Florida Training and Service Institute. 1984. ($2,000)

 

Project coordinator. Program assistance grant. U.S. Department of Education.1979 to 1981. ($170,000) 

Publications & Presentations

Books

 

Serwatka, T.S. (2010). Queer questions, clear answers: The contemporary debates on sexual orientation. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

 
Assessment Instruments

 

Allen, S. G., & Serwatka, T. S. (1994). Auditory perception test for the hearing impaired. Burlingame, CA: Psychological and Educational Publications.

 

Venn, J.J., Serwatka, T.S., & Anthony, R. (1987). Scale of social development. Tulsa: Modern Education Corp.
 

Invited Chapters

 

Carroll, L., & Serwatka, T. S. (1999). No safe places. In Rea, D. & Warkentin, R. Empowering Youth-At-Risk with Skills for School and Life (pp. 160-165). New York: McGraw-Hill.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Carroll, L. (1999). Out of the School Closet: The Invisible Minority. In Fenner, D. Ethics in Education: An Anthology (pp. 109-140). New York: Garland Press.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Hansford S. (1991). State/provincial postsecondary programs for deaf students: The need and the problems. In Wolf-Schein, E.G., & Schein, J.D. (Eds.), Postsecondary education for deaf students (pp. 132-143). Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press.

 

Juried Articles

 

Beam, J.W.; Serwatka, T.S., & Wilson W.J. (2004). Preferred leadership of NCAA Division I and II intercollegiate student-athletes. Journal of Sport Behavior, 27, 1, 3-15.

 

D'Zamko, M.E., Serwatka, T.S., & Venn, J.J. (1987). Teacher training program evaluation: A model. The Florida Journal of Teacher Education, 4, 27-38.

 

Gonzales, B.R., Serwatka, T.S., & Van Nagel, C. (October, 1977). A model evaluation system for use in competency based teacher training programs: hearing impairment. American Annals of the Deaf, 122, 492-503.

 

Lissella, L.C., & Serwatka, T.S. (1996). Extracurricular participation and academic achievement in minority students in urban schools. The Urban Review, 28, 63-80.

 

Roberson, J. L., & Serwatka, T.S. (2000). Student Perceptions and Instructional Effectiveness of Deaf and Hearing Teachers. American Annals of the Deaf, 145, 257-263.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1992). Developing self concept in disabled students. National Forum of Special Education. Journal, 2, 4-9.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1990). Causes or correlates of improvements in education. Journal of Educational Studies, 7, 1-4.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Allen, S.G. (1996). The development and validation of an auditory perception test for the hearing impaired. Journal of Language Speech and Audiology, 19, 176-180.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Anthony, R., & Simon, S. (1986). A comparison of deaf and hearing teacher effectiveness. American Annals of the Deaf, 131, 339-343.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Deering, S., & Grant, P. (1995). Correlates of the overrepresentation of African-American students in classes for the emotionally disturbed. Journal of Black Studies, 25, 492-505.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Deering, S., & Stoddard, A. (1989). Correlates of the underrepresentation of black students in gifted classes. Journal of Negro Education, 58, 520-530.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Dove, T., & Hodge, W. (1986). Black students in special education: issues and implications for community involvement. Negro Education Review, 37, 17-26.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Hesson, D., & Graham, M. (1984). Indirect intervention: its effect on reading achievement in hearing impaired students. Volta Review, 86, 81-88.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Venn, J.J., & Shreve, A.R. (1984). Single vs. multiple certification categories for teachers of hearing impaired students. American Annals of the Deaf, 129, 424-430.

 

Stone, A.K., & Serwatka, T.S. (February, 1982). Reducing syntactic errors in writing responses of a retarded adolescent through oral patterning. Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded, 17, 71-74.

 

Venn, J.J., Serwatka, T.S., & Shreve, A.R. (August, 1982). The selection of competencies for certifying teachers in hearing disabilities. American Annals of the Deaf, 127, 433-446.

 

Published Proceedings

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1995). The effectiveness of deaf and hearing teachers of deaf students. In Proceedings of the XII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. Vienna: Austrian Society for the Deaf.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1988). Development of self concept in deaf students. In Proceedings of the First Asian Pacific Conference on Deafness (pp.240-242). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Society for the Deaf.

 

Serwatka. T.S. (1986). The self image of the special needs child: Impact of the school and the family. In Early childhood Education: Special Interests for Special Needs (pp. 47-49). Educational Services Division.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1985). Family dynamics/self image and the special needs child. In Helping children with special needs through staff and parent training (pp.18-20). The Commission on Services for Special Needs Children: Birth to Five.

 

Serwatka, T.S. & Roberson, J.L. (2000) Deaf and hearing teachers: Providing diverse role models. The Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. Brisbane, Australia.

 

Van Nagel, C., Siudzinksi, R.M., Serwatka, T.S., & D'Zamko, M.E. (1978). The validation of competencies in special education. In Monograph of teacher educators for children with behavior disorders. Tempe, Arizona.

 

Reviews

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1986). CID Preschool Performance Scale [Review of CID Preschool Performance Scale]. In R.C. Sweetland, & D.J. Keyser (Eds.), Test Critiques, Vol.4 (pp. 157-161). Kansas City, Missouri: Test Corporation of America.

 

Serwatka, T.S.(1986). Picture Spondee Threshold Test [review of Picture Spondee Threshold Test]. In R.C. Sweetland, & D.J. Keyser (Eds.), Test Critiques, Vol.4 (pp. 493-495). Kansas City, Missouri: Test Corporation of America.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1982). Severely handicapped students: Strengthening the service delivery [Review of Severely handicapped students: Strengthening the delivery]. Volta Review, 84, 297.

 

ERIC Documents

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Fetsko, P.H. (1986). Math computation and spelling achievement of deaf students with deaf parents and deaf students with hearing parents. (Exceptional Child Education Resources EC 172 932).

 

Van Nagel, C., Siudzinski, R.M., Gonzales, B.R., D'Zamko, M.E., & Serwatka, T.S. (1976). Observation as a method of diagnosis and prescription. Presented at the third international scientific conference. Montreal: International Federation of Learning Disabilities. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services ED 135 147).

 

Van Nagel C., Siudzinski, R.M., Gonzales, B.R., Serwatka, T.S., & D'Zamko, M.E. (1976). Cooperative diagnosis among parent, teacher and child. Presented at the Third International Scientific Conference. Montreal: International Federation of Learning Disabilities. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services ED 135 151).

 

Van Nagel C., Venn, J.J., Siudzinski, R.M., & Serwatka, T.S. (November, 1982). Motivation and management methods to develop work-related behaviors of handicapped students. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services ED 218 891).

 

Videotape

 

(1995). Script for An introduction to the assessment of students who are hearing impaired or hard-of-hearing. Tallahassee, FL: Bureau of Student Services and Exceptional Education, Florida Department of Education.

 

Scholarly Presentation - International

 

Serwatka, T.S.  (2014) Protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Citizens and City Economics. Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. Common Ground.

Serwatka, T.S. (2010). Out of the school closet: Creating safe and affirming schools. International Diversity Conference – Queens University. Belfast, Ireland.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1999). Deaf and Hearing Teachers: Providing Diverse Role Models. XIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. Brisbane, Australia.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1995). The effectiveness of deaf and hearing teachers of deaf students. XII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. Vienna, Austria.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1989). A model for regional postsecondary educational programs for deaf students: The need and the problems. International Conference on Postsecondary Education of Deaf Students. Edmonton, Canada.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1986). Development of self-concept in deaf students. Asian Pacific Conference on Deafness. Hong Kong.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1984). Teaching effectiveness of deaf and hearing teachers. International Congress on Education of the Deaf. Manchester, England.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Anthony, R.A., & Venn, J.J. (1983). Social development scales for multi-handicapped and deaf students. Combined convention of the Conference of American Instructors of the Deaf, the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf, and the Association of Canadian Educators of the Deaf. Winnipeg, Canada. (paper read).

 

Scholarly Presentation - National

 

Allen S.G., & Serwatka, T.S. (1996). Auditory training and speech for hearing impaired students. Convention of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Orlando, Florida.

 

Allen S.G., & Serwatka, T.S. (1995). An integrated approach to auditory training and speech. Convention of the Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing. Dallas, Texas.

 

Carroll, L., & Serwatka, T.S. (1998). There are no safe places: Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. Ninth Annual Youth at Risk Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1998). AIDS 101: Gay teens continue to seroconvert: Why? Garnering Support for Change: Preparing Educators to Prevent HIV/AIDS. Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1982). Motivating the handicapped student. Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. Houston, Texas.

 

Serwatka, T.S. (1981). Competencies needed by teachers of hearing impaired students. Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators in Hearing Impairment. Rochester, New York.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Allen S.G. (1992). Development of the Auditory Perception Test for the Hearing Impaired. A.G. Bell Convention. San Diego, California.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Anthony R.A. (1988). Developing a positive self-concept in the hearing impaired student. Convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association. Orlando, Florida. (paper read).

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Anthony, R.A. (1986). Deaf teachers: an endangered species. Annual conference of the Association of College Educators in Hearing Impairment. San Francisco, California.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Carroll, L. (1998). Ethics, public schools, and homosexuality: A day in the life of... Annual conference of the National Association of Multicultural Education. St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Serwatka, T.S., Deering, S., & Grant; P. (1991). The over-representation of African-American students in classes for the emotionally disturbed. Convention of the National Association of Multicultural Education. Orlando, Florida.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Dove, T. (1989). Black students in special education: Too many retarded, too few gifted. Black Child Development Institute. Washington, D.C.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Gonzales, R.B. (1978). A model evaluation program for deaf education programs. Annual conference of the Association of College Educators in Hearing Impairment. Denver, Colorado.

 

Serwatka, T.S., & Venn, J.J. (1984). An awareness and rights curriculum for disabled students. Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. Washington, D.C.

 

Serwatka, T.S. & Wynn, R. (2005). Out of the school closet. Annual conference of the National Association of Multicultural Education. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Shreve, A.R., & Serwatka, T.S. (1979). Counseling parents of hearing impaired children. First Step Conference. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

 

Van Nagel, C., Siudzinski, R.M., Serwatka, T.S., & D'Zamko, M.E. (1977). Competency-based teacher education. Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Venn, J.J., Siudzinski, R.M., & Serwatka, T.S. (1980). Managing a classroom of multi-handicapped students. Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Consultant

 

Research Design Consultant. AIDS Prevention Project: Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) [for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth]. Funded by the Florida Department of Health. 1998-2000.

 

Focus Group Leader. AIDS Prevention Grant. First Coast Community AIDS Prevention Partnership. Funded by the Florida Department of Health.1998.

 

Lead consultant for development and validation of competencies for teachers of hearing impaired students. University of South Florida. Funded by the Florida Department of Education.

 

Focus Group Leader. Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, District IV. U.S. Conference of Mayors’ AIDS Prevention Education Grant. 1994-1995.

 

Lead Writer. Videotape and technical assistance paper on standards and practices in assessing deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Funded through U.S. Department of Education IDEA grant awarded to the Florida Department of Education. 1994.

 

Task Force Member. Alliance for Tomorrow’s Teachers grant. College of Education and Human Services. University of North Florida. AT&T Foundation and AACTE. 1992-1993.

 

Lead Writer/Consultant. Study guide for teachers of the hearing impaired. Center for Development and Instructional Studies: Florida State University under contract to Florida Department of Education. 1988-1989.

 

Consultant. Third and eighth grade basic skills examinations for hearing impaired students in Florida. Center for Developmental and Institutional Studies: Florida State University under contract to Florida Department of Education. 1988-1989.

 

Consultant. Teacher competency test development. Center for Developmental and Institutional Studies: Florida State University under contract to Florida Department of Education. 1987-1988.

 

Research Consultant. Florida School for the Deaf. Basic Skills Grant. 1980-1981.

 

Research Consultant. Florida School for the Deaf. Right to Read Grant. 1978-1980.

 

Staff Writer and Material Developer. Programs for deaf and learning disabled students. National Institute of Education via Instructional Industries. 1978-1980.

SerwatkaContact Information

Building 0001, Room 2800

(904) 620-2509

tom.serwatka@unf.edu