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    [Section_Value1] => <p><span>Mr. Dodds works with students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships to fund undergraduate study abroad, post-graduate international service, and graduate school in foreign or federal service.&nbsp; <br /></span></p>
<p><span>Mr. Dodds earned a B.A. in political science from WKU and his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.&nbsp; Mr. Dodds was WKU's first finalist for the <a href="https://www.wku.edu/osd/scholarships/mitchell.php">George J. Mitchell Scholarship</a> and a finalist for the <a href="https://www.wku.edu/osd/scholarships/truman.php">Harry S. Truman Scholarship</a>.&nbsp; He has also served on the WKU Board of Regents. At GULC, he was a Public Interest Fellow and was a Special <em>Pro Bono</em> Honoree.<br /></span></p>
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    [Section_Value2] => <p>Prior joining OSD, Mr. Dodds gained experience in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Institute for Public Representation, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Federal Communications Commission.&nbsp; Mr. Dodds monitors federal and state rulemaking on telecommunications law and Internet policy, including broadband deployment in rural America, digital privacy, and intellectual property.</p>
<p>Mr. Dodds serves on the finance committee of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors.&nbsp; Mr. Dodds is a also member of the International Association for Privacy Professionals and the Federal Communications Bar Association.</p>
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    [Section_Value2] => <p>Melinda Grimsley-Smith is a historian of medicine and public health in modern Ireland and Britain. Her research examines the development and function of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Irish lunacy inspectorate and local government, as well as the professionalization of Irish psychiatry.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Melinda Grimsley-Smith earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, where she received a Presidential Fellowship, a pre-doctoral teaching fellowship from the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and several smaller grants to fund research in Dublin, Cork, and Co. Tipperary, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a fellowships advisor, she thinks of students' experiences and skills the same way she learned to think of historical sources: as bits of evidence to be interpreted for readers in a compelling, seamless argument.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Dr. Grimsley-Smith is a native of Utica, Kentucky and the mom of two girls who leave her speechless with their wit, warmth, and all-around awesomeness. She believes that life is virtually meaningless without goals and thus is always in the middle of a distance running or triathlon training plan as well as a few different DIY projects.&nbsp;</p>
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    [Section_Value2] => <p>Dr. Audra Jennings directs the Office of Scholar Development and is an associate professor in the Honors Academy. Her first book,&nbsp;<a title="Out of the Horrors of War" href="http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15574.html"><em>Out of the Horrors of War: Disability Politics in World War II America</em></a>&nbsp;(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), analyzes the ways in which the U.S. state at mid-century defined citizenship around notions of ablebodiedness by examining the American Federation of the Physically Handicapped, a national, cross-disability social movement organization that emerged during the war.</p>
<p>Dr. Jennings is currently working on two book projects. The first,&nbsp;<em>Rethinking the Disability Rights Movement</em>, which she is writing with historian Felicia Kornbluh, is under contract with Routledge. It extends the temporal and substantive boundaries of the movement and contextualizes it as part of a larger matrix of movements for social change. The second book project, <em>To Find, Count, and Cure: Disabled Children and the New Deal State</em>, examines services for disabled children, funded by the Social Security Act of 1935 and administered by the U.S. Children&rsquo;s Bureau. The program served more than one out of every 300 American children by 1948, providing a wide range of medical services. In this project, Dr. Jennings demonstrates how the state&rsquo;s efforts to &ldquo;discover,&rdquo; &ldquo;enumerate,&rdquo; and treat disabled children reflected a vision of the citizen as able-bodied and how disability&mdash;informed by gender, race, class, and sexuality&mdash;shaped the New Deal state more broadly, defining who belonged and who should be excluded.</p>
<p>Her articles appear in&nbsp;<em>Disability Histories</em>, eds. Susan Burch and Michael Rembis (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2014),&nbsp;<em>The Politics of Veterans Policy: Federal Policies and Veterans in the Modern US,</em><em>&nbsp;</em>ed. Stephen R. Ortiz (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012), and&nbsp;<em>Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas</em>&nbsp;(November 2007). She is the recipient of the 2013 Disability History Association (DHA) Outstanding Article Award and the James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for her article "&lsquo;An Emblem of Distinction': The Politics of Disability Entitlement, 1940-1950," which appeared in&nbsp;<em>The Politics of Veterans Policy</em>.</p>
<p>She received her Ph.D. in modern U.S. history from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2008. Dr. Jennings has received grants and fellowships from the Harry S. Truman Library, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, University College at WKU, the Department of History at OSU, the Department of Economics at OSU, the Graduate School at OSU, and the Council of Graduate Students at OSU.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. Jennings is a native of Sacramento, Kentucky. She began her career at Ohio State University, Newark, where she taught U.S. history and historical methods. In 2009, she joined the WKU Honors College. At WKU, she helps students develop strong national scholarship applications and teaches honors seminars on the history of disability, medicine, and modern U.S. history in the Honors Academy. Dr. Jennings has served on several committees for the DHA and as secretary for the organization for three terms. Additionally, she is a mentor for the American Historical Association Disability History Mentorship Program. Dr. Jennings received the 2013 Citizens Award from the Student Government Association at WKU for service to the university.</p>
<p>In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her dog Scout.</p>
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Office of Scholar Development Staff


Mr. Cory Dodds

Mr. Cory Dodds
- Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Opportunities

Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith

Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith
- Coordinator of International Scholarships

Dr. Audra Jennings

Dr. Audra Jennings
- Director, Office of Scholar Development; Associate Professor, Honors Academy


 


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