Fran Ni

Associate Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies

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RWEC 135

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At WOU since


Course schedule

Summer 2020



  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, University of Connecticut, CT
  • M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy with Distinction, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
  • B.A. in Nursing, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan

Teaching focus

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Grants and funding

  • 2011  Received WOU Foundation Grant, Chinese Club

Professional experience

2008-present – Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University.

  • Delivered nine different graduate theory courses, 10 practica, and one internship.
  • Provided academic services, including serving as Chair for RCE students’ Graduate Portfolio projects,
  • supervising, advising, and mentoring.
  • Committed to scholarship development

2007-2008 – Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut

  • Taught graduate courses Counseling Theory and Practice and Counseling: Advanced Practice.
  • Conducted practice session and supervision
  • Evaluated students’ academic performance

2005-2008 – Rehabilitation Service Counselor, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Rehabilitation Service RI

  • Provided counseling and guidance
  • Developed individualized plans for employment
  • Provided transition services from school to employment
  • Provided college or vocational training
  • Provided job development and placement services
  • Provided job training and job supports

Awards and honors

  • 2013  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel), III (Research), IV (Course reassignment)
  • 2012  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2011  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2011  Received Faculty Development Fund, category III (Research)
  • 2011  Received ASWOU Over Realized Fund, Chinese Club
  • 2009  Received WOU Foundation Grant, Chinese Club
  • 2009  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2008  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2008  Certified as a rehabilitation counselor, Valid October 1, 2008-September 30, 2013
  • 2007  Selected to participate in Rehabilitation Capacity Building and NIDRR-RSA Grant Writing Workshop, September 6-7

Graduate courses taught

  • RC 609 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling,
  • RC 625 Rehabilitation Counseling Research,
  • RC 630 Group Work,
  • RC 650 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling, and
  • RC 662 Measurement and Assessment Procedures in Deafness and Rehabilitation.

Publications and Presentations

  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., & Harrington,C. (2012).The effect of education on mental health and behavioral adjustments among American Indians from eastern tribes. Manuscript was submitted to Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin for publication in October 2012
  • Harrington, C., Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Liebert, D. E., &Ellien, V.(2012). Factors related to employment among Native Americans. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 34, 36-43.
  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Liebert, D. E., Ellien, V., &Harrington, C. (2011).  Native Americans with disabilities: A comparison of male and female eastern tribal members. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 7, 41-53.
  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Ellien, V., Harrington, C. & Liebert, D. E. (2009).Community needs assessment of Native Americans and one year follow-up evaluation.  Proceedings.

Professional memberships

  • National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (200-2009)
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (2006-2009)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (2006-9)
  • American Counseling Association (2006-8)
  • Society for Community Research and Action (American Psychological Association Division 27)

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