Welcome Song-Jae Jo!
Song-Jae Jo, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation associate professor at Daegu University in South Korea, has been named a visiting scholar for the National Research and Training Center (NRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University.
Song-Jae began his yearlong appointment August 1, where he will pursue research and writing projects to refresh and advance his knowledge of vocational rehabilitation services, policies, and procedures. As the only U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded center focused on employment outcomes of persons with blindness or low vision, the NRTC will provide Song-Jae the opportunity to further explore his interests of educational, vocational, and career curriculum and programming. He will be involved in a variety of research projects, including the analyses of the Rehabilitation Services Administration case service report dataset (RSA-911) of employment outcomes for consumers who are deaf-blind.
“I am excited about the different experiences available to me through the NRTC,” said Song-Jae.
He plans to visit and observe many schools and service providers throughout the region. Song-Jae hopes to use these new experiences and knowledge to continue influencing and developing services available to vocational rehabilitation consumers across South Korea.
Song-Jae earned his Ph.D. in rehabilitation counselor education from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in both rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation teaching from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dangook University in Seoul, Korea. He has worked for Daegu University for 10 years and actively serves as peer reviewer, research consultant, and board member for a number of organizations.