Dr. Rebecca Sametz, who earned two advanced degrees from WMU, completed her doctorate at Michigan State University in 2017 and has accepted an assistant professorship at University of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Sametz received an M.A. in both vision rehabilitation therapy and rehabilitation counseling and teaching in 2014. She will teach graduate-level courses and provide clinical supervision for students in the clinical rehabilitation counseling program. Her work includes teaching, research, advising graduate students, and developing curriculum.
UTTHS serves students and their clients who live in the mostly rural areas of Texas, so Sametz will primarily teach online courses. Her dissertation, Development of a Work-Based Learning Model for Youth with Disabilities from the Perspective of Employers, addresses rehabilitation models to assist disabled youth in becoming productive workers and helps health care professionals and vocational rehabilitation counselors serve their clients.
While at WMU, Sametz served as vice-chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee, now Graduate Student Association, from 2012 to 2014. This role led to increased engagement with the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) where she was elected to a board position in January 2014. As director of relations, she promoted the organization by communicating with other student organizations about fundraising sources and techniques.
Throughout her career Sametz has been elected to positions in numerous professional organizations, including the Michigan Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Association, Michigan Job Placement and Development Division, Michigan Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators, and National Rehabilitation Association Job Placement and Development Division (NRAJPDD), of which she was elected president for the 2017 term.
Sametz has a manuscript in review with the Journal of Rehabilitation and has numerous credentials, including Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in Michigan, and Employment Training Specialist (ETS). She has won two awards from the NRAJPDD. She credits her experiences at WMU with helping her to grow as a professional by providing opportunities and mentorship. According to Sametz, “WMU has a great student, faculty, and staff population who are there to support you and help you grow by opening doors… it is up to the student to step through those doors and make the most of each opportunity.”