Human Development and Family Sciences

Ethel Virginia Sticinski portrait

Cohort: 2020


Valerie Earnshaw


Disability Studies, Families

Research Interest(s)

investigating factors which support the positive growth and development of young adults with cognitive disabilities and mental health challenges

Ethel Virginia Sticinski

Virginia Sticinski is a Ph.D student in the Human Development and Family Science program. Her research interests involve investigating age, racial and ethnic disparities in services and social support access among families with children with disabilities and mental health challenges. She also has an interest in leadership development in the disabilities field and is conducting research on effective practices in leadership development through the National Leadership Consortium. Virginia has over 20 years’ experience as an educator, and is the proud parent of four boys, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. As an educator and a parent, Virginia has been working with service providers for over 19 years. She is an active volunteer for the Delaware Special Olympics and the Autism Society of Delaware, and serves on the committee for the Mental Health Association of Delaware (MHA) and the Autism Delaware newsletter, The Sun.


  • Presenter: Learning Communities: Past, Present and Future, Learning Communities Summer Institute, Delaware Technical and Community College
  • Presenter: Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution, Delaware Technical Community College
  • Presenter: Promoting Student Engagement, Adjunct Faculty Department Inservice, Delaware Technical Community College
  • Presenter: Gender Stratification, Social Science Film Series, Delaware Technical Community College
  • Presenter: Social Influences on Wellness, Stanton Health Fair, Delaware Technical Community College

Professional Experience

  • Social Science Instructor, Delaware Technical Community College, 2008-Present
  • Social Science Instructional Coordinator, Delaware Technical Community College, 2011-2015
  • Adjunct Instructor, Delaware Technical Community College, English and Social Science, 2001-2008:
  • Childcare Director, Stay and Play Childcare, 1997-2001:
  • Residential Counselor, Dungarvin of Delaware, INC. 1995-1997.

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
  • Nominated: Excellence in Student Success Award, 2013
  • College Project Hallmark Award (as college project consultant), Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention, 2013
  • Nominated, Excellence in Student Success Award, 2012


  • University of Delaware D  Human Development and Family Science: Expected Graduation: 2024
  • University of Delaware Ed: Technology, 2016
  • Wilmington University Ed: Elementary Education, 2003
  • University of Delaware BA: Psychology, 1996