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Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

CLAS has a special mission within the university: a focus on graduate education, the preparation of professionals who will provide leadership in the schools and public and private agencies of Texas. The multi-disciplinary and multicultural nature of our department provides opportunities to model collaboration across disciplines, and to learn from one another as we promote respect for all cultures and individuals.Recent Faculty Publications2013 Faculty Refereed Publications

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Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean Universities

Four (4) Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales in Chile visited Texas State University to inaugurate a new doctoral level partnership. This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-US research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The inaugural week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State University.  Activities included a Research Colloquium, strategic planning, and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois, II met with the Chilean scholars and signed documents establishing this institutional partnership (see attached pic).  Texas State is also partnering with the US Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.          

This partnership is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in Education Program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include: 1) mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, 2) collaborative Chilean-US educational research projects, and 3) joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research & Policy Development in Chile.

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Standing, Left to Right: Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (Faculty Senator, Texas State University), Dr. José Weinstein (Doctoral Director, Universidad Diego Portales), Dr. Sarah Nelson (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Michael O’Malley (Department Chair, Texas State University), Dr. Alejandra Falabella (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Stan Carpenter (Dean, College of Education, Texas State University), Dr. Ann Brooks (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Soledad Concha (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales)

Seated, Left to Right: Dr. María Teresa Rojas (Doctoral Academic Secretary, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, II (Provost, Texas State University), Dr. Debbie Thorne (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University)
Left to Right: Drs. Sarah Nelson (TxSt), Alejandra Falabella (Chile), Michael O’Malley (TxSt), María Teresa Rojas (Chile), & José Weinstein (Chile).

Dr. Homeyer Honored as Director Emeritus by Association for Play Therapy

Linda Homeyer, a professor in and former chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Adult Education at Texas State University, was conferred the national honor of director emeritus by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors during its recent conference in Houston.

The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.

A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credentialing program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.

"Homeyer's leadership contributions to the advancement of APT and its mission are absolutely outstanding," said Jennifer Baggerly, chair of the board of directors.

Homeyer is only the sixth past director to receive the designation.

Play therapy is an approach favored by many licensed mental health professionals in the U.S. and 25 other nations to therapeutically use play to help clients better describe and resolve their problems. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play.

APT is a national professional society that provides research, training, and credentialing programs to assist those professionals. Additional information is available at www.a4pt.org.

Linda Homeyer gives her acceptance speech upon being honored as Director Emeritus
Linda Homeyer gives her acceptance speech upon being honored as Director Emeritus

CLAS Faculty Book Authors Recognized at Reception Hosted by President Trauth

The following faculty members from the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology were recognized by President Trauth at a Fall reception for their scholarly work in recently publishing books in their field:

Dr. Ann K. Brooks:

Brooks, A. K., & Edwards, K. (2013). Consulting in uncertainty: The power of inquiry. New York, NY: Routledge.

Drs. Stephen P. Gordon & Jovita M. Ross-Gordon:

Glickman, C. D., Gordon, S. P., & Ross-Gordon, J. M. (2014). SuperVision and instructional leadership: A developmental approach (9th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Dr. Paul Jantz:

Jantz, P. B., Davies, S. C., & Bigler, E. D. (2014). Working with traumatic brain injury in schools: Transition, assessment, and intervention. New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Dr. Sarah W. Nelson:

Slater, C. L., & Nelson, S. W. (Eds.). (2013). Understanding the principalship: An international guide to principal preparation. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley:

Burdick, J., Sandlin, J. A., & O’Malley, M. P. (Eds.). (2014). Problematizing public pedagogy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Drs. Cynthia A. Plotts & Jon Lasser:

Plotts, C. A., & Lasser, J. (2013). School psychologist as counselor: A practitioner’s handbook. Bethesda, MD: NASP.

President Trauth Confers Academic Title of Professors Emeriti on Retired CLAS Faculty Drs. Michael Boone & Colleen Connolly

President Trauth has conferred the honorary academic title of Professor Emeritus on Dr. Michael D. Boone (Educational Leadership) and Dr. Colleen M. Connolly (Professional Counseling). The conferring of this title is not automatic upon retirement, but rather is based upon individual distinction and exceptional high quality service and outstanding contributions to the University which clearly demonstrate the individual's worthiness of this honor. President Trauth announced these honorary titles at the annual Faculty & Staff Retirement Reception on September 29, 2014. Congratulations to Drs. Boone and Connolly!              

Dr. Michael D. Boone, Professor Emeritus
Educational Leadership

Dr. Michael Boone retired in May 2014 after 26 years of teaching, scholarship, and service at Texas State University. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Washington State University, an M.A. in American History from Washington State University, and a B.A. in Social Science from Pittsburgh State University. Prior to entering the professoriate, he worked in Washington State as a school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. Dr. Boone has taught graduate courses in the Education & Community Leadership and the Ph.D. in Education programs at Texas State. He has generously offered significant leadership for both of these programs across his career at the university. Serving on the faculty as the College of Education’s first doctoral program was formed, he has been the chair or member of 16 dissertation committees. Dr. Boone directly advised over 100 principal certification candidates, served as program coordinator of the Education & Community Leadership program, coordinated the superintendent certification program, and served as Acting Chair of the Educational Administration and Psychological Services Department for four semesters. Dr. Boone’s scholarly contributions in the field of educational leadership include nearly 50 refereed publications, with 28 of these as single author. In addition, he was co-editor of The Rural Educator and has presented 54 refereed national conference papers. He has provided substantive service at the university, college, and department levels as well as to the community and to the profession at both national and state levels. Dr. Boone’s passion for teaching, commitment to students, spirit of generous service, and scholarly contributions are widely recognized by both his graduate students and his faculty peers.

Dr. Colleen M. Connolly, Associate Professor Emerita
Professional Counseling

Dr. Colleen Connolly retired in May 2014 after 15 years of teaching, scholarship, and service at Texas State University. Dr. Connolly earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University, and a B.S. from Texas A&M University. In addition to her work as a professor, Dr. Connolly has served in her career as a counselor and therapist for both agencies and in private practice. She has taught a wide range of graduate courses in the Professional Counseling program, earning the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Connolly’s scholarship has advanced knowledge and practice in the field of professional counseling and includes 17 refereed publications, 11 as single author, and 23 refereed conference papers at both the national and state levels. She has actively served the university’s Women and Gender Research Collaborative as well as the Allies program, contributing the Texas State Campus Climate study and report for the Student Affairs Allies Program. Dr. Connolly has offered substantive service within and beyond the university, earning six service awards over her career at the university. Her professional service activities include membership on the editorial boards of several journals, national leadership positions with the American Counseling Association, and state leadership positions with the Texas Counseling Association. Dr. Connolly’s leadership at national and state levels, service to the university, quality of teaching and advising, and scholarly contributions are highly valued by her faculty colleagues and her graduate students.

School Psychology Program Awarded $1.05 Million Grant for Bilingual Credentialing by the U.S. Department of Education: Drs. Cynthia Plotts (PI), Jon Lasser (Co-PI), DesireƩ Vega (Co-PI) & Team

Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the Principal Investigator (Project Director) for Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), a project recently awarded a five-year $1.05 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.

Other CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Jon Lasser, Professor of School Psychology
  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Desireé Vega, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Scholar Coordination & Supervision – Dr. Laurie Klose, Associate Clinical Professor of School Psychology
  • Practicum Coordinator – Dr. Paul Jantz, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Field Supervision – Dr. Mike Garcia and Dr. Rachel Robillard, Adjunct Professors of School Psychology
  • Consultant – Dr. Robert Reardon, Associate Professor of Adult Education

See our write-up in the University Star.

Congratulations to Dr. Plotts and the entire Project SUPERB team!