The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (CLAS) has a unique mission within the university:  A focus on graduate education, the mission of CLAS is the preparation of professionals who will provide leadership in the schools and public and private agencies of Texas. The multidisciplinary 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.

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Congratulations to All of Our Spring 2016 Graduates

The department of CLAS would like to congratulate graduates from all 7 of our programs. You've all done tremendous work and we're so proud of your achievements.

We would like to give special attention as well to our new 2016 PhD recipients:

Dr. Kenneth Bader Breslow

Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Narratives of Directors of Disability Services:  Forms of Social Capital in Practice
Research Professor: Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Ji Yoon Christine Moon

Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: The Cultural Looking Glass:  A Narrative Analysis of Korean Female Professors in the U.S. Academy
Research Professor: Dr. Joellen E. Coryell, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Clint Michael Reneau

Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: My Brother’s Keeper:  Queering Masculinities in Higher Education
Research Professor: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Dawn M. Robarts

Major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education
Dissertation Title: Early Identification of the Non-Directed Kidney Donor:  Are there Personal Characteristics of College Students that Can Predict Their Willingness to Consider Non-Directed Kidney Donation?
Research Professor: Dr. Steven R. Furney, Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Yvette Cantu

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Esta Es Nuestra Historia:  An Intergenerational Study with Three Latin@ Educators
Research Professor: Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Grace Dolores Casey

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Sustaining Leadership:  Identifying Factors that Inform Principal Longevity
Research Professor: Dr. Sarah Nelson Baray, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Dessynie D Edwards

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: An Examination of Black Women Leaders’ Educational and Professional Experiences on the Path toward the Superintendency
Research Professor: Dr. Duncan Waite, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Matthew T. Hall

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Oro, Ergo Sum:  The Pedagogy of Spiritual Formation among Protestant Seminarians in the United States:  Toward a Post-Cartesian Framework
Research Professor: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Jeffry Todd King

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Existence in Tension:  A Post-Intentional Phenomenological Analysis of Teachers’ Perceptions of Pedagogical Metaxy as a Response to Gnostic Philosophy and Standardization in Education
Research Professor: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Dr. Patricia A Rocha

Major in Education-School Improvement
Dissertation Title: Stories of School and the Storied Lives of Latina/o Elementary Principals:  A Narrative Inquiry
Research Professor: Dr. Miguel Guajardo, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

"A Deeper Side" Documentary Screening and Q&A - Monday, April 25th

Monday, April 25th
7:00 P.M.
Centennial Hall Teaching Theater (room 157)

“A Deeper Side” is an award-winning documentary, shot in a naturalistic style without script or narration. It tells a very personal story about gifted artist, musician, and rapper, David Francis Drymala. Often speaking directly to the audience through his personal computer or camera, David gives the viewer a unique glimpse into his world of schizophrenia and addiction. His incredible art, music, and poetry also illustrate his inspired but painful journey. Filmed over a five-year period of time, the audience witnesses David’s attempts to establish himself as an artist and rapper while trying to cope with the demands of daily life. He is seen working on his art, performing his music, advocating for mental health awareness, and struggling to manage his own personal demons at the same time. David’s family and friends also share their painful recollections and frank disclosures illustrating the frustration and heartache experienced by those who love and care for individuals with mental illness and addiction.

A Question & Answer session will be held immediately following the screening. In attendance will be producer/director Dr. Ed Scholwinski, who is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State and his son Shane Scholwinski, who edited the entire project. Shane is a mass communications major, specializing in film and electronic media He will be graduating from Texas State in May 2016.

Also in attendance will be David’s father, Alan Drymala who is an executive producer of the project. He has been an intimate passenger on David’s journey and his chief advocate. Alan is licensed professional counselor and Jungian therapist with a private practice in San Antonio, Texas. He will talk about David’s current status and the national crisis in mental health services.

The screening of “A Deeper Side” at Texas State University is sponsored by:

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, The Psychology Department, The Association of School Psychology Students, and The Social Awareness Documentary Film Club.

For more information contact Kelsey Theis.

APCE PhD Graduate Dr. Kayon Murray Named Outstanding Doctoral Student for College of Education

Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson completed her Ph.D. in the Adult Professional and Community Education program in December 2015. She excelled in all of her doctoral courses, as well her work on her dissertation study: “Toward a Construct of Balance: Graduate Education Faculty and the Navigation of Difficult Dialogues on Race.” An external committee member from a tier one university remarked that Kayon’s was one of the best dissertations she has seen. By the time Dr. Murray-Johnson completed the program, she also had published three articles in refereed journals. Despite her busy schedule as a student, doctoral assistant, mother of a toddler, youth mentor and spouse of a pastor, Kayon also consistently offered her assistance with APCE program activities. She looks forward to a career as a faculty member in adult education.

School Psychologist Student Amy Shatila named Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Education

Amy ShatilaWhen presented with new opportunities to advance her learning beyond the basic requirements, Amy consistently takes advantage of these options. For example, when I told my students that I was interested in presenting some multicultural research at a national conference, Amy volunteered to co-present with some other students. This enthusiasm has resulted in an extraordinary number of presentations and publications for a specialist-level student:

Publications

Lasser, J., Dark, L., Beam, K., Morris, M., Shatila, A. (2015). The Multicultural Transformation of a School Psychology Course: Process and Outcomes. Trainer’s Forum.

Presentations

Kneedler, S., Shatila, A. L., & Jantz, P.B. (February, 2014). Persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS): Chicken or egg? Paper presented at the National Association of Schoo Psychologists Annual Conference, Orland, Fl. Refereed

Jantz, P. B., Kneedler, S., & Shatila, A. (March 2015). Traumatic Brain Injury: Transition, Assessment and Intervention. Invited two-day workshop presented at Region 13 Education Service Center, Austin, TX.

NASP proposal accepted:

Shatila, A., Tolle, K., & Plotts, C. Evaluation School Psychologists’ Use of Neuropsychological Evaluations. Submitted to the National Association of School Psychologists for the 2016 Annual Convention.

Manuscript in progress:

Plotts, C., Greenwood, K., Shatila, A., & Tolle, K. Training School Psychologists in Psychopharmacology Consultation. Manuscript proposal submitted Sept. 1, 2015 to Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, Special Issue on School Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care Collaboration.

Before starting internship, Amy came to class very open minded and "eager to learn and uncover areas of personal ignorance” (taken from her final reflection paper). She engaged in critical reflection and difficult conversations on whiteness and privilege and the potential impact it can have on the diverse students and families she works with. Amy has developed a critical consciousness and seeks to be an advocate for all students.