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Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

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Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and 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.

Bryson Named Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow

Freda Bryson, an Adult, Professional and Community Education doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been named a Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow for 2014-2015.

Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.

"Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."

Paige Haber-CurranHaber-Curran named emerging scholar, international keynote speaker

Texas State University professor Paige Haber-Curran was recently chosen by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as an Emerging Scholar for her research regarding key leadership skills in higher education students.

The Emerging Scholars Award was first implemented in 1999 to honor and support individuals conducting research congruent with the initiatives of the ACPA. First-year recipients of the award participate in educational workshops and present the findings of their work in an annual research symposium.

Karen Backor named Blumberg Scholar by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision

Karen BackorDr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in School Improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.
In her research, Dr. Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews. Dr. Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Dr. Backor currently is assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.

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Dr. Ross-Gordon Awarded 2013 Career Achievement Award by AAACE's Commission of Professors of Adult Education

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.

TXST’s Homeyer receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda HomeyerThe department extends its congratulations to Dr. Linda Homeyer upon receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
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 credential program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.

Drs. Ross-Gordon and Gordon Awarded 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by UGA

GordonRoss-GordonDr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (APCE/ADED) and Dr. Stephen Gordon (SI/EDCL) were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State.  One nominator said, “They are unique as a pair and either one would deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award. Together, they are a powerhouse of accomplishments for the purposes for which we educate.” In addition to the award dinner and reception hosted recently by UGA’s College of Education for Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Steve and Jovita were also honored at a reception hosted by the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, & Policy.

Dr. Ybanez-Llorente Recieved 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Ybanez-LlorenteKathy Ybanez-Llorente is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and M.A. in Counseling from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University.  Dr. Ybanez-Llorente served on Scholarship Review and Dual Language Symposium Committees, among other university service functions.  Her professional service includes serving as president, committee chair, committee member, reviewer, and editorial board member for professional counseling organizations at the national, regional, and state levels. She served as a state liaison to the licensing board, was honored by the Texas Counseling Association with the Advocacy Award, and soon after was named in Senate Proclamation Number 543, commending her advocacy efforts within the counseling profession.  Dr. Ybanez-Lorente was also awarded the SACES Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award, a competitive biannual award.