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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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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!

Dr. Haber-Curran Receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from President Trauth

Paige Haber-Curran

At the University Convocation & Annual General Faculty Meeting on August 22, 2014, President Denise M. Trauth presented Dr. Paige Haber-Curran with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Haber-Curran is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) graduate program, located in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Each year, only two professors from across the university are selected for this prestigious teaching award (one at the lecturer/assistant professor ranks and one at the associate/full professor ranks). This award is a significant honor that Dr. Haber-Curran has earned through exceptional accomplishments in teaching. Highly respected and valued by her students, Dr. Haber-Curran demonstrates a commitment to the highest quality graduate level instruction. In just three years at Texas State University, Dr. Haber-Curran has also developed two courses using innovative formats (Student Leadership in Higher Education; Gender and Sexuality in Higher Education), lectured nationally and internationally, offered engaged and meaningful student advising, provided leadership for curriculum development and faculty and student recruitment in the SAHE program, and facilitated the SAHE program’s rise to national prominence.  Congratulations to Dr. Haber-Curran, a Texas State Rising Star!    

CLAS Faculty Members Receive Awards in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

At the College of Education Annual Faculty & Staff Meeting on August 22, 2014, Dean Carpenter presented awards in teaching, scholarship, and service to the following CLAS faculty members. Awardees were selected from among a pool of highly qualified nominees via a comprehensive peer review process. Congratulations to our Rising Star colleagues!

  • Dr. Sarah Nelson, Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching
  • Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon, Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching
  • Dr. Linda Homeyer, Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarship
  • Dr. Trae Stewart, Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarship
  • Dr. Kevin Fall, College Achievement Award in Scholarship
  • Dr. Jon Lasser, College Achievement Award in Scholarship
  • Dr. Melissa Martinez, College Achievement Award in Scholarship
  • Dr. Jon Lasser, Presidential Distinction Award in Service
  • Dr. Paul Jantz, College Achievement Award in Service   
  • Dr. Trae Stewart, College Achievement Award in Service

CLAS faculty recipients of additional significant career awards include:

  • Dr. Sarah Nelson, Promotion to the Rank of Professor
  • Dr. Joellen Coryell, Tenure and Promotion to the Rank of Associate Professor
  • Dr. Desireé Vega, Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Award
  • Dr. Barry Aidman, Program for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award
  • Dr. Desireé Vega, Program for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award

CLAS Department Welcomes Team of Highly Qualified New Faculty

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology is very pleased to welcome the following exceptional new faculty members:

Dr. Denise Collier, Lecturer in Educational Leadership
Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Collier has served in numerous educational leadership roles, including as Deputy Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for Dallas ISD and Executive Director of Curriculum for Austin ISD. She has offered extensive consulting for school districts and educational organizations, including Round Rock ISD, Atlanta Public Schools, Syracuse (NY) Public Schools, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Her professional practice interests involve 1.) superintendent and principal development, 2.) Teaching and learning reform

Dr. Shannon Dean, Assistant Professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education
Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia

Dr. Dean has served most recently in professional roles as Interim Director of Student Life and Research Assistant, both at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include college student development, multicultural consciousness, and teaching pedagogy.

Dr. Jennifer Greene, Assistant Professor of Professional Counseling
Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida

Dr. Greene brings particular expertise in the area of School Counseling and served as a professional School Counselor at International Community School in Georgia. She has served as a Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Central Florida.  Her research interests include multicultural counseling, school counseling, refugee students, and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Dr. Bergeron Harris, Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Baylor University

Dr. Harris has extensive educational leadership experience, including appointments as Executive Director of Learning Forward Texas, Associate & Assistant Superintendent in Austin ISD, and Principal and Assistant Principal roles. His professional practice interests include school improvement, quality professional development, district and campus leadership, and campus culture and climate