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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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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), Desireé 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

Del Valle ISD Superintendent Receives National Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

Nominated by the Texas State University Education & Community Leadership Faculty, Dr. Kelly K. Crook was awarded the national Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Dr. Crook is the Superintendent of the Del Valle Independent School District in Central Texas. The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of 98 research oriented higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award recognizes practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. 

In her capacity as Superintendent of Del Valle ISD, Dr. Crook has worked with the community to develop a strategic plan for the district and has led district staff in using innovative practices, such as an on-site master’s program for aspiring school administrators from among the Del Valle ISD faculty, a quality student teaching initiative with Texas State University, a commitment to parent and community outreach initiatives, and a leadership vision that integrates theory, research, and practice. Dr. Crook has played a key role in establishing a district–university partnership which identifies promising school leaders and develops them into highly qualified principals and teacher leaders who are prepared to address some of the most persistent educational equity issues in Texas. Dr. Crook received her PhD in Educational Administration from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud graduate of public schools. This national award was presented to Dr. Crook at a Del Valle ISD School Board meeting on 12 August 2014 by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, and Dr. Barry Aidman, Advisor to the Superintendent Preparation Program.

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Ms. Ann Heuberger (Vice-President, DVISD School Board)
Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Ms. Ann Heuberger (Vice-President, DVISD School Board)