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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)

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."

Haber-Curran named emerging scholar, international keynote speaker

Paige Haber-Curran 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 Backor Dr. 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.

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

Ross-GordonGordonDr. 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

Kathy YbanezKathy 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.

Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award for Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente


  Dr. Heather Trepal, SACES President-Elect, Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, and Dr. Anneliese Singh, SACES President 
Dr. Heather Trepal, SACES President-Elect,
Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, and
Dr. Anneliese Singh, SACES President

September 28, 2012

Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente was recently awarded the SACES 2012 Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award at the 2012 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference held in Savannah, Georgia in September. The SACES Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award acknowledges individual faculty members who are showing exceptional progress in the early stages of their academic career. The award is based on activities in all areas of an academic position: research, teaching, and service. Dr. Ybañez-Llorente was found to have a productive track record of research and publications and a developed research agenda that promises to develop our knowledge of counseling. The nomination highlighted Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's active involvement in service to the counseling profession across numerous leadership positions at the national and state levels. Because SACES has a separate Teaching award, the evaluation of teaching is not as critical in this award, but Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's nomination also demonstrated a solid performance of teaching counseling courses.


WSJ Cites Texas State Student Authored Study on HPV Awareness

Texas State graduate, Dr. Megan Trad, conducted a study of HPV awareness among undergrads at the university.  Co-authored with Dr. Robert Reardon, the article was recently published in Radiologic Technology. Due to a press release by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, it has been cited in a WSJ piece entitled "Study Shows Students Aren't Aware Condoms Don't Provide Full Protection From HPV."

APCE Graduate Francik Awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Wendy Francik, a spring graduate of the APCE Program, received the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013 at the Adult Education Research Conference for her dissertation research, THE NATURE OF SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING IN SELF-MANAGING BIPOLAR DISORDER TO STAY WELL. This is the highest award given to a doctoral student in our field in this country.

Jovita Ross-Gordon chaired her committee, and Ann Brooks, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Furney served on her committee.

2012 Early Career Award

Dr. Joellen Coryell was presented with the 2012 Early Career Award from the Commission of Professors of Adult Education. This is a very prestigious award in the field of Adult Education, bestowed by the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Dr. Coryell received the award at the recent national conference in Las Vegas.  Dr. Coryell was recently named as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools in Texas.

Book Signing

Drs. Cindy Plotts and Jon Lasser at their book signing at the National Association for School Psychology. Congratulations to them on their new textbook for school psychologists!

First Seminar Given by Institute for Play Therapy

The first seminar given by the Institute for Play Therapy was held, Friday, February 8th. The interactive seminar was given by Dr. Linda Homeyer and Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand.

Texas State Rising Stars: On a whim, risk-taker packs up, moves out West

 Dr. John GarciaDr. John Garcia, Ed.D., LPC-S director of Counseling Practicum Clinic,
director of Career Exploration Services highlighted in the Round Rock Leader
for his work at the Round Rock Campus.    Read more


Dr. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor "Fulbright Scholar in Chile"

Dr. Michael O’MalleyDr. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor, has received a Fulbright US Scholar Award for lecturing/research in Chile from August 2012 – January 2013. The project title is “School Improvement through Quality Educational Leadership Preparation/Understanding the Role of School Administrators in Achieving Inglés Abre Puertas Goals."  Read more

Texas State University designated National Approved Center of Play Therapy Education

 CPT - TXSTATE(Clovis, CA) The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University San Marcos has earned designation as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), according to its CEO, Bill Burns, CAE.
As an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education (Center) the Professional Counseling Program will offer play therapy graduate and supervisor training courses in addition to generating publications and presentations to benefit students, faculty, and practitioners. These programs may be applied to satisfy state licensing requirements and to earn the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials conferred by APT.

Texas State University voted to full membership in the University Council for Educational Administration

"UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children." UCEA promotes, sponsors, and disseminates research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership; improves the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professions; and positively influences local, state, and national education policy. The organization noted Texas State's EDCL/SI programs for their promotion of educational equity and social justice