Perry Publishes Articles on Community Engagement

Dr. April Perry (HESA), Dr. Lane Perry (CCESL), and Adam Ray (WCU Admissions; HESA Alum) recently published 2 articles on community engagement among graduate student populations. First, in ACPA’s “Developments” journal in February drawing attention to the topic, and second in NASPA’s “Knowledge Community Annual Publication” in March with a follow-up piece more explicitly addressing research and competencies on the topic.

NCSELP Program Grant Renewed

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The North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program has been awarded a grant renewal of $757,121.00 for 2020-2022! The funds will provide scholarships to 15 students, continue our enhanced learning experiences around leadership for equity and social justice, and provide a robust internship experience with coaching and opportunities for interpersonal. leadership skill growth. The primary investigators are Drs. Jess Weiler, Heidi Von Dohlen, and Phyllis Robertson

Counseling Program Presents at NCCA

The WCU Counseling Program’s faculty and students presented and attended the annual NC Counseling Association’s conference in Charlotte on February 27. Presentation topics included: “Counseling Introverted, Shy, and Socially Anxious Clients”, “Counseling the Betrayed: Case Study and Demonstration to Build Counselor Confidence and Competence”, and “Integrated Behavioral Healthcare with Women After Pregnancy Loss”.

Faculty & Student Present at Conference

Dr. Phyllis Robertson, Dr. Yancey Gulley, and recent alum from the Counseling Program, Alex Bass, presented at the National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change in Savannah, February 8th on Transgender Advocacy in K12 and Post-Secondary Environments.

Bobilya, Chandler Publish Paper

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Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Professor of Parks and Recreation Management and Dr. Resa Chandler, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, published a paper titled “An Investigation of Moderators of Change and the Influence of the Instructor on Outdoor Orientation Program Participants’ Biophilic Expressions” in the Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education with scholars from the Brentwood School, Prescott College and Montreat College.

CEAP Faculty Publish Article on Learning Communities

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Dr. Emily Virtue in Educational Leadership, Ken Pfaff, Ed.S. from the Advising Center, and Dr. Gayle Maddox in the School of Teaching and Learning  published an article entitled  “The Lasting Effects of Learning Communities” in the journal Learning Communities Research and Practice.  The authors used qualitative research to examine the long-term impact of learning communities as students progressed through the college experience. Available at: