Counseling professor Merrily Dunn receives national award

UGA counseling professor Merrily Dunn receives national award

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia counseling professor Merrily Dunn is one of only three people in the nation to receive the 2009 Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association.

The award recognizes contributions in administration, teaching, research and publications, and is among the most prestigious honors given by the ACPA-College Student Educators International.

Dunn, an associate professor in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development, is coordinator of the master’s program in college student affairs administration. She teaches classes in student development theory, assessment and campus ecology. Dunn’s research interests include the preparation of student affairs professionals, gender issues and college student development.

Prior to coming to UGA in 2001, Dunn was program coordinator of the student affairs in higher education program at Mississippi State University. She served as a faculty member at the National Housing Training Institute in 2000 and 1998, and as the Scholar-in-Residence at the 2000 Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Conference.

Dunn received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Ohio State University, a master’s in higher education administration from Iowa State University and a bachelor‘s in political science from the University of Nebraska.