UGA College of Education professor Laura Dean one of only three to receive senior professional award

UGA College of Education professor Laura Dean one of only three in nation to receive senior professional award from American College Personnel Association

Athens, Ga. – Laura Dean, an assistant professor in the department of counseling and human development services, is one of only three people in the nation to receive the 2007 Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association.

The Annuit Coeptis award recognizes contributions in administration, teaching, research and publications. It is among the most prestigious awards given by the ACPA.

Dean joined the faculty of the College Student Affairs Administration Program in UGA’s College of Education in 2006. Before that, she served as a chief student affairs officer for 10 years, first as dean of students at Pfeiffer University and then as vice president for student development/dean of students at Peace College. She also served as associate dean of student development and director of counseling at Manchester College for five years.

Dean is a National Certified Counselor and is past president of the American College Counseling Association, for which she serves as the representative to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She also currently serves as CAS member-at-large on the executive council and as the CAS publications editor. She has served on editorial boards for the College Student Affairs Journal and the Journal of College Counseling. Dean’s research interests include small college environments, the use of standards in student affairs and college counseling issues.

After working as a high school teacher and a college admissions counselor, Dean received her Ph.D. in counselor education/student development in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991.

She will be recognized at an awards reception during the joint ACPA/NASPA conference in Orlando, Fla., in April.