Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia counseling professor Pamela Paisley has received a national award for her dedication to social justice advocacy among K-12 students and in the field of school counseling.
Paisley, a professor in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services, received the 2009 Reese House Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award from the Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association.
Paisley is coordinator of the school counseling program (M.Ed.) on the Athens campus and shares coordination responsibilities for the Ed.S. program in professional school counseling and the Ph.D. program in counseling and student personnel services, bothat the Gwinnett campus.
In 2008, Paisley received the David K. Brooks Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, a national honor presented each year by the American Counseling Association Foundation. She received the 2006 ‘Ohana Honors Award from the Counselors for Social Justice and has served as president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Paisley was principal investigator on a $450,000 DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest grant for a project to transform school counseling preparation and practice. She also has received several teaching awards from both UGA and Appalachian State University, where she taught for seven years before joining the UGA faculty in 1994.
Paisley worked as a teacher and counselor in North Carolina public schools for a decade before earning her Ed.D. in counselor education from North Carolina State University.
She was recognized at the ACA national conference March 21 in Charlotte, N.C.