UGA professor elected to directorate of national college student affairs group

UGA professor elected to directorate of national college student affairs group

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education faculty member Laura Dean has been elected to the directorate of the American College Personnel Association Commission for Professional Preparation for 2009-2012.

Dean, an assistant professor in the college student affairs administration program, will focus on issues such as curriculum development, curriculum resources, professional development and recruitment agreements while serving in this position.

Dean joined the faculty in the college’s department of counseling and human development services in 2006. Prior to that, she served as a chief student affairs officer for 10 years, first as dean of students at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and then as vice president for student development and dean of students at Peace College also in North Carolina. She served as associate dean of student development and director of counseling at Manchester College in Indiana 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. 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-Greensboro in 1991.