Rowland Named Counselor Educator of the Year for State of Georgia

August 13, 2012

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

ATLANTA — Mercer University’s Dr. Karen Rowland, an assistant professor of counseling in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies,  has been named the Counselor Educator of the Year for 2012 by the Georgia School Counselors Association. Dr. Rowland will also represent Georgia for ASCA’s national counselor educator of the year award in 2013. This prestigious award is based on commitment to excellence in guidance and counseling.

“I am delighted that Dr. Rowland has been recognized statewide for her vision, talent and leadership as a school counselor educator and that she is leading Mercer's graduate programs in school counseling,” said Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Dr. Rowland joined the faculty at Mercer in 2008. She previously served as assistant professor at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Rowland served as the coordinator/counselor educator liaison for the Georgia School Counselors Association Leadership Team from 2010-2011. She has many publications in academic journals and newsletters and has presented her work throughout the country.

Dr. Rowland received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from the University of Maine. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of South Carolina.

About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies
The College offers degree programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose. The College offers undergraduate degree programs in informatics, organizational leadership, human resources administration and development, public safety, liberal studies (individualized), and human services, and graduate programs in counseling, school counseling, organizational leadership and public safety leadership. Its programs are offered on Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses, at the University’s regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman and Newnan. The College offers an Education Specialist degree in School Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center launched July 1, 2012, and includes the University’s medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and will add a fourth college – the College of Health Professions – on July 1, 2013. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu
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