The University Lecturers Series: Dr. Bill Smedick

The University Lecturers Series  in partnership with the College of Education, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology, and the Dean of Students Office presents a guest lecture by Dr. Bill Smedick from Johns Hopkins University.  The session is entitled Social Innovation, Experiential Education, and Social Justice in Higher Education and will take place Thursday, September 29th from 3:00-4:30pm in LBJ Student Center room 3-9.1.

Currently Dr. Smedick is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master’s in Engineering Management Internship Program in the Center for Leadership Education within the Whiting School of Engineering. He teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Johns Hopkins and has been involved in leadership education at the university since 1989. He currently teaches Leadership Theory and Leading for Social Change in the Center for Leadership Education.

Additionally, Dr. Smedick serves as a Consultant for Kathleen Allen Associates, providing student affairs program reviews, curriculum design and professional coaching. He has served in various community and professional association leadership roles, including Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and Member of the Board of Directors for the Counsel for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). He was awarded a Kappa Alpha Theta Outstanding Faculty Award for the 2015-2016 year for his inspiration to “his students to achieve their personal best and make a positive impact in their community and beyond, all while fueling their intellectual curiosity and becoming a socially conscious leader.”

Dr. Smedick previously served as the Assistant Director of Student Development at Southwest Texas State University in the Division of Student Affairs from 1984-1987, where he advised Student Foundation, Student Government, and was responsible for fraternity and sorority life, and general administration for student organizations. We are so pleased to be able to host Dr. Smedick on September 29th! See below for more details.

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CLAS Department Welcomes Our Newest Members of Our Faculty

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology is very pleased to welcome the following exceptional new faculty members:
Tracy CalleyDr. Tracy Calley, Lecturer in Professional Counseling

Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Tracy Calley earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. She has been teaching within higher education since 2004 and currently teaches a variety of counseling courses. She has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to student learning and success. Her scholarly interests include counselor supervision models, Sleep-Wake disorders in adolescents and utilizing creativity in counseling. Dr. Calley is a member of several national and state counseling associations, enjoys serving on committees and presenting at conferences. In addition, she serves as a Board Member and Secretary of SALTworld INC., a non-profit that seeks to provide various services to underdeveloped countries. She is devoted to the counseling profession and being an advocate for individuals in need.

Sue HallDr. Sue Hall, Clinical Assistant Professor of School Psychology 

Ph.D. in School Psychology, Teachers College/Columbia University

Dr. Sue Hall’s professional journey has taken her on a path that has included diverse settings and populations.  She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City with a Ph.D. in School Psychology, following a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University.  Earlier training and work experiences took place in residential treatment settings with children and adolescents with varied emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges who were largely referred from the New York City schools.  She then transitioned into the public sphere and worked for the past five year at a K-5 elementary school with students from varied cultural backgrounds.  She wore many hats there and played a leadership role in developing a school-wide positive behavior support system, improving the process for the functional assessment of student behavior, overseeing the provision of services through Special Education and Response to Intervention, and facilitating student growth through brief and long-term counseling.  In addition to experiences she has had in the field, Dr. Hall has also published work in the area of adolescent identity development.  She is looking forward to starting the next chapter at Texas State University as visiting clinical lecturer.

Mattyna Stephens

Dr. Mattyna Stephens, Post Doctoral Research Associate of Adult Education

Ph.D in Adult Education, Texas A&M University

Dr. Stephens earned a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University under the leadership of Dr. Mary Alfred. While pursuing her doctorate, she obtained certification in college teaching through the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. She also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. She earned a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio under the leadership of Dr. Paul Jansma, Dr. David Poretta, and Dr. Samuel Hodge. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson C. Smith University under the leadership of Dr. Phyllis Worth-Dawkins.

Dr. Stephens’ research centers on: (1) Human and social capital development, (2) Women’s studies, (3) and Literacy.

She is a recipient of The Barbara Bush fellowship through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Dr. Stephens has been fortunate enough to be involved in the publication of three peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, one book review, one editor reviewed journal article, several publications in conference proceedings, and a number of presentations at professional conferences.

Maria Haiyasoso

Dr. Maria Haiyasoso, Assistant Professor of Professional Counseling

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Texas at San Antonio

Maria Haiyasoso, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University. Dr. Haiyasoso earned her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration on Family Child Development from Texas State University. She earned her M.A. in Counseling and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds membership in many professional counseling organizations and presents at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Haiyasoso is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with experience counseling child survivors of abuse and neglect, non-offending caregivers, and survivors of domestic violence. Currently, Dr. Haiyasoso provides counseling services for the Children’s Advocacy Center in Bastrop, has a private practice in Seguin, and is working toward certification as a registered play therapist. Her research interests include counseling survivors of child sexual abuse, play therapy, parent-child relationships, utilizing relational-cultural theory in counseling, and counselor wellness.

Marialena Rivera

Dr. Marialena Rivera, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Ph.D in Education Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Marialena Rivera is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University’s College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education in education policy. Her mixed methods research focuses on the politics of education policy, educational privatization, school finance equity, and school leadership for school improvement. Dr. Rivera studied government and business administration as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Science for Teachers at Pace University while teaching middle school in the Bronx, New York and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hilary Lustick

Dr. Hilary Lustick, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Ph.D in Educational Leadership, New York University

Dr. Hilary Lustick is a native Northeasterner and a graduate of Tufts, Harvard, and New York Universities.  She has served as a professional and volunteer community organizer in Boston and New York, and an English teacher for grades 9-12.  Her dissertation focused on discipline policy reform in urban schools—specifically, the use of restorative justice practices as an alternative to zero tolerance policies.  She is also a poet and avid music fan, excited to join the faculty at Texas State and to build a new home and community in Austin.

Andrea Dennison

Dr. Andrea Dennison, Assistant Professor of School Psychology 

Ph.D. in School Psychology, Texas A&M University

Dr. Andrea Dennison grew up in Austin, where she developed her interests in the natural world and diverse cultures. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, following in the footsteps if her mother and grandmother. She holds a graduate degree in school psychology from Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Dennison received her PhD in school psychology from Texas A&M University. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, and her post-doctoral fellowship at KIPP Austin Public Schools. She loves to play soccer on the weekends and is delighted to join the faculty in the CLAS department.

Lucila RamirezDr. Lucila Ramirez, Lecturer of School of Psychology

Ph.D in School of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Lucy Ramirez will be a lecturer in the School of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ramirez is a Licensed Psychologist, and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology who has been practicing in public schools in Texas for the past 9 years. She specializes in multicultural issues in school psychology and bilingual psychology.

Paulina FlaschDr. Paulina Flasch, Assistant Professor in Professional Counseling 

Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida 

Dr. Paulina Flasch started her position as an Assistant Professor in the Professional Counseling program in Fall 2016, teaching courses in the Marriage, Couple, and Family track. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida, and her Master’s of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Couple and Family Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her primary area of research includes intimate partner violence, specifically related to the recovery process, legal and ethical issues, and prevention. Other research areas include altruism and the counseling relationship, as well as multicultural and international issues in counseling. Dr. Flasch is active in several professional organizations, and currently serves as a Board Member and Emerging Leader for the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES). She is also an ad-hoc reviewer for the Counseling and Values Journal.

“A Deeper Side” Documentary Screening and Q&A – Monday, April 25th

Monday, April 25th
7:00 P.M.
Centennial Hall Teaching Theater (room 157)

“A Deeper Side” is an award-winning documentary, shot in a naturalistic style without script or narration. It tells a very personal story about gifted artist, musician, and rapper, David Francis Drymala. Often speaking directly to the audience through his personal computer or camera, David gives the viewer a unique glimpse into his world of schizophrenia and addiction. His incredible art, music, and poetry also illustrate his inspired but painful journey. Filmed over a five-year period of time, the audience witnesses David’s attempts to establish himself as an artist and rapper while trying to cope with the demands of daily life. He is seen working on his art, performing his music, advocating for mental health awareness, and struggling to manage his own personal demons at the same time. David’s family and friends also share their painful recollections and frank disclosures illustrating the frustration and heartache experienced by those who love and care for individuals with mental illness and addiction.

A Question & Answer session will be held immediately following the screening. In attendance will be producer/director Dr. Ed Scholwinski, who is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State and his son Shane Scholwinski, who edited the entire project. Shane is a mass communications major, specializing in film and electronic media He will be graduating from Texas State in May 2016.

Also in attendance will be David’s father, Alan Drymala who is an executive producer of the project. He has been an intimate passenger on David’s journey and his chief advocate. Alan is licensed professional counselor and Jungian therapist with a private practice in San Antonio, Texas. He will talk about David’s current status and the national crisis in mental health services.

The screening of “A Deeper Side” at Texas State University is sponsored by:

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, The Psychology Department, The Association of School Psychology Students, and The Social Awareness Documentary Film Club.

For more information contact Kelsey Theis.

APCE PhD Graduate Dr. Kayon Murray Named Outstanding Doctoral Student for College of Education

Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson completed her Ph.D. in the Adult Professional and Community Education program in December 2015. She excelled in all of her doctoral courses, as well her work on her dissertation study: “Toward a Construct of Balance: Graduate Education Faculty and the Navigation of Difficult Dialogues on Race.” An external committee member from a tier one university remarked that Kayon’s was one of the best dissertations she has seen. By the time Dr. Murray-Johnson completed the program, she also had published three articles in refereed journals. Despite her busy schedule as a student, doctoral assistant, mother of a toddler, youth mentor and spouse of a pastor, Kayon also consistently offered her assistance with APCE program activities. She looks forward to a career as a faculty member in adult education.