Dr. Lucy Purgason
Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
Chi Sigma Iota JCLA Outstanding Article Award
Chi Sigma Iota Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (JCLA)
“I was honored to learn that my colleagues and I are receiving the award for this article because of how much mentoring has benefitted me personally and professionally, and how committed I am to paying that forward to our students here at Appalachian.”
Dr. Lucy Purgason, assistant professor
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Lucy Purgason, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE), has been named a recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (JCLA) Outstanding Article Award.
She and her co-authors — Dr. Janeé R. Avent Harris, assistant professor in the College of Education at East Carolina University; and Dr. Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio — have been recognized for their article “Mentoring Counselor Education Students: A Delphi Study with Leaders in the Field,” which was published in April 2018 in JCLA (Volume 5, Issue 2).
The award, which honors the authors of an exemplary article published in JCLA during the past year as selected by the journal’s editorial board, will be presented to Purgason, Harris and Lloyd-Hazlett at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference and Expo during the Delegate Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 30, in New Orleans.
“I was honored to learn that my colleagues and I are receiving the award for this article because of how much mentoring has benefitted me personally and professionally, and how committed I am to paying that forward to our students here at Appalachian,” Purgason said.
She added that the research for the article “involved interviewing mentoring award recipients in the counseling field to develop a list of research-informed mentoring considerations.”
From the article’s abstract:
“Mentoring is a professional leadership contribution of counselor educators resulting in personal and vocational benefits for students. A need to understand research-informed mentoring from the mentor perspective exists as much of the literature is informed by the mentee perspective. In this study, an expert panel of counselor educator mentoring award recipients completed three questionnaire rounds for the purpose of identifying mentoring components.”
About Dr. Lucy Purgason
Purgason holds both a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education and an M.S./Ed.S. in school counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She joined the RCOE faculty in August 2017.
She is a licensed school counselor, National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she spent nearly five years working as a school counselor in elementary and high school settings. These settings included diverse school environments in both urban and rural communities, Title I schools and a school specifically for newly arrived refugee and immigrant students.
Purgason is a prolific author who regularly contributes to scholarly publications and is a sought-after presenter at state, regional and national conferences. She regularly engages in institutional and professional service and is a member of numerous professional organizations. Among these are the American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society for Professional Counseling and North Carolina School Counselor Association.
Her research interests focus on understanding the importance of relationships for immigrant and refugee students, and students of other underrepresented groups, in both K–12 and higher education settings. She is particularly interested in exploring the agentic processes that first- and second-generation immigrant students use to negotiate intersecting cultural and ethnic identities, and how social media is implicated in this process.
Along with these research interests, Purgason also pursues scholarship related to supervision and mentoring of counselor education students.
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About the American Counseling Association
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings. Learn more at https://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca.
About the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions for public schools, colleges and universities and various agencies. The department offers Master of Arts degrees in clinical mental health counseling, professional school counseling, student affairs administration and marriage and family therapy. Learn more at https://hpc.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.