BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) has named Dr. Amy Milsom chair of its Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC). Her appointment began in July.
Milsom comes to Appalachian from Clemson University, where she served as professor and program coordinator of counselor education. She has also served as assistant professor of school counseling at both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of Iowa.
“I have always heard good things about the HPC programs at Appalachian,” Milsom said. “I was looking for an opportunity to assume more of a leadership role, and knowing the reputation of the programs and having the opportunity to move to cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery made the choice easy.”
She has begun the second year of her five-year term on the Board of Directors for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and was named an American Counseling Association Fellow in 2017.
Milsom holds an Ed.D. in counselor education, an M.Ed. in counselor education-school counseling and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in music, all from Penn State University.
Her research centers around college, career and postsecondary transition planning, with an emphasis on students with disabilities. She also conducts research related to counselor preparation and professionalism.
The second edition of her co-authored book “Career and College Readiness Counseling in P–12 Schools” (Springer Publishing Co., 2017) has been adopted by the American School Counselor Association as required reading for their career development specialist training.
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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 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.