Office of the Dean

Education & Experience

Spencer G. Niles began his appointment as Dean for the School of Education at The College of William & Mary in July of 2013.  Prior to being named Dean for the SOE, he was Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at the Pennsylvania State University.  He also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Career Development and Public Policy at Penn State.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he was a Professor at the University of Virginia for 13 years and also served as Assistant Dean for the Curry School of Education at UVA.Dean Spencer Niles


Dean Niles is the recipient of the National Career Development Association's (NCDA) Eminent Career Award, a NCDA Fellow, an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow, the recipient of ACA's Thomas Sweeney Visionary Leadership and Advocacy Award, President's Award, David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, Extended Research Award, and the University of British Columbia Noted Scholar Award.  He served as President for the National Career Development Association and Editor for The Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling & Development and currently serves on numerous journal editorial boards.  He has authored or co-authored approximately 130 publications and delivered over 125 presentations on career development theory and practice.

Dean Niles is an Honorary Member of the Japanese Career Development Association, Honorary Member of the Italian Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Ohio Career Development Association.  He has conducted career advisor/career counseling training in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Dean Niles received his undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and his teaching career began in the Rochester, New York public schools.  In addition to his work in education, Dean Niles has worked in a variety of community social service agencies and other university settings. His master's degree is from Lehigh University, and his doctoral degree is from Penn State University.