2022 News Stories

Commencement 2022
School of Education celebrates 2022 commencement

The School of Education celebrated its 2022 graduates during a joy-filled Commencement weekend May 20-21. In all, 255 students graduated from undergraduate and graduate programs in education.

Mind and LIfe Institute Grant
Mind & Life Institute grant explores the impact of meditation on well-being and effectiveness of counselors

Daniel Gutierrez, the Vera W. Barkley Associate Professor of Counselor Education, along with collaborator Stephanie Dorais Ph.D. ’21, assistant professor in counselor education at Kean University, are exploring the role of contemplative practices in promoting prosociality and resilience among mental health counselors. The two-year project is being funded by a $100K PEACE Grant from the Mind & Life Institute, an organization co-founded by the Dalai Lama to bridge science and contemplative wisdom in order to foster human flourishing.

SURN 4:00 Focus
SURN addresses need for school leader collaboration and professional development with new 4:00 Focus program

William & Mary's School-University Resource Network (SURN) responded to a field-based concern of principals missing opportunities to collaborate and learn with one another, so they took action, establishing the 4:00 Focus program. 4:00 Focus targets a timely and actionable topic to bring school leaders together with their community of peers for an interactive webinar.

Janise Parker receives the Early Career Faculty Award
Janise Parker named Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference

The premier organization for research in school psychology has recognized Parker for her contributions to the field and has named her an Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC). During this same week, Parker received the Early Career Faculty Scholarship/Award during the Trainers of School Psychology Conference.

Headshot of Lydia Suitt
Counseling student Lydia Suitt M.Ed. ’23 wins leadership essay contest

Lydia Suitt, a master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has won first place in the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) & Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Leadership Essay Contest.

Holmes Scholars at AACTE 2022
William & Mary Holmes Scholars attend the 74th AACTE conference

William & Mary Holmes Scholars attended the Holmes Scholars Preconference Program in New Orleans in early March as part of the 74th American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting

Courage, dignity and honor: School of Education unveils Trailblazers Wall

Over Charter Day weekend, the School of Education community gathered to unveil a new installation in the school building honoring trailblazers who broke barriers at William & Mary and within the field of education and opened doors for generations of future educators. The three inaugural honorees on the Trailblazers Wall are Hulon L. Willis, Sr. M.Ed. ’56; Janet Brown Strafer ’71, M.A.Ed. ‘77, D.Sc. '18; and Jo Lynne DeMary ’68, Ed.D. ’82.

Jennifer Riedl Cross
W&M faculty launch new open-access journal devoted to the psychology of giftedness

For years, research in gifted education has centered on achievement and educational practice but lacked in the psychology of giftedness. W&M faculty members Tracy Cross and Jennifer Riedl Cross are founding a new journal to make research on the psychology and well-being of individuals with gifts and talents accessible to academics, parents, professional educators and counselors.

Pamela Harris
The stories that need to be told: W&M alumna returns as professor and published novelist

As a school counselor, Pamela Harris Ph.D. ’16 saw firsthand the power of stories to validate and inspire young people, especially the Black students she worked with who struggled to see themselves in the books and stories they encountered. As a writer, she loves bringing authentic stories to life from her own imagination and lived experience. She’s now a published YA (young adult) novelist and a counselor educator at William & Mary, fulfilling both sides of her dream to support youth through counseling and writing.

Wreaths Across America
Counseling program participates in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Ceremony

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, students and faculty in the clinical mental health and military and veterans counseling programs participated in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Organized by Elizabeth Burgin, coordinator of the military and veterans counseling program, the cohort gathered at 6:00 am and laid wreaths at service members’ headstones.