RALEIGH, North Carolina–The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development has presented Sylvia Nassar with its 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of her dedication to excellence as a professional counselor. Nassar is a professor and doctoral program coordinator of counselor education at the NC State College of Education.
She received her Ph.D. from UNC-Greensboro and has served in a variety of clinical mental health, schools and college settings over the past 32 years. Her initiatives have included promoting the professionalism of counseling and counselor education.
Her scholarship spans multicultural, gender, and career development issues, with a special focus on Arab American acculturation and ethnic identity development, and she has published nearly 90 books, refereed articles, and other instructional materials and delivered over 100 conference presentations. Her recent NSF and NASA-funded projects have examined career stereotyping and evaluated curriculum tools.
Nassar’s undergirding areas of scholarship and consulting include acculturation, advocacy, career development and under-representation issues, program evaluation, clinical supervision, and internationalization. She was named the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) – International University Scholar for 2016-17.
Later this month she will receive the American Counseling Association’s Fellows Awards with Stanley Baker, who is also a professor in NC State Education’s counselor education program.