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Baker, Nassar Receive American Counseling Association Fellows Awards

NC State Belltower at dusk.

NC State College of Education professors Stanley Baker and Sylvia Nassar both received American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellows Awards during the association’s convention in April.

The ACA Fellow Award recognizes members of professional distinction for significant and unique contributions to the counseling profession through professional practice, scientific achievement, leadership and governance, and teaching and training.

As part of the honorary recognition bestowed upon less than one percent of their peers, Baker and Nassar will serve the ACA Fellows program by representing a diverse community of thought leaders, identifying and developing future leaders, and taking an active role in leadership within the association.

Dr. Stanley Baker, Professor 
Doctor of Philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo
Master of Arts, University of Minnesota

Baker teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development. His academic areas of emphasis are developmental counseling, secondary school counseling, prevention, and cognitive-behavioral applications in counseling. Dr. Baker’s research interests focus on the enhancement of school counseling in particular and counseling in general as well as prevention programming for children and adolescents, especially applications of cognitive- behavioral theory. He is also interested in the improvement of the training of counselors, especially pre-practicum and supervision training methods.


Dr. Sylvia Nassar, Professor & Doctoral Program Coordinator of Counselor Education 
Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University

Nassar has served in a variety of clinical mental health, schools, and college settings over the past 32 years, and 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. Dr. 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.