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Meet Myshalae Jamerson-Euring: ‘I Want to be a Positive Force for Change’

yshalae Jamerson-Euring

This is part of a series of profiles about faculty who joined the NC State College of Education in 2019-20.

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education?

I chose to come to the NC State College of Education because I began my journey into higher education at NC State. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the university that provided the foundation for my future endeavors.

Why did you choose a career in education?

I chose a career in education because I want to be a positive force for change. As a counselor and counselor educator, I believe that collaboration and positive interactions contribute to effective practice and instruction. The traditional “banking” system of education, where the instructor/authority “deposits” knowledge, hinders relationships.

Why did you choose your specific field?

I chose my specific field because I have devoted my academic and personal life to advocacy, inclusion, and acceptance of individuals with mental health disorders, disabilities and other marginalized communities.

Why did you pursue a Ph.D.?

I pursued a Ph.D. because I wanted to help train future counselors and contribute to the field with research and field experience.

What are your research interests and how did you become interested in that topic? 

My research interests include disability and rehabilitation counseling related issues, multicultural issues in counseling and expressive arts therapy. My research interests reflect my passion for personal growth, self-awareness, empathy, understanding, client-centered practice and social justice.

What is your teaching philosophy? 

My teaching philosophy is experiential. Experiential teaching theories assert that people learn from experience in addition to concepts and reading, and reflection on experience is a powerful ground for creating useful abstract concepts.

What do you hope your students learn from you? 

In addition to relationships, my goals for clients and students are to promote multicultural awareness, promote self-awareness and personal growth, encourage empathy and understanding, and provide motivation for social change.