Educational Leadership and Counseling

Departmental Team

Administrative Assistant

Audria Cummings

Audria Cummings

Administrative Assistant
Office: Education Center, Room 117
Phone: 910.521.6221
Email: audria.cummings@uncp.edu

 

Faculty

Whitney Akers

Dr. Whitney Akers

Assistant Professor
Office: Education Center, Room 344
Phone: 910.775.4293
Email: whitney.akers@uncp.edu

BA: Psychology and Sexuality Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill (NC)
MS EdS: Couple and Family Counseling & School Counseling, UNC-Greensboro
Ph.D.: Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro
License & Credentials:  LPCA, NCC, ACS

Research Interests: Intersectionality and LGBTQ+ populations, experiences of outness within relationships, social justice and advocacy, Photovoice and Participatory Action Research methodologies, creative approaches to supervision, group counseling

 

Dr. Alfred Bryant Jr.

Dr. Alfred Bryant, Jr.

Professor, Professional School Counseling
Dean, School of Education
Office: Education Center, Room 112
Phone: 910.775.4009
Email:alfred.bryant@uncp.edu

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License & Credentials: LPC 

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Dr. Ki Chae - Counseling Programs

Dr. Ki Chae

Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Assistant Professor
Office: Education Center, Room 315
Phone: 910.521.6753
Email: kibyung.chae@uncp.edu

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License & Credentials: NCC

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Dr. Charles Jenkins

Dr. Charles Jenkins

Professor, School Administration
Office: Education Center, Room 116
Phone: 910.521.6323
Email: charles.jenkins@uncp.edu

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Dr. Shenika Jones

Dr. Shenika Jones

Program Director, Professional School Counseling
Assistant Professor
Office: Education Center, Room 345
Phone: 910.521.6354
Email: shenika.jones@uncp.edu

BS: Physical Education, Winthrop University (SC) 
M. Ed: School Counseling and Development: School Counseling Certification, Winthrop University (SC)
Ph.D.: Counselor Education and Supervision, UNC Charlotte
License & Credentials: LSC, NCC

Research Interests: School Counselor beliefs, advocacy, social justice & multiculturalism, play therapy

 

Dr. Gary Mauk - Counseling Programs

Dr. Gary W. Mauk

Associate Professor, Professional School Counseling 
Office: Education Center, Room 306 
Phone: 910.775.4295
Email: gary.mauk@uncp.edu

BA: Psychology, California State University (PA)
MA: (Developmental Psychology) and CAGS (School Psychology), Gallaudet University (DC)
Ph.D.: Psychology, Utah State University
License & Credentials: NCSP

Research Interests: Loss and grief, child-adolescent mental health, social-emotional learning, school-based academic/behavioral interventions    

 

Dr. Angela McDonald

Dr. Angela McDonald Safe Zone

Associate Dean, School of Education
Assoc. Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Office: Education Center 118
Phone: 910.521.6511
Email: angela.mcdonald@uncp.edu

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License & Credentials: LPCS, NCC

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Dr. Olivia Oxendine - School Administration

Dr. Olivia Oxendine

Associate Professor, School Administration
  Office: Education Center, Room 313
  Phone: 910.521.6894
  Email: olivia.oxendine@uncp.edu

 

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Dr. Jonathan Ricks

Dr. Jonathan Ricks

Assistant Professor, Professional School Counseling
Office: Education Center, Room 338-B
Phone: 910.775.4041
Email: jonathan.ricks@uncp.edu

BSBA: East Carolina University
MA: School Counseling, NC Central University              
Ph.D.: Counseling and Counselor Edcuation, NC State
Advanced Graduate Certificate in School Leadership, Western Carolina University
License & Credentials: LSC, LPC, NCC

Research Interests: School counselor preparation, service learning in counselor training, evidence based counseling, first-generation college student success 

 

Dr. Nicole Stargell Dr. Nicole Stargell Safe Zone

Field Placement and Testing Coordinator
Assist. Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Office: Education Center, Room 320
Phone: 910.521.6898
Email: nicole.stargell@uncp.edu

BA: Psychology, Youngstown State University
MS: Ed Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling, Youngstown State University
Ph.D.: Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro  
License & Credentials: LPCA, LSC, NCC

Research Interests: Outcome effectiveness, multiculturalism & social justice, DSM, grief & loss

 

Audria Cummings

Dana Unger

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Office: Education Center, Room 341
Phone: 910.775.4294
Email: dana.unger@uncp.edu

BA: Religious Studies, Bethany College
MSCP: Counseling Psychology, Chatham University 
Ph.D.: Counselor Education and Supervision, Kent State University 
License & Credentials: LSC, NCC

Research Interests: School counselor identity, advocacy, and job satisfaction

 

Dr. Jeffrey M. WarrenDr. Jeffrey M. Warren

Associate Professor
Dept. Chair
Office: Education Center, Room 317
Phone: 910.775.4414
Email: jeffrey.warren@uncp.edu

BS: East Carolina University
MS: East Carolina University
Ph.D.: North Carolina State University
License & Credentials: LPCS, LSC, NCC, NCSC

Research Interests: irrational beliefs, non-cognitive factors, college and career readiness, school consultation, rational emotive behavior therapy

 

Dr. Mary Whitfield-WilliamsDr. Mary Whitfield-Williams

Assistant Professor, Clincal Mental Health Counseling
Office: Education Center Room 346
Phone: 910.521.6663
Email: mary.whitfield-williams@uncp.edu

 

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License & Credentials: LPC, CCMHC, ACS, LCAS-A

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