The Extraordinary Community Service (Faculty and Staff) Award rewards a faculty or staff member who exhibits the Volunteer spirit in the community.
Shawn L. Spurgeon is an associate professor of counselor education. His research publications include articles on African American male development and professor-counselor identity development. Among other national leadership positions, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Ethics Committee co-chair of the American Counseling Association—where he helped revise the set of ethics that guide the profession—and president of the Association for Assessment in Research and Counseling. He has also been president of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and he co-chaired the 2007–08 Smoky Mountain Counselors Association conference. On campus, he has co-directed the Project GRAD Summer Institute since 2013, works with Chi Sigma Iota honor society, and is president-elect of Faculty Senate. Spurgeon provides clinical supervision and guidance not only to students in the Counselor Education program but also to community mental health counselors who are working to attain state licensure.
What does being a Volunteer mean to you?
It means servant leadership. It means that I value the opportunity to help and support others as they matriculate through society. It means that I value the opportunity to engage others in supportive and meaningful opportunities to have a positive impact on society.