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Niles Reappointed as Department Head of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services

Spencer Niles has been reappointed as department head of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services in the Penn State College of Education
Niles Reappointed as Department Head of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services

Spencer Niles

(October 2007) 


Spencer Niles, professor of counselor education, has been appointed to a second term as the department head of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services (CECPR) in the College of Education.

Niles began his current term as department head on July 1, 2005. His reappointment extends his leadership role through June 30, 2011.

“We are all very fortunate to have Dr. Niles in a leadership position within the College,” said Dean David Monk. “He works effectively with people in many different roles and has been instrumental in launching several new initiatives for the Department and the College.”

Niles research interests include career development theory and practice across the lifespan. He received his D. Ed in Counselor Education from Penn State in 1986. From 1987 until 2000, he served as professor and assistant dean at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

"I'm honored to serve the faculty in our department who are each dedicated to excellence as demonstrated by the fact that all three of the programs in the department are ranked in the top 5 nationally,” Niles said.

Niles is past-president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and past-editor of The Career Development Quarterly. He is also a fellow of the NCDA and recently received from the association the Eminent Career Award—which is considered the NCDA’s highest honor. 

Niles has also received two separate honors from the American Counseling Association:  He was named editor-elect of the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCA) and was named an ACA Fellow. In addition, he has received the David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award and the Extended Research Award from ACA.