September 03, 2008

Association to honor three counselor educators

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Three counselor educators from Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be honored Friday, Oct. 17, in Indianapolis by the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Kimberly K. Asner-Self has won the group’s outstanding mentor award, Tracy A. Stinchfield has won the outstanding supervisor award, and Brett E.D. Zyromski has won the outstanding professional teaching award. Each will receive plaques during a luncheon awards ceremony to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“When a department has a faculty member recognized by his or her peers in this way, it is indeed a proud moment to share,” said Lyle J. White, chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

“To have three faculty members from the same program honored in the same year by one professional association is highly unusual. Drs. Asner-Self, Stinchfield, and Zyromski are truly extraordinary faculty.”

Asner-Self, an associate professor who joined the faculty in 1999, specializes in teaching multi-cultural counseling, group counseling and community counseling courses. Her research interests include acculturation, trauma, international students, professional identity formation and groups. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1983 from Rice University in Houston, masters’ degrees in 1990 and 1993 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., respectively, and her doctorate in 1999, also from George Washington.

Stinchfield, an assistant professor who came to SIUC in 2005, specializes in teaching courses related to marriage, couples and families, while her research focuses on supervision and on motherhood and academia. She earned her bachelor’s in 1994 from the University of Pittsburgh, her master’s in 1999 from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in 2002 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Zyromski, also an assistant professor, arrived last year and specializes in school counseling coursework and practicums. His research also focuses on various aspects of school counseling, including distance-learning components. He earned his bachelor’s in 1998 from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., his master’s in 2001 from the Houston Graduate School of Theology and his doctorate in 2007 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.