6/28/2011

Two Warner Professors Granted Tenure

Their research and teaching interests may differ, but two counseling and human development professors have one thing in common as the new academic year draws near—they are newly tenured faculty at the Warner School of Education. The University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees voted to grant Dena Phillips Swanson and Andre Marquis tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective July 1.
 
Dean of the Warner School Raffaella Borasi says that both professors bring great passion and commitment to their research and the task of educating Warner students.
 
“To achieve tenure, they had to meet the high standards set by the University of Rochester for teaching, scholarly contributions to their field, and services to the Warner School and University, and got recognition for their work from a dozen national experts in their fields,” Borasi explains.
 
Swanson, an experienced counselor, researcher, and professor, says receiving tenure allows her to extend her research on stress and identity development while solidifying collaborative relationships that inform and utilize the research.
 
Swanson joined the Warner School in 2005, focusing her teaching and research on adolescents and the environments that shape them, with a special interest in the development of minority adolescents and their families. She is currently researching adolescent identity processes, school experiences, and the impact of adult relations on youth’s adaptive behaviors. Her work has appeared in publications such as Development and Psychopathology, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Negro Education, and Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Most recently, she served as a research consultant to a series of CNN reports airing in 2010 that examined children’s attitudes toward race.
 
In addition to her academic role at Warner, Swanson previously co-directed the Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood Growth, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and taught at Pennsylvania State University. She completed a doctorate in educational and developmental psychology and a bachelor’s in psychology, both from Emory University, and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University.
 
Marquis, a licensed mental health counselor, says his promotion represents a meaningful accomplishment, not only to earn it at an institution such as the University of Rochester, but especially to do so by following his passion and developing Integral Counseling as a “fully-fledged” theory of counseling that continues to gain recognition and influence in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy.
 
Since coming to Warner in 2005 as a counselor educator, Marquis has focused his work on developing the theoretical foundations and practical implications of Integral Counseling—a unified approach to counseling and psychotherapy informed by Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory. Integral Counseling not only has implications for counselors as they gather information from their clients, develop formulations, and choose among the many available therapies that may best serve their clients, but it also sheds light on how counselor educators can prepare new counselors with regard to the challenges of integrative counseling. Marquis’ work also focuses on investigating human change processes, where he closely studies how spirituality and other aspects of integral-constructive approaches affect health and development across the life course.
 
Marquis has served in various editorial roles for national publications, including the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Constructivism in the Human Sciences, and Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. In addition to being a founding member of the Integral Institute, he has served on the advisory board of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice and the Unified Psychotherapy Project, a group of researchers, scholars, theorists, and clinicians that seeks to advance the practice and science of psychotherapy by finding the underlying principles, methods, and techniques common to all psychotherapy. He has authored The Integral Intake: A Guide to Comprehensive Idiographic Assessment in Integral Psychotherapy and co-authored Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles in a variety of counseling and psychology publications. He earned a doctorate in counseling and counselor education from the University of North Texas, a master’s in counseling and guidance from Texas State University, and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.


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Tags: Andre Marquis, counseling, Counseling and Human Development, Dena Swanson