Counseling scholar receives GLBT Educator of the Year Award

UMSL professor Mark Pope received the 2012 GLBT Educator of the Year Award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals. (Photo by August Jennewein)

As a tireless crusader and advocate for diversity and social justice, Mark Pope continues to receive accolades for his outstanding work. Most recently, he received the 2012 GLBT Educator of the Year Award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Pope, chair and professor of counseling and family therapy in the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, received the honor last month for his outstanding career achievements.

“This award is very special since it comes from outside of my field of study,” he said. “To have my work in GLBT career development acknowledged by the larger audience of scientists, mathematicians, and computing professionals who have been affected by that is quite important.”

Pope is a recognized international expert in various aspects of counseling with sexual minorities, including gay and lesbian career development; violence in schools against sexual minority youths; sexual behavior in aging gay men; and psychological testing with sexual minorities. He has advocated for more than 35 years for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals, as well as all members of under-represented and culturally marginalized groups in American society.

Pope is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters and other publications dealing with multicultural awareness and career development. He has served on numerous organizations and committees whose specific interests involve multiculturalism and career concerns.

Earlier this year, he received the inaugural Diversity Initiative Award from the National Career Development Association.  In addition, he is a fellow of the National Career Development Association, American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17), Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (Division 44), and Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45). He also previously served as the editor of The Career Development Quarterly, the foremost professional journal in career counseling and career development.

This GLBT Educator of the Year Award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals is given to a GLBT educator who has enabled significant growth for GLBT students in science or technology – through teaching, counseling, advocacy, role modeling, or other educational roles.

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)  was founded in 1983 to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking and peer support. NOGLSTP is an affiliate society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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