Lisa L. Schulz
I was born and raised in the Rogue Valley of Southwestern Oregon. There I gained a curiosity to learn about the world and the diverse people living in it. I was intrigued by the people who came to work in the pear and peach orchards, and decided I wanted to learn to communicate with them. My interest and ability to learn Spanish lead me to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. On my way to becoming a Spanish-language high school teacher, I earned a Master’s of Art degree in Social Science; (I love history!) My ability to create positive relationships with my students lead me to earn another Master’s degree in Counseling and I became a professional school counselor. Five years later I earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree and joined the ranks of higher education as a counselor educator.
I spent my first five years as a counselor educator working for Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. I enjoyed exploring life in an area quite diverse from where I grew up and was able to create teaching and research opportunities in Spain, Guatemala, and Cuba. I have always enjoyed a sense of adventure about different places, and have lived and worked in both Mexico and Costa Rica. A practitioner at heart, I offered pro bono individual and group counseling services to the Spanish-speaking community of Southeast Georgia. I enjoyed working specifically with adolescents supporting their bicultural identity development and women who identified as victims of intimate partner violence. An important aspect of my work has been the advocacy for socially just policies that extend to all communities living in the United States.
I left Georgia for a clinical position at the University of North Texas with the excitement to continue to learn and live, and explore the Texas way of being through its people. I hope to contribute to the excellence of the UNT counseling program and to the North Texas community.
Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor [LPC-S] (GA); Nationally Certified Counselor [NCC]; Certified School Counselor, K-12 (OR)
UNT Position: Clinical Assistant Professor; Coordinator, Undergraduate Counseling Minor
Teaching Areas: Developmental processes; clinical skills and counseling internship
Research Interests: Bicultural identity development of adolescent Latinos/as; culturally responsive practices in education and research; multi-lingual supervision.
Honors and awards: 2012, Honor College recognition; 2010 nominee, American School Counselor Educator of the Year; 2010 Counselor Educator of the Year, Georgia School Counselor Association.