COE Counseling faculty member wins national award

By Raquel Talamantes


Angie Wilson
, assistant professor of counseling in the UNT College of Education’s Counseling and Higher Education department, has won the Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award from the American Counseling Association.

Wilson is a past president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) and also a New Professional Board Member-at-Large for TACES. She holds a committee chair position in International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and serves on the Ethics Appeal Panel for the American Counseling Association. Wilson has also won previous awards including the IAAOC’s 2016 Outstanding Addictions/Offender Professional Award and the 2015 Professor of the Year Award given by the African American Student Leadership team at Texas A&M University.

“I am honored and grateful to be selected as the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award,” Wilson said. “One of my goals as a professional is to give back to the counseling profession through leadership and service. I enjoy serving our profession and working to be a voice for underserved populations and students. Working in these leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels has afforded me with opportunities to advocate for others, mentor others and give back to the counseling profession.”

According to the ACA website, nominees for the award must:

  • Have been a member of ACA for at least three years
  • Have been an ACA state branch or state division president
  • Have shown ability as a new leader in the counseling profession and have a master’s degree in counseling or closely related profession
  • Held at least one, but no more than three national ACA, division or region offices, board or committee chair positions

The Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award was created in 2006 and recognizes an ACA member who has demonstrated the potential to become a dedicated leader of the counseling profession in future years.

“It is my hope that the leaders who have inspired and helped me along the way recognize the importance and influence they have on emerging professionals,” Wilson said. “Several people mentored me and invested in me, and I hope they see the benefit of their mentorship, guidance and support in this recent accomplishment. I also hope to continue sharing the lessons that I’ve learned along the way to my students and new professionals.”