CHE doctoral students receive honors

Two doctoral students in the UNT College of Education's Counseling and Higher Education department recently earned prestigious honors from separate professional organizations.

In Higher Education, Nicholas Fuselier, a member of the American College Personnel Association, has won the ACPA Annuit Coeptis Award – Emerging Professional.

"I'm thrilled to be recognized by ACPA in this way," Fuselier said. "ACPA is my professional home, and it's a real honor to be a recipient of this award. The award has been around since 1979, so I feel incredibly lucky to join the community of recipients who have gone on to do some pretty incredible work in the field of student affairs and higher education."

Fuselier was nominated by a former professor and received letters of support from his colleagues.

According to the ACPA, the award honors five emerging professionals at a dinner that often includes "wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues." The dinner carries on a tradition established by ACPA members Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth, who enjoyed challenging contemporaries and junior colleagues in a spirit of personal and professional sharing, good humor and thoughtful intellectual debate.

Fuselier looks forward to carrying on tradition by joining and learning from the other recipients of this award at the dinner.

In Counseling, Ana Reyes, a doctoral student focused on changing lives in the LGBTQ community, has earned a $20,000 fellowship from the 2017 National Board for Certified Counselors.

The NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is concerned with meeting the behavioral health needs of all Americans, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being, according to the NBCC. Fellowships to doctoral counseling students from the NBCC MFP aim to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increase the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

"I think that my dedication and passion for working with underserved populations shined through my educational, work, and volunteer history," Reyes said.

She has worked with LGBTQ students, immigrants, refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and youths battling substance abuse. She said that these experiences have crafted her path to gaining this accomplishment.

KHPR doctoral student wins conference scholarship

Alan ChuAlan Chu, a doctoral student in the UNT College of Education’s Kinesiology program, recently earned a scholarship to attend the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) conference in December 2016 in Galveston.

Chu’s research focuses on motivation and health-related outcomes in sports and physical education. He currently serves as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation as well as a sport psychology consultant at the UNT Center for Sport and Performance Excellence. He won the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Fellow of the Year Award for KHPR.

At the conference, Chu was able to attend a wide range of lectures and demonstrations focusing on physical education, health education, community health and more.

“My ideal career is to teach and do research in a research-oriented university as well as consult with coaches and athletes in the community regarding educational and motivational issues,” he said. “Helping all students, especially athletes, to pursue their excellence in physical and psychosocial development is my ultimate goal.”

UNT KHPR faculty member Tao Zhang and visiting scholar Jiqiang Wang of East China Normal University also attended the conference and made a presentation on qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates breathing techniques, postures and focusing exercises to optimize health.

For more information about TAHPERD, visit


Pictured: Alan Chu, left, with KHPR faculty member Tao Zhang and Xiaoxia Zhang, a UNT sport pedagogy doctoral student. Xiaoxia Zhang won first place for her poster at the conference.

ORC Brown Bag Series - Publishing and becoming a productive scholar

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Matthews Hall 209

The Office of Research Consulting presents a Brown Bag Series workshop: Publishing and becoming a productive scholar.

This session will include information about the publishing process, including when to start publishing, how to start publishing, and how to find an appropriate journal in which to publish.

The ORC Brown Bag Series is a series of four sessions aimed at providing our audience with information on a variety of important topics for graduate students’ academic success. We have prepared these topics in the hopes that graduate students from all departments across campus will benefit and learn something new!

ORC Brown Bag Series - Grant Writing

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Matthews Hall 209

The Office of Research Consulting presents a Brown Bag Series workshop: Grant Writing.

An introduction to grant writing will be provided, including how to find potential grant funding opportunities and the necessary components that should be included in your grant request.

The ORC Brown Bag Series is a series of four sessions aimed at providing our audience with information on a variety of important topics for graduate students’ academic success. We have prepared these topics in the hopes that graduate students from all departments across campus will benefit and learn something new!

ORC Brown Bag Series - Entering Academia

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Matthews Hall 209

Entering Academia FlyerThe Office of Research Consulting presents a Brown Bag Series workshop: What to know about entering academia.

The ORC Brown Bag Series is a series of four sessions aimed at providing our audience with information on a variety of important topics for graduate students’ academic success. We have prepared these topics in the hopes that graduate students from all departments across campus will benefit and learn something new!

This session will provide you with information about securing a job in academia. We will cover an array of topics including how to prepare your CV, interview tips, and what you need to know about working in academia after you graduate.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers for our event:

Dr. Allen Jackson
Regents Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation

Dr. Yolanda Mitchell
Senior Lecturer, Educational Psychology

Dr. Rachel Mun
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Jeff Strowe
Career Development Specialist, UNT Career Center

KHPR faculty member named SHAPE America Fellow

Xiangli Gu, an assistant professor in the UNT College of Education’s Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation department, was recently named one of six new research fellows for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America in 2017.

“The SHAPE America Society of Health and Physical Educators Research Fellow is selected by nomination only from other established research fellows,” Gu said. “To date, SHAPE America has recognized 87 research fellows in the Sport Pedagogy research area since 1959, and I am so proud of being a member of them.”

According to Gu’s profile page on the College of Education website, her “research focuses on achievement motivation in physical activity and health promotion; the behavioral mechanism of childhood obesity including physical activity, physical fitness and motor skills assessment among youth; and how those behavioral variables may affect school-aged students’ academic performance and health outcomes. The long-term goal of [Gu’s] research agenda is to develop optimal school-based intervention programs that aim at childhood obesity prevention and promoting cognitive health, especially in low-income minority groups.”

SHAPE America focuses on the health of young children in the United States with regards to physical activity. Since 1885, SHAPE America has provided the U.S. with research about physical activity and its benefits to children and young adults.

Gu has been a part of many services for the Research Council of SHAPE America since 2008. She has served as a reviewer for the SHAPE America Official Journals (Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport) as well as the research papers of each annual convention.

Gu has received grant support as well as research awards from SHAPE America. Gu’s undergraduate and graduate students have also received research awards from SHAPE America under her mentoring.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by the largest professional organization in our field,” Gu said. “In the meantime, I am also proud of being able to represent UNT at the professional levels. I would like to extend my appreciation to my colleagues, chair and deans since I cannot obtain this great honor without their help, encouragement and support.”

Gu will be commended for this professional recognition the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Boston on March 16.


Above, Xiangli Gu, seen here talking with UNT Provost Finley Graves, was also honored at the college's Faculty Salute in 2015.

Spring 2017 HDFS Internship and Career Fair

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:30am

Career Center
Chestnut Hall

Interested in a career involving children and families? Do you enjoy helping people?

Explore over 30 agencies in the DFW area! Come join us to learn more about internships and working with community and social service organizations focused on bettering the lives of children and families.

Student Computer Lab offers study spaces, laptops for checkout


The College of Education Student Computer Labs, which are located in Matthews Hall 309 as well as the recently-opened Physical Education Building (PEB) 220 satellite location, now have more spaces to study, collaboration areas for group work, and offer laptops you can check out to study with or even take to class.

Both locations offer laptop checkout, and both now have collaboration spaces available for group projects. The collaboration spaces support wireless or wired connection to project devices on a large screen, and feature adjustable seating and tables to suit your group's needs.

The Matthews Hall location has also opened a Study Lounge, featuring a student-centric open space with lounge chairs for individual study and relaxation, as well as tables and whiteboards for group collaboration and brainstorming sessions.

COE, ACES to present Temple Grandin lecture in Dallas

The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 (Thursday) in Dallas.

“+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected to sell out. Proceeds will support UNT’s work in autism.

Grandin is considered one of the most important voices in the ASD community. She was diagnosed with autism as a young child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science. She is a best-selling author and was the subject of an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO film starring Claire Danes.

Grandin will discuss her journey and offer her thoughts on the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a lecture titled “Educating Students with Different Kinds of Minds.”

“Dr. Grandin is one of the most iconic and important voices in the autism field,” said UNT alumna Kristin Farmer, founder and CEO of ACES and benefactor of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center. “It is my honor and privilege for ACES to support UNT by bringing her inspiring message to the Dallas-Fort Worth community.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Grandin and experts from UNT and KFAC, who will answer questions from the audience and offer insights into current research and best practices. Questions will be taken online at the registration site.

“We are fortunate and excited to have Dr. Grandin share her unique perspectives and insights into the world of autism,” said panel member Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, UNT associate professor of behavior analysis. “Her voice is a strong and powerful force in advocating for effective, intensive and humane approaches to improving the lives of people with autism.”

Doors will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event. The lecture is appropriate for ages 12 and older, and light refreshments will be served. To register, submit a question for Grandin or the panel, or for more information, visit

Established in 1996, ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs. ACES provides comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals’ potential in the home, school and community, throughout their lifespan. For more information about ACES, visit or follow on social media (Facebook: ACES ABA, Twitter @ACESautism).