By Kiara Catanzaro, '15
Dr. Barbara Trolley, professor of counselor education at St. Bonaventure University, will receive the New York State Career Development Association Outstanding Counselor Educator Award.
Trolley was invited to present at NYSCDA’s 2014 conference in Buffalo May 29 and 30. She will receive the award at a luncheon May 30.
“A departmental colleague and two alumni, one of whom is also an adjunct professor and a supervisor for our program, nominated me,” Trolley said. “NYSCDA has a committee which selected the winner.”
Trolley will give three presentations at the conference: “Veterans TLC: Transition to and Life in College,” The Game of Life: Career and Life Planning for Diverse Students Populations,” and “Wellness & Career Success for Freshmen Students on Academic Probation.”
The Outstanding Counselor Educator Award recognizes significant contributions to the field of career development in the following areas: education and mentoring of career counseling students, development of or leadership in exemplary career programs, conduct research and/or publish in the field and/or advocate efforts to inform and persuade policy makers about career development.
Trolley said she hopes to continue furthering academic success at St. Bonaventure.
“I want to continue to not only enhance student knowledge but also help them grow in their professional dispositions, which are essential to career success,” Trolley said.
Trolley said her mentors are an area of inspiration regarding counseling education and career development.
“I personally have had several wonderful mentors throughout my academic training and professional career,” Trolley said. “I aspire to do the same for my students — to ‘pay it forward’ and hopefully be a light and guide them in their career development journeys.”
Her second source of inspiration comes from her students.
“I have the utmost respect for these professionals in training as they are balancing academic work and life demands, growing, developing and achieving much success and career advancement post graduation,” Trolley said. “I often look to my graduates to supervise incoming students and to collaborate with me in regard to conference presentations and publications.”
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