UM Counselor Education Professor Earns Outstanding Teaching Award

December 18, 2018

MISSOULA – Dr. Veronica Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Montana, recently was named the 2018 recipient of the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision is a national organization for counselors, supervisors, graduate students and faculty members focused on promoting the education and supervision of counselors in training and in practice. The Outstanding Teaching Award embodies this goal through the recognition of a counselor educator who exemplifies excellence and innovation as an instructor in the higher education classroom.

UM Associate Professor Veronica Johnson, center, receives the Outstanding Teaching Award at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference held in Park City, Utah, in October.

The Department of Counselor Education, located in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, offers educational programs at the master’s and doctoral levels for counseling professionals. Its high-quality programs are nationally accredited, and graduates from the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling have a 100-percent job placement rate.

Johnson is in her fifth year as a faculty member at UM and also chairs the Department of Counselor Education.

In nominating Johnson for the Outstanding Teaching Award Nomination, Dr. Sara Polanchek wrote, “I have the pleasure to work amongst many stellar colleagues. However, I can’t think of another who so consistently goes the extra mile for their students, who maintains the highest standards of professionalism and who juggles way more than her share with equanimity, poise and humor.”

 “Loved, loved, loved this class,” a student recently wrote in evaluating a course taught by Johnson. “Veronica rocks and is an amazing professor. Roni is why I want to become a counselor.”

Johnson picked up her award at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference held in Park City, Utah, in October.

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Contact: Adrea Lawrence, interim dean, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-5054, adrea.lawrence@mso.umt.edu; Veronica Johnson, associate professor and chair, Department of Counselor Education, 406-243-4205, veronica.johnson@mso.umt.edu.