College of Education Welcomes New Dean!


GSU is pleased to announce that Andrea E. Evans has been named Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Evans has spent the last two years as an associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as the Ph. D. Program coordinator in the department of educational policy studies. Prior to UIC, Dr. Evans served as department chair of educational administration and higher education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also taught as an assistant professor of educational administration at Northern Illinois University. In 2007, she was appointed program coordinator of educational administration at NIU and oversaw master's and doctoral degree programs. 

Dr. Evans' research has focused on educational leadership, school context, diversity and equity in schools, and more recently, chronic school absenteeism. She has published in several major journals including Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, and Journal of School Leadership and served as associate editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (2013). She served as the 2010 program chair for the Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership) of the American Educational Research Association and as a member of Division A Executive Council. In addition, she has sat on several statewide committees including the Illinois School Leader Redesign Team and Truancy in Chicago Public School Taskforce. Dr. Evans is the former president of the UIC Black Alumni Advisory Council and former vice-president of the UIC College of Education Alumni Board.

In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Evans has been an educational consultant in the Chicago metropolitan area and across the state of Illinois and provides professional development to teachers and school leaders, and mentored middle school, high school, and college students. Also, she has mentored graduate students and early career faculty members from around the country. Finally, Dr. Evans has collaborated with Illinois school districts to provide guidance and support for their school improvement efforts.

Dr. Evans holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master's degree in curriculum and program development from DePaul University. She spent 11 years as a high school science teacher and administrator in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 

GSU Counseling Student Receives Scholarship From NBCC Foundation

The NBCC Foundation has awarded Khadijah Bradford of Chicago Heights, Illinois, a 2014 minority scholarship.

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation minority scholarship to Khadijah Bradford of Chicago Heights, Illinois. The minority scholarship is awarded to counseling students who commit to serving minority populations upon graduation.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The minority scholarship was created in 2013 to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture. This program provides financial support to students who have substantial experience with the minority community they commit to serving after graduation. The Foundation received applications from 150 students from across the country for the five minority scholarships, and the Board of Trustees awarded an additional scholarship due to the high caliber of the applicants.

As one of six 2014 minority scholarship recipients, Ms. Bradford will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to minority populations. Ms. Bradford is a graduate of Chicago State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Governors State University. She works as the vocational job coach with Thornton Township High Schools District 205. She primarily works with students with varying abilities, both physical and cognitive, helping them learn valuable work and life skills. Her goal is to prepare her students to be productive and self-sustaining members of society. Ms. Bradford looks forward to completing her degree and working with at-risk students and their families to decrease the achievement gap and promote academic excellence.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 military scholarships to increase the number of counselors available to serve military service members, veterans and their families, as well as six $5,000 rural scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas.

The NBCC Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. For more information or to make a gift in support of the Foundation’s mission, please visit

GSU Counseling Student Khadijah Bradford

About the NBCC Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries.

Professor Jon Carlson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

GSU professor Jon Carlson receives Lifetime Achievement Award


 GSU psychology professor Jon Carlson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology at its 62nd Annual Conference May 22-25 in Chicago.

The organization said Carlson received the award, "In recognition of the many significant contributions that he has made to Individual Psychology and NASAP; for sharing his extensive knowledge of therapy and clinical skills through articles, books, films and other media, and for pushing Adlerian psychology beyond Adler."

This is yet another award for the oft-feted professor. He has earned recognition from the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. He was named Distinguished Psychologist by the APA Division of Psychotherapy in 2009 and received the APA Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award in 2011. In 2004, the American Counseling Association conferred upon him the title of "Living Legend." His presence as a public figure and his promotion of mental wellness has afforded him counsel with the Dalai Lama and an appearance on NBC’s "The Today Show."

Professor Carlson has authored more than 50 books, including "Never Be Lonely Again," and "Time for a Better Marriage," and has written more than 170 scholarly articles. Congratulations to him on another well-deserved award.