is a rewarding field in which to belong. The encouragement of continued
learning brings about personal motivation for growth and development, but
beyond personal benefits, the greatest reward of working in higher education is
the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of others. Engaging in shared learning empowers those
involved to recognize the value in what they have to contribute. Regardless of
a person’s defining characteristics (i.e. race, age, ability, sexual
orientation, religious affiliation, etc.) everyone has something to contribute
to the learning process through the sharing of experiences and perspectives. I
find the most rewarding aspect of academic work is the opportunity to
continually learn about and with others. I have a
B.A. degree in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I earned an
M.A. degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Systems
from Governors State University. Currently, I am enrolled in an
Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program with a concentration in Higher
Education Administration at Governors State University. I have work experience
with inpatient mental health services and private counseling practices. In
addition, I have over seven years of experience teaching in higher education in
the Departments of Psychology and Counseling.
Aside from my work obligations, I value helping to empower others to be
successful in their life’s journey. I contribute to this through the mentoring
of students (middle school through college-aged) in both religiously affiliated
settings and at Governors State University.
Milliren, A., Yang, J., Wingett, W., & Boender, J.
(2008). The “Home Page.” Journal
of Individual Psychology, 64(1).
- Bachenberg, M., Boender, J., Thraen, T., & Kendrick, A.
and Spiritual Beliefs: How does this affect your client’s sexuality? American Counseling Association. Honolulu, HI.
- Bachenberg, M., Boender, J., & Thraen, E. (2013). Religious and spiritual beliefs…How does
this affect your client’s sexuality? American Association of Sexual
Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Conference. Miami, FL.
- Boender, J., Henderson, A., & Smurzynski, B. (2012). The courage to have fun with couples in
session. Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Springfield, IL.
- Bachenberg, M., Boender, J., & Dermer, S. (2011). Sex: What does counseling have to do with it.
Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Skokie, IL.
- Robey, P., Boender, J., Henderson, A., & Smurzynksi, B.
(2009). Helping couples work together through
an optimistic experiential approach. Illinois Counseling Association
Conference. Springfield, IL.
- Boender, J., Dermer, S., Dunham, S. (2008). Let’s talk about sex: Or our clients won’t.
Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Tinley Park, IL.
- Dermer, S.B., Boender, J., Malvestuto, M.,
Smith, S. (2007). Utilizing creativity in
multimedia to engage counselor education students. Hawaii International
Conference on Education. Honolulu,
- Dermer, S.B., Boender, J., Malvestuto, M.,
Smith, S. (2007). Let’s talk about sex:
Creating a sex therapy course to help counselors become more comfortable
discussing sexual issues with clients. Hawaii International Conference on
Education. Honolulu, HI.
I love the learning process! I enjoy being the
facilitator of learning opportunities, and the participant in learning
opportunities. Through my experiences I have come to recognize how learning in
the classroom is a collaborative process between the students and the
instructor. Instructors need to dispense information as well as receive
information, and students need to do the same. While instructors hold deeper
and broader knowledge on the topic of the course, students bring knowledge to
the classroom from their life experiences. Student experiences are valuable
sources of information that enhance the learning of all participants in the
class (including the instructor!). Through opportunities for discussion and
sharing, I strive to create learning environments where students and the
instructor collaborate in deepening their knowledge.
- Love: What everyone needs to
- Sex: What everyone needs to
- Lifespan developmental issues
- Family systems theory
- Introduction to family dynamics
- Principles of peer leadership
- Chairperson for GS2U (Summer 2013 –
- Search Committee Member for Tenure
Faculty Position (Summer 2013)
- Committee Member for Blackboard User
Group (Spring 2013 - current)
- Faculty Panel Member for New Student
Orientation (Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
- Mentor for Student Leadership
Institute (Spring 2013)
- Volunteer at New Student Orientation