James E. Golding

  University Lecturer Senior Status
  708-235-7397ext. 7397
  Office Location: G 107
  College: CHHS

Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health



"I have been teaching at Governors State University since the Fall of 2005. I am currently a full-time senior lecturer in the Addictions Studies program of the College of Health and Human Services. I originally joined Addictions Studies to assist in the development of online courses for the Addictions Screening Assessment and Referral Certificate program.

Since 2005, I have developed several online and hybrid courses for the Masters of Health Science (MHS) in Addictions Studies program and MHS in Addictions Studies Addictions Counseling Concentration. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with this esteemed faculty and to be part of an academic program that is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of addiction.

What I enjoy about teaching at GSU is working with the diverse population of students, especially the older adult learner. Being an older adult student who earned one of my master’s degrees at the age of 62 gives me the opportunity to be a role model and mentor for the returning and current older adult student. Another enjoyment is bringing my clinical experience to the classroom,  which I believe enhances the student’s learning environment.

I am an elected board member for the Illinois Chapter (IAAP) of NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals. In 2016, I will be serving as President of IAAP and look forward to advocating for changes in the addiction field — whether it be for counselors, educators or clients. For the past five years, I have joined students from the Addictions Studies program for a day of advocacy in Springfield; we meet with our Illinois state law makers and advocate for laws that support the work being done by the professionals in our field."

- James E. Golding, MSW, MHS, CAADC, CCJP, MAC, SAP

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