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Emmett Top Educator in College of Education & Graduate Studies

Sept. 12, 1998

School psychology associate Professor Judy Emmett has been named the Outstanding Faculty member in the College of Education & Graduate Studies at UW-River Falls.

Emmett was selected for the honor through nomination by education faculty members and students.

In the announcement, Emmett was cited for her teaching excellence and contributions to her department and college. These include her significant publication and presentations regionally and nationally; ongoing work with St. Croix Valley schools; service on numerous University committees; grant writing activities; and high student formal evaluations and extensive personal notes of appreciation from students.

Among the comments made by students who supported her nomination were:

“By watching (her) relate to others, I have learned the importance of non-jugemental assertivess balanced with honest compassion.”

“I feel that because of her patience and efforts, I was able to produce a quality project. Her inquiry approach and pursuit of excellence inspired me.”

Another commented, “I really do appreciate the times (she) has gone out of her way to help, taken calls at night on her personal time, and for just simply being a wonderful adviser.”

An associate professor in the department of counseling and school psychology, Emmett joined UW-RF in 1991 teaching courses in career development, school counseling, cross cultural counseling, counseling skills for teachers and school-to-work programs. She also supervises counseling practices and internships.

She brought nearly 20 years of experience as a school teacher, with experience as a science teacher and as a project coordinator for career development and internships for gifted students in the Rockford Public Schools.

Her extensive publications have included articles in scholarly journals on such diverse topics as career decision-making factors in gifted young adults, open meetings in elementary schools for promoting peaceful schools, the concerns of Wisconsin school counselors, and the teaching of career counseling to counselors. Emmett also has presented widely on counseling to numerous school districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, as ell as Pennsylvania, Illinois, Oregon and Missouri.

Emmett’s professional activities include serving as editor of the Wisconsin School Counselor’s publication, “Transactions,” and serving as the postsecondary vice president on the board of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association.

At UW-RF she has served on the Graduate Council; the student recruitment, admission and retention committee; the University Curriculum Committee; advisory council on cultural diversity; Task Force on Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Persons; and the College of Education & Graduate Studies curriculum committee.

Emmett holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Aquinas College in Michigan, a master’s in biology from Marquette University, and a doctorate in counseling from North Illinois University.

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