Melissa Wheeler, Ph.D. — Distance Clinical Professor

"As a professional in the field, I realized there was a need for advocacy in our profession for underrepresented college student groups. I wanted to teach other counselors how to be advocates for those who may not feel they have a voice."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education – The University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • M.S. in Counselor Education – East Carolina University
  • B.S. in Elementary Education – East Carolina University

Department: Education

Career highlights:

  • National Career Development Association Leadership Academy Class of 2017
  • Excellence in Advising Award recipient in 2008 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Received a student evaluation saying my webinars were the best they had ever seen
  • In which online degree program do you teach?

    M.Ed. in School Counseling and M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    As a professional in the field, I realized there was a need for advocacy in our profession for underrepresented college student groups. I wanted to teach other counselors how to be advocates for those who may not feel they have a voice.

  • What's the best advice that you ever received?

    Good people help because help can't wait.

  • What's the best advice that you could give your students?

    Keep all of the resources you receive in class in a folder on your desktop. You may not use them now, but when you are a counselor, this folder will be a lifeline.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in counseling?

    I love what I do; I love what I teach; I love to have conversations with others about our profession and advocacy for clients.

  • Tell us something your students may not know about you:

    I have competed in the Founders Cup World Kickball Championship tournament in Las Vegas...twice!

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