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Roger L. Worthington

Roger L. Worthington



Professor of Counseling Psychology & Higher Education


16 Hill Hall
(573) 882-8360
E-mail: WorthingtonR@missouri.edu

Research Areas


  • Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
  • Multicultural Counseling Competencies
  • LGB Issues and Sexual Identity

Brief Biography


Roger L. Worthington, PhD, is a professor in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1995 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Worthington was the assistant deputy chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri from 2006-2011. During that time, he was also a founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and recently served as the vice president for diversity and the public interest of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) (2008-2011). 

He is the incoming editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (JDHE), and an associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP). He was the SCP coordinator for the 2011 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, and served as a member of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. 

Since 2006, Worthington has been the principal investigator and project director of the MU Difficult Dialogues Program, a project funded by three prestigious Ford Foundation grants totaling $230,000. He is currently the chair of the emerging Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center.

From 1999 through 2005, Worthington was the architect and principal investigator for the MU Campus Climate Study, which included five phases of data collection and three volumes of reports. In 2005, he chaired a campus-wide task force for campus climate and training. The most recent iteration of climate research was a 2009 Student Survey. In 2007-08 he was one of the tri-chairs of the Chancellor’s Task Force for a Veteran-Friendly Campus.

Worthington is also a licensed psychologist and he has taught courses to undergraduate and graduate students on ethics and law for professional psychology, counseling and interpersonal skills, research design, measurement and multicultural counseling. He is a nationally recognized scholar on issues of human diversity in counseling and education. He has won numerous awards for academic, service and teaching excellence.



Academic Background


Education:

1995        Ph.D.  in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara

Academic Career:

1997-present    Full Professor (2009-present), Associate Professor (2003-09), Assistant Professor (1997-2003), University of Missouri. Joint appointment in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (beginning August, 2011).

1994-1997    Assistant Professor, Boston College

Administrative Leadership:

2004-2011    Assistant Deputy Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer (2006-2011), Faculty Fellow for Diversity (2004-2006), University of Missouri. Office of the Deputy Chancellor. (Appointment ended August 31, 2011.)

2005-06    University of Missouri Leadership Development Program, President’s Academic Leadership Initiative, University of Missouri System.

1999-2004    Director of Undergraduate Studies (1999-2004), Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri.

National Leadership:

2011-present    Chair of the Board of Directors, Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center.

2006-2011    Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Acting Second Vice President (2009-2010).

2008-2011     Vice-President for Diversity and the Public Interest, Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association).

2011        Conference Organizer and Chair, Roundtable for the Advancement of a National Movement for Difficult Dialogues Teaching and Learning, March 6, 2011, Washington, DC.

2009-2011    National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) Legacy Fund Committee. American Psychological Foundation ($250,000 fund raising goal).

2009        Conference Organizer and Chair, MU Difficult Dialogues Summer Institute, June 12-15, 2009, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

2007 - 2011     2011 National Multicultural Conference & Summit, Conference Coordinating Committee, Society of Counseling Psychology Representative.

2007 – 2009    APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation, American Psychological Association.



Presentations


Selected Institutional Consulting and Invited Presentations:

2011    Student Affiliates of Seventeen Diversity Conference, Society of Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, “Keynote: Difficult Dialogues about Privilege: Exploring Intersecting Identities of Race, Class, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Disability.” November 5, 2011.

2011    Kansas State University, “Keynote: Creating an Inclusive Campus Climate.” October 25, 2011.

2011    Texas Tech University, “Difficult Dialogues Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop” and “The Evolution of Organizational Diversity in Higher Education: From Affirmative Action to Inclusive Excellence.” October 12, 2011.

2011    University of California at Santa Barbara, “Difficult Dialogues: Controversies of Academic Freedom and Pluralism in Higher Education” and “Diversity Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Conversation Hour.” May 19, 2011.

2011    Student Affiliates of Seventeen Diversity Conference, Society of Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, “Keynote: Difficult Dialogues about Privilege: Exploring Intersecting Identities of Race, Class, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Disability.” November 5, 2011.

2011    Kansas State University, “Keynote: Creating an Inclusive Campus Climate.” October 25, 2011.

2011    Texas Tech University, “Difficult Dialogues Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop” and “The Evolution of Organizational Diversity in Higher Education: From Affirmative Action to Inclusive Excellence.” October 12, 2011.

2011    Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, “Supervisors Workshop: Working with Students with LGBQQ Clients.” April 28, 2011; and “Graduate Student Workshop: Working with LGBQQ Clients.” April 29, 2011.

2011    University of Miami, “Counseling Psychology Graduate Program Review.” Dean of the Graduate School. April 10-12, 2011.

2011    University of North Texas, Bonnie Lecture: “Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: Teaching Effectively about Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Other Difficult Subjects;” and “Workshop: Difficult Dialogues Teaching and Learning;” and “Addressing Climate Issues.” April 4-5, 2011.

2011    Oklahoma State University, “Conducting a Comprehensive Campus Climate Study: From Methods to Measurement to Dissemination.” March 28, 2011.

2010    University of North Dakota, “Counseling Psychologists as Social Change Agents in Higher Education,” June 13-14, 2010.

2010    Texas Tech University, “Conducting a Comprehensive Campus Climate Study: From Methods to Measurement to Dissemination,” and “Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: Teaching Effectively about Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Other Difficult Subjects.” April 21, 2010.

2010    Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, “Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: Teaching Effectively about Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Other Difficult Subjects.” April 9, 2010; and “Difficult Dialogues in Organizational Team-Building.” May 7, 2010.

2009    Colgate University, “Campus Climate Life Study Initiative.” February – May, 2009.

2009    New Mexico State University, “Counseling Psychologists as Social Change Agents in Higher Education,” and “Difficult Dialogues: Definitions, Assumptions, Characteristics, Purposes and Skills.” April 21-22, 2009.

2008    Argosy University, “Difficult Dialogues in Professional Psychology: Religious Freedoms and Training Values.” August 26, 2008.

2008    St. John Fisher College, “Conducting a Comprehensive Campus Climate Study: From Methods to Measurement to Dissemination,” May 21, 2008

2008    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Implementing a Comprehensive Campus Climate Assessment: Advice, Insights, and Unexpected Benefits” Race, Diversity and Campus Climate at the University of Illinois, April 10, 2008.


Research Activities


Edited Volumes, Special Issues, and Published Reports:  5
Articles in Refereed Journals:  35
Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries:  13
Other Authored Works:  5
Total:  58

Conference presentations:  69
Conference Symposium Chair:  6
Conference Symposium Discussant: 8
Total:  83

External Grant Funding:  $491,423
Internal Grant Funding:  $143,000
Total:  $634,423

Editorial Appointments (Selected)

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
Incoming Editor (2011-present), Editorial Board, 2007-2011

Journal of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association
    Associate Editor (2011-present); Editorial Board, 1997-2001, 2005-2006; Ad Hoc Reviewer, 1995-1996; 2001-2004; 2007-2011

 

Institutional Task Force and Research Reports

Henson, L., Worthington, R. L., & Fleisher, C. (2008). Report of the Task Force for a Veteran-Friendly Campus, (42 pages). Office of the Chancellor, University of Missouri.

Worthington, R. L. et al. (2006). Report of Deliberative Dialogues on Sexual Health in Residential Life. Office of the Deputy Chancellor, University of Missouri.

Worthington, R. L. et al. (2005). Report of the Task Force for Campus Climate and Training (69 pages). Office of the Deputy Chancellor, University of Missouri.

*Worthington, R. L. (2005). The MU Campus Climate Study for Underrepresented Groups: Volume 3 (39 pages). University of Missouri.

*Worthington, R. L. (2004). The MU Campus Climate Study for Underrepresented Groups: Volume 2 (232 pages). University of Missouri.

*Worthington, R. L. (2002). The MU Campus Climate Study for Underrepresented Groups: Volume 1 (221 pages). University of Missouri.



Service


University Service (selected)

2002-present    Member, Strategic Planning and Resource Advisory Council, Office of the Chancellor, University of Missouri.

2010-2011    Health System Diversity Task Force, Office of the Vice Chancellor for the MU Health System, University of Missouri.

2006-2010    Member, Task Force for Identifying Strategic Advantages, Office of the Provost, University of Missouri.

2007-2008    Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Task Force for a Veteran-Friendly Campus, Office of the Chancellor, University of Missouri.

2007-2008    Board of Directors, Hispanic/Latin American Faculty and Staff Association, University of Missouri.

2005-2006    Member, Faculty Council, University of Missouri.

2004-2005        Chair, Campus Climate and Training Task Force, Office of the Deputy Chancellor, University of Missouri.