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Marcheta Evans
Marcheta Evans

UTSA Close-up: Marcheta Evans honored with statewide educator award

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 1, 2006)--Marcheta Evans, chair of the UTSA Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Adult and Higher Education (CEPAHE), was selected as Outstanding Counselor Educator 2006 by the Texas Counselor Education and Supervision Association of the Texas Counseling Association.

Nominated by Larry Golden, a fellow professor in the College of Education and Human Development, Evans received the award Dec. 1 at the annual Texas Counseling Association conference.

"Under Marcheta's leadership, our doctoral program in counseling has become a reality. We have hired three tenure-track counselor educators and our preparation for CACREP accreditation is underway," said Golden. "Most notably, morale among counseling faculty is high which can be directly attributed to her collaborative and respectful leadership style."

Evans was named the CEPAHE department chair in 2004. During her tenure, the department has expanded to one of the largest counseling education programs in the country with 963 students currently enrolled. Evans also was a driving force behind the implementation of UTSA's Ph.D. program in counselor education and supervision, whose first candidates will graduate in fall 2007.

"With all of her achievements, Marcheta's most impressive qualification is that she is so effective as a teacher and supervisor. She takes a personal interest in the professional development of all her students," concluded Golden. "Her own success and commitment to her profession makes her a strong role model for women and minorities."

Evans, a native of Alabama who joined UTSA in 1998, lists diversity among faculty and students as a main goal.

"I want to teach my students to understand and value diversity, not just tolerate it," said Evans. "In today's world, it is critical that counselors and educators be culturally competent professionals."

Evans described herself as being humbled on receiving the award.

"I love what I do, and I would do it with or without the accolades, but it really is indescribable to be honored and recognized by your peers in such a manner."

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