Dr. Kenneth Simington

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Assistant Teaching Professor

Mailing Address: Department of Counseling, Box 7406, WFU, Winston-Salem, NC  27109

Email address: simingkw@nullwfu.edu

Office phone: 336-758-1977

Location: Carswell 225

 

Faculty Member at Wake Forest University since July 2021

Education:

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro, 1996
  • M.Ed., Counseling, UNC Chapel Hill, 1984
  • B.A., Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill, 1983

Research and Special Interests:

Comprehensive school counseling programs, brief counseling models in schools, multicultural counseling, school discipline, and social-emotional learning.

Awards (selected):

  • Carver High School Academic Hall of Fame – 2020
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Award – 2020
  • City of Winston-Salem Resolution for Service – 2019
  • Business Journal Movers and Shakers Award – 2009
  • North Carolina Counseling Association Supervisor of the Year – 2006
  • North Carolina School Counselor Association Supervisor of the Year – 2006
  • North Carolina Middle School Counselor of the Year – 1995

Professional Service (selected):

  • Ethics Chair, American School Counselor Association (1998-2000)
  • President, Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (1997-98)
  • President-Elect, President, Past President, North Carolina School Counselor Association (1996-98)
  • President-Elect, President, Past President, North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (1991-94)

Counseling Experience:

Extensive experience in K-12 education serving in a variety of roles including school counselor, lead middle school counselor, and K-12 district supervisor for school counseling. Counseling adolescents in a community based mental health center. Additional experience in college access programs targeting first-generation college students. Counselor educator (adjunct or full-time) at several universities including North Carolina A and T State University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the University of Virginia as coordinator of the middle/secondary school counseling program. Leadership roles in education include assistant superintendent, chief academic officer, deputy superintendent, and interim superintendent.

Teaching Experience:

  • University of Virginia, Coordinator Middle/Secondary School Counseling
  • Wake Forest University, Adjunct Professor—Cultures
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro, Adjunct Professor—Helping Relationships
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Adjunct Professor—Theories of Counseling

Certifications and Licensure:

  • School Counseling (North Carolina)

Professional Memberships (selected):

  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counselor Association
  • North Carolina School Counselor Association

Current Activities:

For the past 20 years involvement in a number of counseling, educational, and leadership activities. Integration of these disciplines has been primarily practice based.  The work has included program creation, development, assessment, and evaluation. Topics include alternative education, bullying, crisis intervention, personal safety, school discipline, school mental health, school reform, school transformation, social-emotional learning, and community based initiatives focused on improving educational outcomes for all students.

Going forward, I anticipate developing a writing agenda that delves into the targeted area of brief counseling in schools.

Personal:

Enjoy—time with family, travel, sports/basketball, music.