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Nancy Bodenhorn

Associate Professor


Dr. Nancy Bodenhorn is an associate professor of education specializing in Counselor Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Michigan State University after a 20 year career as a teacher and Professional School Counselor in Michigan, Illinois, California, Brussels Belgium, Bangkok Thailand, North Carolina, and Kuwait. She has authored or coauthored over 30 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. She has also greatly contributed to the field by presenting at many state, regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Bodenhorn has served as the Associate Director of Academic Programs for the VT School of Education since 2012. In this position she and her staff oversee the academic progress of SOE graduate students through admissions, coursework, exams, student teaching, and graduation. Dr. Bodenhorn is the point person for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Graduate School. 

In addition to administration, teaching and research, Dr. Bodenhorn also engages in professional service activities. She is the Principal Investigator for a Clinical Faculty Grant project funded through the VDOE that supports cooperation among nine local school districts and five universities to sustain teacher development. She served as a content specialist for school counseling and gender equity for an NSF funded project to develop increased opportunities and avenues for young women to enter Information Technology careers in Appalachian areas. She has also conducted diversity training for Roanoke Head Start teaching staff and served on an evaluation team for Roanoke City Schools Youth Courts. Dr. Bodenhorn has received honors and awards in recognition of her exemplary contributions, such as the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Along with her colleagues in the Virginia Tech Counselor Education program, she received the Outstanding Program Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


Ph.D.  Counselor Education, Michigan State University, 2001

M.Ed.  Counseling, Duke University, 1981

B.S.  Home Economics Education, Purdue University, 1977

While serving as Associate Director for Academic Programs, Dr. Bodenhorn has limited teaching responsibilities (one course per year). Recent courses taught include:

EDCO 6404 Advanced Counseling Theories and Multicultural Implications

EDCO 5214 Theories of Counseling and Consultation

EDCO 5224 Counseling Techniques

EDCO 5244 Counseling Diverse Populations

EDCO 5254 Career Development and Information Services

EDCO 5284 Practicum: Counselor Education

EDCO 5364 School Counseling

Dr. Bodenhorn’s research interests include clinical preparation as preparation for doctoral programs in Counselor Education, as well as school counselor professional development, role definition, ethics and self-efficacy, and international school counseling.

Selected Publications: 

(Note: *indicates a current or former student as co-author)

Sackett, C. R.*, Hartig, N., Bodenhorn, N., Farmer, L.B.*, Ghoston, M.R.*, Graham, J.*, & Lile, J.* (2015). Advising master’s students pursuing doctoral study: A survey of the counselor education and supervision field. The Professional Counselor, 5(4), 473-485. doi: 10.15241/crs.5.4.473.

Alexander, Q. R.* & Bodenhorn, N. (2015). My rock: Black women attending graduate school at a southern predominately white university. Journal of College Counseling, 18(3), 259-274.

Bodenhorn, N., Hartig, N., Ghoston, M.*, Graham, J.*, Lile, J.*, Sackett, C. R.*, and Farmer, L. B.* (2014). Counselor Education Faculty Positions: Requirements and Preferences in CESNET Announcements 2005-2009. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 6(1),

Bodenhorn, N., Wolfe, E. W., & Airen, O.* (2010). School counselor program choice and self-efficacy: Relationship to achievement gap and equity. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 165-175.

Bodenhorn, N. & Lawson, G. (2010). Making meaning with memorials. In J. Webber & J. B. Mascari (Eds.) Terrorism, Trauma, and Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing and Responding (3rd ed.) (pp. 79 - 82). American Counseling Association Foundation, Alexandria, VA.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Bodenhorn, N. & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). Counseling in the schools. In R. Sommers-Flanagan & J. Sommers-Flanagan, Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations (pp. 235-262). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Bodenhorn, N. (2006). Exploratory study of common and challenging ethical dilemmas experienced by school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 10(2), 195-202.

Skaggs, G. & Bodenhorn. N. (2006). Relationships between character education, student behavior, and student achievement. Journal of Advanced Academics, 18(1), 82-115.

Manis, A. A.* & Bodenhorn, N. (2006). Preparation for counseling adults with terminal illness: Personal and professional parallels. Journal of Values and Counseling, 50(3), 197-207.

Bodenhorn, N., Jackson, A. D.* & Farrell, R.* (2006). Increasing personal cultural awareness through discussions with international students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 17(1), 63-68.

Bodenhorn, N. & Starkey, D. (2005). Beyond Role-Playing: Increasing Counselor Empathy through Theatre Exercises. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1(2), 17-27.

Bodenhorn, N. & Skaggs, G. (2005). Development of School Counseling Self-Efficacy Scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 38(1), 14-28.

Bodenhorn, N. (2005). Counseling Global Nomads and Foreign Exchange Students in U.S. schools. Journal of School Counseling, 3(1).

    Nancy Bodenhorn

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