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Career Development Research Area:

An individuals' journey through learning, work and other aspects of life

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Jennifer Bumble, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Bumble, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Missouri St. Louis. She received her doctorate in special education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her research and teaching focus on the transition from adolescence to adulthood, building social capital during the transition process, and empowering communities to become more aware of and responsive to the pressing needs of transition-age youth with disabilities.
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Mark Pope, Ed.D.
Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mark Pope, Ed.D. received his A.B. (Political Science and Sociology) and M.Ed. (Counseling and Personnel Services) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ed.D. (Counseling and Educational Psychology) from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Pope is a National Certified Counselor, Master Career Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. He is also licensed as a professional counselor and psychologist in Missouri and as a clinical psychologist in Illinois. Dr. Pope also was appointed by UM-System as a Curators' Distinguished Professor. Dr. Pope's primary area of interest and research is in multicultural career counseling, especia...
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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also a faculty lead in the English Education program. Her research interests include online support of beginning teachers, investigation of how teachers create and perceive their professional identities and philosophies, and mentoring teachers preparing for jobs in hard-to-staff schools.
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests include the development of teaching and research in counselor educators, career and college counseling for first-generation college students, qualitative research methods, and the development of school counselors.