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Academy of Leaders: Edwin Herr
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Edwin HerrEdwin L. Herr

Distinguished Professor of Education
Departments of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Edwin L. Herr was Distinguished Professor of Education (Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology), Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Faculty Development and Interim Department Head for Adult Education, Instructional Systems, & Workforce Education and Development, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University. Until July 1, 1992, Herr served as Head of the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services Education or earlier department iterations for 24 years. During this time, he also served as University Director of Vocational Teacher Education and Director of the Center for Professional Personnel Development in Vocational Education and in 1998-99 as Interim Dean. He received his B.S. degree in Business Education from Shippensburg State College (1955) and his M.A. degree in Psychological Foundations, Professional Diploma in Coordination of Guidance Services, and Ed.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University (1959, 1961, and 1963, respectively), where he was an Alumni Fellow.

A former business teacher, school counselor, and director of guidance, Herr previously served as assistant and associate professor of counselor education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1963-66) and as the first director of the Bureaus of Guidance Services and the Bureau of Pupil Personnel Services, Pennsylvania Department of Education (1966-68). He has been a visiting professor, researcher or coordinator of international conferences in some 20 European universities as well as in Africa, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. In 1976, he served as Visiting Fellow, National Institute for Careers Education and Counseling, Cambridge, England. In 1979, he was selected to serve as a Research Fellow, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, at Sophia University, Tokyo from which he lectured at universities throughout Japan. In 1978 and 1981, he served respectively as an Asia Foundation Lecturer and as a Yoshida International Education Lecturer at Japanese universities. In 1989, he served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology, the University of British Columbia, Canada, and as the Landsdowne Scholar, University of Victoria, Canada.

Among his many professional awards, in 1984, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Swedish National Labor Market Board for his research and conceptual work in career development. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Eminent Career Award of the National Vocational Guidance Association for sustained national and international influence on theory, research, and practice in career behavior. In 1990, he received the Professional Development Award of the American Association for Counseling and Development for national and international scholarship and research on systems of counseling and the 50th Anniversary Professional Leadership Award of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for his scholarship and leadership in counselor preparation. For his scholarship and leadership in Vocational Education, he was chosen the Visiting Scholar of the University Council of Vocational Education for 1990-91. In 1993, he received a Government Relations Award for outstanding achievement in legislation and public policy from the National Employment Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association, and he was chosen the Distinguished Scholar for 1993 by Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. In 1995, Herr received the Career Achievement Award from the College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University. In 1996, he received a Special Presidential Award and Governing Council Resolution from the American Counseling Association for his Distinguished Commitment to the Counseling Profession and specifically for his "unique and important research and theoretical contributions." In 1998 Herr was selected one of the first four Overseas Fellows of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge, England. In 1999 he received the Leadership Award from Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and a Leadership in International Collaboration Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In 2000, he received the National Career Development Association President's Award and the stinguished Senior Contributor Award from the American Psychological Association; in 2001, he received the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award from The Pennsylvania State University. Herr has been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (Division 17, Counseling Psychology), the American Psychological Society, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology.

Herr was past president of the American Association for Counseling and Development, past president of the National Vocational Guidance Association, and past president of the Association for Counselor  Education and Supervision. He was President of Chi Sigma Iota (2000-2001). He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Round Table for the Advancement of Counseling (1976-84) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (1991-99). He was the
author or co-author of over 275 articles and book chapters and 31 books and monographs. His books include: Counseling in a Dynamic Society. Contexts and Practices for the 21st Century (2nd ed.), (1999); Work Force Education. The Basics (1998); Career Guidance and Counseling Through the Life Span: Systematic Approaches (5th ed.), (1996); Counseling Employment-Bound Youth (1995); Other Ways to Win (1995; 2nd ed., 2000); A Handbook for Career Centers in Colleges and Universities (1993); Counseling in a Dynamic Society: Opportunities and Challenges (1989); Controversies in the Mental Health Professions (1987); Counseling Youth for Employability (1983); Foundations for Policy in Guidance and Counseling (1981); Guidance and Counseling in the Schools: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future (1979); Foundations of Vocational Education (1978). He was the past Editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development (1993-96) and of Counselor Education and
Supervision (1971-74), and a member of several other Editorial Boards, including the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling.

Herr was a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified Career Counselor, and a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. He had a part-time practice in career counseling and he consulted widely in the United States and abroad with government agencies, schools, universities, and corporations. From 1952-1968, he served as an enlisted man and as an officer in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Air Force Reserve from which he received an Honorable Discharge as a Captain (USAF Res). He was a licensed pilot.

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