Sampson named fellow of American Counseling Association

James Sampson

A Florida State University researcher whose research focuses on career development and computer applications in counseling has received a major honor from his peers.

James Sampson, the associate dean for faculty development and Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Counseling and Career Development in Florida State’s Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, has been named a fellow by the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Recipients of this honor are ACA members of professional distinction who have been recognized for significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and have made important contributions to the counseling profession. Sampson will be formally honored this weekend at the ACA annual convention in Charlotte, N.C.

"I am very honored to be named a fellow, especially given the respect I have for the professionals who have been named in the past," Sampson said. "It is also very meaningful to have been nominated by my esteemed colleagues in the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (a division of the American Counseling Association), who have made such important contributions to our field."

Sampson has been a faculty member at Florida State since 1982 and has served as co-director of the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development, a research center established at the university to improve the design and use of computer applications in counseling and guidance, since 1986. His research focuses on the appropriate use of computer technology in counseling and on the use of cognitive strategies in the design and delivery of career counseling and guidance services.

Sampson is a frequent presenter and consultant in both the United States and Europe and has worked on the design and implementation of career services systems in North Carolina, Oklahoma, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Finland.

"This prestigious honor further solidifies the valuable contributions Jim Sampson has made to The Florida State University, the College of Education and the field of counseling and career development," said Marcy P. Driscoll, dean of the College of Education. "His work has had tremendous impact on the lives of students and professionals across the nation and the world."

The American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 42,000 members.

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