Meet Marjorie Shavers

Dec 18, 2013

Marjorie ShaversMarjorie came to Heidelberg from Morehead State University in Kentucky. She earned her bachelors in psychology, masters in counseling, and Ph.D. in counselor education all from Ohio State University.

With her clinical and school counselor licenses, she makes a great addition to Heidelberg’s graduate counseling program. Marjorie herself is happy to join a CACREP accredited program (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs). “Being at a CACREP school changes the requirements,” she said. “I can have higher expectations.”

She is also happy about the size of the program. “At a smaller school you get to know people better.” “Though I’m still new I already feel connected,” she said.

Marjorie teaches Clinical Internships, Marriage and Family Counseling, Research in Counseling, and Organization and Administration of School Counseling. The majority of her students are non-traditional and work full-time creating a different classroom dynamic. “These students already know how to think. Most of them are already working so they have more questions from real experiences,” she said.  

Teaching at the graduate level also changes what Marjorie is able to do in a classroom. “My job is to help with the application of book knowledge to a work setting,” she said. “Grad students take more leadership in the classroom. It’s more about facilitating discussion than lecturing.”

Her personal research topics include how social media has changed the field of counseling and the psychological and mental health of African American women. She is able to share her experiences and interests with students. “It’s refreshing to see their excitement and passion,” she said. “I get to see how new counselors are approaching the field and have my own ideas challenged.”

Marjorie is looking forward to getting involved on campus, perhaps with the undergrad psychology honorary and Women’s Leadership Initiative. “There is a connectedness among faculty and a real feeling of community,” she said. “I’m excited to be here.”

When she’s not teaching: Marjorie enjoys biking, reading, blogging, and scrapbooking.