Dr. Suzanne Dugger is a lifelong counselor and counselor educator whose career – to
date – has spanned the past 33 years. For 31 of these years, she has worked as a counselor
educator dedicated to preparing students at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral
level with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to thrive as counselors
and – at the doctoral level – counselor educators. Her clinical experience includes
5 years an elementary school counselor, 3 years as a college counselor, and 7 years
in private practice. These varied experiences have informed her work as a counselor
educator, allowing her to tailor assignments and examples to students in different
In addition to serving her clients and students, Dr. Dugger’s career has been marked by service to the profession of counseling. She is currently serving a 5-year term on the CACREP board of directors, a role which precludes other professional leadership roles. Prior to this, her service contributions have focused on the American Counseling Association – which she considers her professional home – and have included leadership roles at the state, regional, and national level.
At the state level, Dr. Dugger served the Michigan Counseling Association as journal editor; as president of the Michigan Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; as human rights chair and then post-secondary vice president for the Michigan School Counselor Association; and as president-elect, president, and past president for the Michigan Counseling Association. Under her leadership, the Michigan Counseling Association received numerous national awards from the American Counseling Association, including Best Leadership Development Program, Best Member Service, Best Membership Recruitment Campaign, and Best Journal. Also at the state level, Dr. Dugger served for 4 years on the Michigan licensure board for professional counselors.
At the regional level, Dr. Dugger served for 4 years on the executive board of the ACA Midwest Region. A pinnacle experience in her career, Dr. Dugger represented the ACA Midwest Region as a delegate on the ACA 2020 Task Force, a group of national leaders charged with the responsibility of developing a vision for the future of the counseling profession. Also at the national level, Dr. Dugger has served on the ACA Branch Development Task Force and as chair of the ACA Human Rights Committee. At the national level, she maintains active membership in American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
As she looks toward the final decade of her career, Dr. Dugger intends to continue serving the profession of counseling at the national level while also serving Florida Gulf Coast University and local southwest Florida community. As professor and chair of the FGCU Department of Counseling, Dr. Dugger continues to teach while also managing the department, supporting the faculty, collaborating with community partners, and leading curriculum and program development.
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