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Dr. Cheryl Wolf

Dr. Cheryl Wolf
- Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator, College and Career Readiness Certificate Program Co-Coordinator, Outreach and Development Coordinator, CSI Faculty Co-Advisor, NCE Exam Coordinator, Webmaster

Dr. Cheryl Pence Wolf joined Western Kentucky University an Assistant Professor in 2014. She teaches graduate-level counseling courses, serves as the Clinical Coordinator for student internship placements, Program Co-Coordinator of the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Certificate, and the Outreach & Development Coordinator for the department. She earned a B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Troy University; an M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Dr. Wolf is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR), and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt).

Dr. Wolf’s primary research interests include career development, wellness and self-care, and multicultural spirituality. She has led several quantitative and qualitative studies, funded grants, presentations, and publications related to college and career readiness, global career development, career meaning, academic job negotiation, counselor work settings and well-being, college student wellness, and needs of local refugees and the staff who serve them. She has given 38 scholarly presentations at state, regional, national, and international counseling association conferences including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Kentucky Counseling Association, and others; she has provided an additional 34 invited talks or local workshops.  In addition, she has published 5 national peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters, 18 other refereed publications, and several non-refereed publications, manuals, and websites. She received 16 funded grants related to her research. Her research and involvement with the community helped her co-create the new CCR Certificate program that began Fall 2017 and she developed the five courses included in that program.

She has served on the Executive Board of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) since 2015 and as a leader in Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling academic and professional honor society, at the local and international levels. In addition, she has actively served on committees with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Within the Bowling Green community, she has served as a steering committee and tactic team member with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce SCK LAUNCH program enhancing the college and career readiness of high school students. Additionally, she serves on the Service Academy Nomination Committees for both Senator Paul and Congressman Guthrie reviewing an ranking more than 50 competitive high school applications to four U.S. service academies. She also serves as an information/admissions counselor for the U.S. Naval Academy guiding and formally interviewing several candidates each year as they complete their admissions applications. Within WKU, she has served on additional college and university committees and served as a dissertation chair and committee member for several doctoral dissertations.

Dr. Wolf’s professional work experiences span nearly 25 years and have strengthened her passion for helping people find meaningful careers that are aligned with their values, provide a deep sense of satisfaction, and contribute to their overall personal wellness and work performance. From naval officer to counselor and professor, Dr. Wolf's professional career experiences span across military, government, public-sector, private-sector, and academic arenas. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, she served as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer, leading divisions of 40-45 naval personnel onboard naval ships where she was responsible for the daily operations, training, and management of all personnel in her deck, electronics, and fire control divisions. In addition to her full-time division officer responsibilities, on the USS Essex (LHD-2), she served as the Educational Services Officer, maximizing the educational opportunities for over 1,200 crewmembers. On the USS Yorktown (CG-48), she also served as the Public Affairs Officer for the Navy's first technologically-advanced "Smart Ship," giving presentations and tours to high-level officials and large public groups. She also served as the first and only female crew member for 3 months before another female officer joined the crew. In her final assignment, she served as the naval surface warfare liaison in a joint military command, coordinating all maritime units in joint integrated exercises, and providing training to more than 150 participants. This led to a follow on government assignment analyzing the interactions during the integrated exercises.

In addition to her military and government experiences, Dr. Wolf worked in human resources as an executive recruiter, serving as a consultant to city councils, boards of directors, and other high-level public officials on recruiting and selecting top executives for public-sector organizations. Furthermore, she served as a Financial Advisor with a Morgan Stanley, working with hundreds of clients and presenting workshops to individuals and large groups, helping them establish short and long-term financial goals that fit their values and lifestyle.

Pursuing the most meaningful aspects of her previous careers, she returned to school to complete her degrees in counseling. She worked with terminally-ill patients and families at Hospice; talked with clients, counseled at accident scenes and hospitals, and trained law enforcement as part of the team with the Alachua County Crisis Center; worked with hundreds of students as a career counselor in the University of Florida Career Resource Center; and supervised interns as the Co-Director of the Talley Family Counseling Center.

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