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Dr. Alan Burkard named WSCA Mary Gehrke-McAllister Leadership Award Recipient

April 26, 2022

Dr. Alan Burkard, professor and chair of counselor education and counseling psychology, was awarded the 2022 Wisconsin School Counselor Association’s Mary Gehrke-McAllister Leadership Award.

This award spotlights counselors and other key professionals who have delivered exceptional leadership to the school counseling profession in Wisconsin. He was officially recognized in November 2021 at the Wisconsin School Counselor Association’s Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

Dr. Burkard has been a leader in school counseling on many levels and is currently the school counseling program coordinator at Marquette. He guides and supports students in their academic journey as they shape their identity and style as school counselors. He also helps them connect with professionals in the community by bringing in other leaders in the field to speak with his students.

In addition to supporting students, Dr. Burkard is also a prodigious researcher. This research stems from his work with African-American and Latino children in New York. He has a particular interest in cross-cultural concerns and has been exploring how various subjects such as racial identity and the American School Counselor Association National Model impact children. His work has been published in top-tier journals and publications including the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Counseling Psychology Quarterly and Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. Dr. Burkard has also served as both the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and American School Counselor Association president during his career.

If you would like to learn from some of the foremost experts in the school counseling profession like Dr. Burkard, consider how the online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Marquette can help you build the foundation to meet the growing need for counselors.