Dr. Denise K. Sommers is an Assistant Professor in the Social Service Administration Concentration within the department of Human Services.
Denise earned her doctorate of education in counselor education from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis. Her dissertation was entitled The Use of Service Learning to Enhance Multicultural Counseling Competencies. Denise earned her bachelor’s degree in human growth and development from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign and her master’s degree in rehabilitation from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Along with her academic accomplishments she brings 25 years of counseling, supervisory, and administrative experience to the HMS Program. She has extensive professional experience with for-profits, non-profits, and state government organizations. She has actively served on various agency and community boards in St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL. She is a member of the National Organization of Human Services. Her monograph chapter about service learning was published in the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) Monograph in 2011. She joined the UIS faculty in August 2007. Prior to 2007, she taught for a total of two years as adjunct faculty at UIS and UMSL.
Denise’s research interests include the development of online pedagogy, the use of service learning to enhance administrative, management, and supervisory competencies, and the development of organizational diversity competencies. Denise has presented at several regional and national academic conferences on the use of service learning to enhance diversity and management-related competencies. Prior to joining the UIS faculty, Denise did public speaking in the areas of addiction, mental health, rehabilitation, and GLBTQ issues.
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