Photo caption: Department of Counseling and Psychological Services students Caroline Hinger, Michelle Aiello and Barbara Durán pose for a photo with Kenneth Rice, 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Mentoring Award.
story by Claire Miller
Jeff Ashby and Kenneth Rice, professors in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, are two of eight recipients of the College of Education & Human Development’s Faculty Awards for 2022.
The annual faculty awards celebrate excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the profession and community, and research and scholarship. Awardees have published extensively, mentored numerous educators and peers, secured significant grant funding, and represented Georgia State University and the college in school systems, community organizations and in their disciplines.
Ashby is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching, which recognizes a full-time faculty member in the college for outstanding achievement in the area of graduate teaching.
Ashby received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed psychologist (GA 002265) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP #5351). He does research in the areas of stress and trauma and cognitive structures (e.g., perfectionism). His additional interests include play therapy and adventure/experiential modalities of counseling. Ashby serves as co-director of the College of Education & Human Development’s Ken Matheny Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience.
Rice is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Mentoring Award, which recognizes a full-time faculty member who fulfills in an exemplary way the college’s commitment to providing mentoring in the conduct of research to faculty colleagues and doctoral students.
Rice holds the Ken and Mary Matheny Endowed Professorship in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and co-directs the college’s Ken Matheny Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience. Much of his research centers on stress and resilience. He has conducted studies addressing the ways in which personal characteristics (such as perfectionism), emotion regulation, and relational factors affect a variety of health, mental health, work, academic and treatment-related processes and outcomes. He has conducted studies aimed at developing or evaluating measures that can be used in schools, universities and health-related settings. Rice’s studies often focus on diverse and underrepresented groups and topics, such as sociodemographic factors that moderate stress associated with COVID-19, stress and coping among adult learners in literacy programs, psychosocial adjustment of international students in the U.S., personal and contextual factors that contribute to STEM student retention and academic performance, and psychometric comparisons of measures used in different countries. His research has been published in major journals, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, School Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Ashby and Rice were recognized with the other CEHD awardees at the college’s Faculty Awards Luncheon on March 31.
To learn more about the awards, visit https://education.gsu.edu/cehd-faculty-awards.