Recipient of Woman of Distinction 2014 Award
Stacia Robertson, Ph.D., CRC., Associate Professor
Dr. Stacia L. Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation Counselor Training program at the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University (2003) and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1995). Prior to joining the SIUC faculty, Dr. Robertson worked in the field of rehabilitation and counseling, for over 10 years. She also worked in the areas of substance abuse, personal/emotional counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and independent living. During her doctoral work, Dr. Robertson was the recipient of college and national research grants. As an Assistant Professor Dr. Robertson was the recipient of both the Rehabilitation Institute and the College of Education and Human Services Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Robertson serves as the President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), January 2009 - December 2010. In this capacity she served as a guest editor on special topics issue in the Rehabilitation Education Journal. The special topics issue, entitled Diversity in Rehabilitation Education: History, Relevance and Recommendations focused on those issues facing Rehabilitation Educators in training individuals to work with diverse populations. Dr. Robertson's research interests include rehabilitation counselor training and development, diversity issues, and vocational rehabilitation. Dr. Robertson is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has served on the Board of Directors for both local and national organizations.
Woman of Distinction 2014 Award news release
Stacia L. Robertson, an associate professor in the rehabilitation counseling and administration program at the Rehabilitation Institute, is praised by her colleagues and former students for her work as a teacher and mentor.
Carl R. Flowers, professor and institute director, writes that Robertson’s impact is not only within the institute and the College of Education and Human Services, but also with multicultural rehabilitation issues both campus-wide and nationally.
Flowers also notes that Robertson is a high achiever in research, collaborating with colleagues for two long-term traineeship grants that have provided funding for more than 30 masters- and doctoral-level students.
Robertson joined SIU as an instructor in the Rehabilitation Institute in 2002, and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. Her honors include Rehabilitation Educator of the Year in 2011-12 by the National Council in Rehabilitation Education, the College of Education and Human Services Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2008-09, and Rehabilitation Institute Teacher of the Year for 2007-08. On a national level, Robertson is the immediate past president of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, serving as president from 2009 to 2011. She served as coordinator of SIU’s rehabilitation services program from 2012 to 2013. Her work also includes serving as board president of the Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living and as a member of the Carbondale branch of the NAACP education committee.
Brenda Cartwright, a professor at Winston-Salem State University, writes of Robertson’s “visionary leadership, unselfish service and professional commitment to promoting equity and excellence in the field of rehabilitation counseling.” Several students praise Robertson’s teaching philosophy and her desire to challenge themselves in their efforts to become the best counselors they can.
“Dr. Robertson is an exceptional teacher who kindles a desire to learn,” writes Ann Melvin, a 2011 rehabilitation institute doctoral graduate who is now an assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield. “She challenges us to think outside the box and to challenge traditional norms that can inhibit change. She required us to become involved in the community to learn about different cultures, and she models this approach by being actively involved in the community and with the university.”
Robertson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois State University in 1988; her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995, and her doctorate in counseling psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2003.
Robertson will receive a certificate, a $1,250 award and a $1,000 professional award.