The College of Education and Communications congratulates
Matthew Nice on being elected the fifty-fourth president of the
Pennsylvania Counseling Association.
The PCA is a state branch of the American Counseling Association, which
promotes and supports the competent, ethical, and culturally inclusive practice
of professionals in the field of counseling.
Nice earned his PhD in counselor
education and supervision from Duquesne University and is currently an
assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania. His previous experience was as a visiting professor at
Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Nice has modeled his research around the topic of cultural
identity, emerging adulthood development, school counseling college knowledge,
and counselor wellness. He has also worked for several years as a professional
counselor in the Pittsburgh Schools. Nice was awarded the 2019 Richard Duncan
Student Memorial Resources Award for outstanding work in Duquesne’s counselor
education program as well as the 2020 Duquesne School of Education
Distinguished Graduate Student Award for excellence in leadership, service, and
education. His leadership promotes culturally inclusive practices that fosters
social justice and advocates for Pennsylvania’s marginalized populations.
Nice’s strengths and experience in counselor advocacy
will enhance the work of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. The
Department of Counseling is grateful to have Professor Nice as a member of the
faculty and believe his leadership skills will strengthen the counseling
profession in Pennsylvania.
Desmond, chairperson of the Department of Counseling, shared, “The Department
offers full support to Dr. Nice in his presidency and are privileged to have
him as a member of the faculty.”