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The Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development (Tech Center) was established to assist practitioners, researchers, software developers, and policy makers in improving the design and use of information technology in counseling and career development. The Center also assists practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in improving the cost-effectiveness of career services. Our Web site expands this mission to include serving individuals and students interested in career development and information technology.

Dissertation Fellowship Awards

Career Center - Tech Center

Purpose, Funding and Goals


Purpose

The Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development (Tech Center) was established in 1986 to assist practitioners, researchers, software developers, and policy makers in improving the design and use of information technology applications in counseling and career development. The Center also assists practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in improving the cost-effectiveness of career service delivery. The work of the center is institutional, state, national, and international in focus.

Funding and Organization

As a research center in the State university system, all funding must be generated from outside the institution, with the exception of funds for office space and minimum operating costs which are provided by the FSU Career Center. The center, which is physically located within the FSU Career Center, is organizationally a unit of both the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in the College of Education and the Career Center in the Division of Student Affairs.

Goals and Populations Served

Research

  1. Conduct original research on the impact of information technology in counseling and development on individual users and on institutions for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of counseling and guidance services.
  2. Disseminate bibliographies and technical reports to persons conducting research related to the use of information technology in counseling and career development for the purpose of contributing the quality of research completed on this topic.
  3. Conduct theory-based research and development activities to improve the effectiveness of career service delivery.

Service

  1. Conduct in-service training for various counseling professionals via workshops, seminars, and symposia sponsored by professional associations, institutions and agencies.
  2. Provide practitioners, researchers, software developers, and policy makers with ready access to information technology to facilitate the evaluation process.
  3. Provide professional associations with input on ethical, service delivery, and training standards related to the use of information technology in counseling and career development.
  4. Provide system developers with data and recommendations regarding the optimum design and use of information technology in counseling and career development.

Teaching

  1. Provide students in graduate level counseling courses in the university with instructional materials and access to up-to-date information technology necessary to integrate theory and practice related to the use of technology in counseling and career development.
  2. Provide faculty and staff in the university access to instructional materials and information technology necessary to facilitate multidisciplinary teaching and research efforts.
  3. Provide graduate students in counseling and higher education in the university with instructional materials on improving the cost-effectiveness of career service delivery.

Staff

Co-Directors

Senior Research Associates

Research Associates

Librarian

  • Ms. Sarah Pearson (2014- present)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Barwick (2012-2014)
  • Ms. Natalie Jean (2011-2012)
  • Ms. Brianna Frank (2009-2011)
  • Ms. Susan Epstein (1994 - 2009)
  • Ms. Carol A. Chenoweth (1988 - 1993)