Career Construction Institute Faculty | Kent State University

Career Construction Institute Faculty

The Institute Faculty are leading experts in career construction counseling and have published numerous articles and chapters on Life Designing Dialogues. Reading and audio-visual materials will be distributed before, during, and after the Institute.

Institute Organizers

Institute Faculty

Mark L. Savickas, Ph.D.
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Rich Feller, Ph.D. 
Colorado State University
Kevin Glavin, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
Paul Hartung. Ph.D
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Suzanne Savickas, M.F.A., M.Ed.
John Carroll University
William C. Briddick, Ph.D
South Dakota State University
Steven Antalvari, M.Ed.
Kent State University
Susan Barclay, Ph.D
University of Central Arkansas
  Brian Taber, PH.D
Oakland University
  Jacqueline Kus Ph.D
Regis University
  Jeanne Taylor
Private Practitioner
  Kevin B. Stolz Ph.D
University of New Mexico
  Marty Apodaca
University of New Mexico
  Tracy M. Lara-Hilton, Ph.D
Kent State University
  Patrick Jackson Ph.D
University of Wisconsin-Madison

J. Steven Antalvari, MA.Ed.
Director – Academic Engagement and Degree Completion
Kent State University

Steven Antalvari graduate from Purdue University with a degree in Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Supervision, followed by a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. In 2008, Steven joined Kent State University advising primarily Exploratory students. Promoted in 2011 to Assistant Director, he architected the Exploration Plan whose backbone is rooted in Life Design and Self Authorship. In 2013, he was promoted again, this time to University Advising Director. This position served to provide centralized oversight to the advising offices within the Kent State University system. During his tenure in this position, he has focused on training advisors and University community in embracing Career Construction and related narrative driving techniques into student interactions.

Susan Barclay, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Services and Administration
University of Central Arkansas

Susan R. Barclay is an assistant professor in the College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA) graduate program at the University of Central Arkansas. Research interests include student success, career transitions, and use of career construction techniques in multiple modalities. Susan is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), is certified in general mediation, and holds certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) instructor.


William C. Briddick, Ph. D

William C. Briddick is currently an Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Development teaching in the Counseling and Human Resource Development program at South Dakota State University. His publications have focused on career counseling, career assessment, and the history of counseling including career counseling. He has been involved in ACA and NCDA. He is the founder of the Historical Issues in Counseling Network within ACA. He has a background in counseling and student affairs and currently teaches career counseling and planning, developmental issues in counseling, and courses related to introduction to counseling and ethics within the CHRD program at SDSU. During the 2013-2014 academic year Dr. Briddick spent his sabbatical as a faculty member for Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Richard Feller, Ph.D

Rich Feller Ph.D is one of Colorado State University’s twelve University Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and Past President, Fellow, and Eminent Career Award recipient of the National Career Development Association. A Thought Leader for AARP’s lifereimagined.org, Chief Scientist for YouScience.com, and co-owner of Valerproductions.com and OneLifeTools.com . He leads Rich Feller & Associates and has consulted within all 50 US States and on six continents.


Kevin Glavin, Ph.D

Dr. Kevin Glavin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Master’s in Business Information Technology Systems, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics. Dr. Glavin specializes in Career Counseling, Research in Counseling, and the Integration of Technology and Counseling. He has taught for several universities and government institutions, including Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine, Australian Catholic University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and NASA. He is a former president of the Ohio Career Development Association, and currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Employment Counseling. Dr. Glavin has published in several ACA journals and delivered numerous workshops and presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Glavin’s current program of research examines the use of storytelling techniques to help individuals explore and engage in Life Designing for Career Construction.

Jacqueline Kus, Ph.D

Dr. Jacqueline Kus is the Associate Director of Leadership at Regis University. She has over 10 years of experience working in higher education. Having served primarily residential students in both the public and private sector, Jacqueline has a strong commitment to student-learning in and out of the classroom. She has participated on numbers of professional university-wide committees, search committees, and strategic planning teams and teaches two courses at Regis College—one of the five respective colleges making up Regis University. As a former college student-athlete, she has been committed to furthering her understanding and knowledge of the student-athlete experience. Her research interests have been focused primarily around identity development and transition out of sports, but currently finds great interest in career development and career counseling. Her recently published dissertation research utilized the career construction interview with Division III female student-athletes and the ways their major choices are confirmed or challenged by their own defined life story. Jacqueline has presented at local and regional conferences on various topics ranging from supervision to implementation of structured training and development plans for students and professional staff. She focuses her research pursuits around student-athletes in the area of career development.


Paul Hartung, Ph.D

Paul J. Hartung, Ph.D. is Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Professor of Counseling, the University of Akron. He is current editor of The Career Development Quarterly and fellow of the American Psychological Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, and National Career Development Association.

Mark L. Savickas, Ph.D

Mark Savickas continues to serve, since 1975, as Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at Kent State University. He also serves as Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Visiting Professor in the Institute for Employment Research at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Previously he served terms as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Organizational Behaviour in the School of Business at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom (2007-20013); Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at Vrije University in Belgium (2005-2008); and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Lisbon in Portugal (1994). His 100 articles, 45 book chapters, and 500 presentations to professional groups have dealt with vocational behavior and career counseling.
He received the John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research (1994) and the Leona Tyler Award for Lifetime Achievement in Counseling Psychology (2011) from the Society for Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 1996, he received the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Contributions Award from the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling. He is a fellow of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the National Career Development Association. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).


Suzanne Savickas, M.F.A. and M.Ed.

Suzanne Savickas earned an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University. She is a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Human Development Services at Kent State University. Suzanne works as a career counselor and instructor of career development courses at John Carroll University. In addition, Suzanne co-instructs graduate Career Counseling courses at John Carroll University and Youngstown State University. Suzanne has published articles on career construction counseling as well as presented papers on the topic at national conferences. She holds a license in professional counseling and is a certified rehabilitation counselor.

Brian J. Taber, Ph. D

Brian J. Taber, Associate Professor and coordinator of the Advanced Career Counseling Specialization in the Department of Counseling at Oakland University. He earned his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University. His scholarship interests are in the areas of vocational assessment, career development, and career counseling. He has served as a trustee on the board of directors for the National Career Development Association. He currently serves on the editorial boards of The Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Employment Counseling, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.


Jeanne Taylor
Private Practitioner
Ph.D Candidate - Kent State University

Jeanne Taylor earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Akron with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997. Since 2002, she has served as adjunct faculty and clinical supervisor in the counseling programs at the University of Akron, Kent State University, and John Carroll University. In addition, she is an experienced practitioner of Life Design Counseling for Career Construction and has used life design discourse to address the career concerns of a diverse clientele. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at Kent State University and works in private practice.

Kevin B. Stoltz, Ph. D
Assistant Professor, Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education
University of New Mexico

Kevin B. Stoltz, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education at the University of New Mexico. He is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. His research interests include, psychometric methods in counseling, career assessment with early recollections, career transition, and the integration of career and mental health counseling. Kevin has published in national and international journals regarding, career techniques used in counselor supervision, career transition, applications of motivational interviewing in career counseling, and Adlerian constructs used in career counseling. He served as Chair of the Mentoring Committee and Research Committee for National Career Development Association. Currently, he is co-editing a new edition of a guide for career assessment with NCDA. He has provided invited editorial service to the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Clinical Supervisor, and British Journal of Guidance and Counseling. Additionally, he serves on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Individual Psychology, and the Lifespan Journal.


Marty Apodaca
Career Develop Facilitator II
University of New Mexico

Marty Apodaca is a Career Development Facilitator 2 at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Office of Career Services. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and carries a devotion to Career Counseling and Supervision. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and previously earned his MA in Counseling from UNM. Marty is responsible for the training and supervision of master level interns at Career Services. Marty was a past president of the New Mexico Career Development Association and an active member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), American Counseling Association, and New Mexico Counseling Association. He is currently representing New Mexico and UNM as a member of the NCDA Leadership Academy class of 2017

Tracy M. Lara Hilton, Ph.d
Associate Professor, Foundation, Leadership and Administration
Kent State University

Tracy M. Lara Hilton, PhD earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Idaho State University in 2004. She is a licensed professional counselor and a trained distance career counselor. Her credentials included Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner certification through the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). As an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University she has collaborated with KSU Undergraduate Studies and the Career Services Center to provide a course assisting undergraduates in their career exploration, decision making, and development. The course based on career construction theory and the Career Construction Interview has been translated into three languages and offered internationally. Dr. Lara Hilton chaired the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision/National Career Development Association Commission for the Preparation of Counselors for the 21st Century from 2006 - 2012. She also served on the NCDA Publications Committee from 2012-2017. She serves on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Employment Counseling. She has published and presented widely on career development in higher education and training career development professionals.


Patrick Jackson, Ph.d
Program Director, Leadership and Management

Dr. Patrick Jackson is currently a Program Director for Leadership and Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. He was instrumental in the development and teaching of the Career Construction course and Career & Life Plan course (based on Chaos Theory) at Kent State University for students struggling with career decisions. The curriculum for both courses were featured presentations at NCDA and ACPA national conferences. After Kent State University, he was an Associate Director for the African American Male Learning Community and Multicultural Programming at the University of Akron. Using the career construction method, he was instrumental in aiding a diverse group of students in the learning community and a caseload of over 200 first and second year college students to discover their preoccupations and progress towards fulfilling careers. In his current role at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he directs a variety of professional development training, including a Workplace Coaching Certificate and Human Resources Management Certificate. He has a variety of professional experiences in both higher education and the corporate sector, developing and implementing employee and student programs, serving as a faculty member for career and student transition courses, and chairing several strategic campus-wide committees. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University, a M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.S. in Human Resources Management from Purdue University, and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Akron.