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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

Faculty Profile

Richard Scott Balkin

Leadership & Counselor Education
Department Chair and Professor of Counselor Education
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120 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7069
Joined UM: August 17, 2017

Brief Bio

Rick Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a Professor and Assistant Department Chair in Leadership and Counselor Education, and the Coordinator for Educational Research and Design at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Balkin is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association, current editor for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, past editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association, and past president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling. Dr. Balkin began practice as a professional counselor in 1993 and has worked in academe since 2003. Dr. Balkin has over 90 publications, which include text books on assessment in counseling, research, and the counseling relationship, published tests and technical manuals, peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His counseling experience with at-risk youth was formative to his research agenda, which includes understanding the role of counseling and relevant goals for adolescents in crisis and counseling outcomes. This led to numerous published articles and one published measure through Mindgarden (Crisis Stabilization Scale) related to assessing and counseling at-risk youth. He co-authored a measure on life balance for adults and adolescents. He has published in the area of religious diversity and forgiveness and developed a model and measure for counseling clients through issues of forgiveness and conflict. He is the author of Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing.


Counselor Education
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (2003)

Committee Memberships

Dean's Leadership Team - Sch of Educ
Other Kind of Committee
Grad Asst Parental Leave Policy Wrkg Grp
Ad Hoc Committee
SOE-Faculty Performance and Development
Ad Hoc Committee


School of Education Researcher of the Year