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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

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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, Department Chair of Leadership and Counselor Education, and Coordinator of Educational Research and Design in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. Rick is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; past-president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling; and former editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. Rick began practice as a professional counselor in 1993 and has worked in academe since 2003. Rick has over 100 publications, which include textbooks 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. He has published in the areas of religious diversity and forgiveness and developed a model and measure for working through issues of forgiveness and conflict. He is the author of Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing, published by Oxford University Press.


Counselor Education
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (2003)

Committee Memberships

Curr & Policy Committee - Sch of Educ
Other Kind of Committee
Curr. & Inst - Revision of Comp. Exams
Other Kind of Committee
Dean's Leadership Team - Sch of Educ
Other Kind of Committee
SOE-Faculty Performance and Development
Ad Hoc Committee


School of Education Researcher of the Year