Pruitt earns her doctorate at Adams State University
ALAMOSA, CO. (June 28, 2022) – Nacogdoches native, Amanda Pruitt received her doctorate in counselor education and supervision during the Adams State University 2022 spring commencement ceremony.
Pruitt’s professional career has included community practice, and faculty and administrative positions in higher education. During her time at Adams State University, in Colorado, she transitioned into private practice and now operates her own group practice supervising and mentoring students and new graduates, as well as serving her community.
Pruitt chose to pursue an online doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Adams State because of the excitement and engagement the faculty expressed when she visited the campus for the first time. She wanted a doctoral experience which would include developing relationships and mentorships between faculty and students, as well as one that would appreciate her unique qualities. “I wanted a doctoral experience which would include developing relationships and mentorships between faculty and students, as well as one that would appreciate my unique qualities. I found this experience at Adams and it set the foundation for my doctoral education.”
As a first-generation college student, and one that started college with a GED, a doctoral degree was something Pruitt never truly imagined she could achieve. “The greatest thing that Adams State gave me was the opportunity to prove to myself that I could obtain an education to the greatest extent possible in my field despite my humble educational beginnings, despite a pandemic, despite disability, and despite motherhood. In fact, these characteristics were seen, appreciated, and supported by Adams State.”
This experience changed Pruitt’s family’s life, giving her the “boulders to throw at my glass ceiling.”
Pruitt will add to her growing list of publications focused on practice and academic experiences, including: “Suck it up, Buttercup:” Status silencing and the maintenance of toxic masculinity in academia” and “Collaborative documentation for behavioral healthcare providers: An emerging practice.” She will draw from her dissertation, “Counselor educators’ online teaching self-efficacy and their beliefs about student competency in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic” to not only pursue publications, but also to expand this specific research.
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