• Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ed.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


  • Counseling Practicum
  • Clinical Mental Health Capstone
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Internship
  • Process of Counseling Supervision
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Service


Shawn L. Spurgeon, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education in the Counseling and Human Services Department at St. Mary’s University, where he currently serves as Chair. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education in 2002 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research publications include articles on African American male development and Professor Counselor identity development, and he has completed over 50 presentations at national and regional conferences.

Spurgeon was a member of the American Counseling Association’s 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force and served as Chair of the ACA Ethics committee for six years. He is a Past-President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES). He served as a Board Member for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and is the inaugural recipient of the Cortland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award.

Spurgeon previously worked as a mental health counselor in a family services agency, a private practice and a community mental health center. He is currently Licensed as a Professional Counselor in North Carolina (LPC), Tennessee (LPC-MHSP) and Texas (LPC).

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Counseling Association, Class of 2020
  • Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Community Service and Engagement, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2020
  • Fellow, Southeastern Conference (SEC) American Leadership Development Program, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2019 – 2020
  • Counselor Educator Advocacy Award – American Counseling Association, 2018
  • Vivian L. Haun Excellence in Service Award, Project GRAD Summer Institute, 2017
  • Alumni Excellence Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2017
  • Susan Hammonds-White Leadership Award, Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, 2015
  • Dean’s Service Award, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015
  • Chancellor’s Honors Award, Excellence in Teaching, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009

Licensures and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor #87383, November 2021 (Texas)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider Designation #2409, August 2009 (Tennessee)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor #ACS00543, July 2006
  • Licensed Professional Counselor #3717, January 2000 (North Carolina)
  • National Certified Counselor #55257, April 1999
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