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Gerald Juhnke

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Dr. Gerald A. Juhnke is the Associate Dean for Academic Admininstration in the University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Graduate School, and Professor and the former founding Doctoral Program Director in UTSA's Department of Counseling. Jerry has authored, co-authored or edited 10 academic books, more than 45 refereed journal articles, 15 assessment instruments, and presented over 130 refereed conference presentations and 28 keynote addresses. Jerry is an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow and Past President of eight professional associations. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development which has a readership of more than 56,000. He is also the former Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling and former Co-Chair of the ACA's Council of Journal Editors. He has received numerous counseling and teaching awards including the ACA's David K. Brooks' Distinguished Mentor Award, the ACA's Ralph F. Berdie Research Award, the International Association for Addictions and Offender Counseling Addictions Educator Excellence Award, the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling Research Award, the North Carolina Counseling Association's Professional Writing and Research Award, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's (UNCG) School of Education's Teaching Excellence Award.

Jerry's clinical and research experiences span 30 years. His clinical experiences include crisis intervention and intensive in-home family therapy with families where one or more clients fulfilled a dual diagnosis that included both Substance Use Disorder and a personality disorder. While a doctoral student, Jerry's clinical marriage and family therapy skills were greatly enriched via three-and-a-half years of live clinical supervision and mentoring by internationally recognized family therapist and Family Systems/Family-of-Origin expert, Dr. Alan Hovestadt. Alan was the founder of Western Michigan University's Marriage and Family Therapy Program, served as department chair and College Dean, and is a former President of the 50,000 member American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a junior faculty member at UNCG, Jerry's research and scholarly writing skills were groomed and amplified via the wisdom and tutelage of Dr. Nicholas Vacc and Dr. L. DiAnne Borders. Jerry's passion for life-threatening behaviors intertwines suicide, bullying, violence, addictions, and trauma within a research agenda that includes assessment and marriage and family counseling. He is a former UNCG Professor and Clinic Director, a former Faculty Fellow for the North Carolina Governor's Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, a former Fellow for UNCG's Division on Youth Aggression and Violence, and a former faculty member for The Michigan Supreme Court's Judicial Institute. He has received more than $400,000 in external grant awards and has served as grant principal and co-principal investigator and consultant on numerous grants including co-prinicpal investigator of a grant addressing school violence in Washington, DC's District of Columbia School District's 15 most violent schools.

Prior to working as an academic and counselor, Jerry was Vice President of Just Fine Foods. There, he gained and demonstrated his financial management, budgeting, and organizational skills while serving an incredible team of more than 118 people who dedicated themselves to co-creating dining experiences of excellence for patrons at two family owned and operated restaurants and the events they catered. As Vice President of Just Fine Foods, President of eight professional associations, principal investigator and consultant on multiple grants, Chair of the UTSA's Faculty Grievance Committee, Chair of UNCG's Graduate Studies Council Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum, and Program Coordinator for both UNCG's Marriage and Family Counseling Educational Specialist Degree Track and Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling Educational Specialist Degree Track, Jerry's leadership, organizational and financial management, and fundraising acumen accelerated. He became adept at strategically identifying and capitalizing upon team strengths, and executing profitable business, association, and educational ventures these teams could accomplish better than competitors or other associations or institutions. Jerry's perceptions of leadership were greatly influenced by Dr. William Watson Purkey, the founder of Invitational Education Theory. From 1992 to 2004 and beyond, Dr. Purkey mentored Jerry, and the duo co-presented throughout the country and co-authored multiple papers on the use of Invitational Leadership.