Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award 2008-2009
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Ma. Teresa Tuason

Ma. Teresa Tuason
Psychology

Ma. Teresa Tuason is Associate Professor at the Psychology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she mostly teaches courses in Counseling Psychology. Being the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award is a delightful affirmation of her commitment to training future mental health counselors: that they learn how it is to embrace adversity in their lives and transform this into their potential in living healthy and fully, and to help others do the same. Her research includes counseling African Americans, Filipino Americans and sexual minorities and investigating specific countries’ concerns such as poverty’s psychological correlates and processes in the Philippines, and immigration to the United States. In her 6 years at UNF, she has advised 11 graduate student theses, served in 4 theses committees as second reader, published 7 articles with students as co-authors and made 17 conference presentations with students as collaborators.  Very much like her colleagues at UNF, she believes that teaching is the most sacred and wonderful privilege in being an agent of growth in students’ lives.