Rebecca A Schumacher

Assistant Professor

Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Preparation of School Counselors and Professional Development
Use of Group Work in Schools                                                                                                                                             

Supervision for School Counselors




Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education.
Concentration: School Counseling.
The University of Maine, Orono, ME

Dissertation: The Use of Group Work in the Integrative Curriculum Model: A Case Study.


Post-Graduate Study in Education.
Concentration: School Counseling and School Administration.                                                                                      

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT                                                                                                                                    


Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Counseling.

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling.
Major: School Counseling.
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT


Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education.
Major: Elementary.
Specialization: Multicultural Education.       

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                                                                                                                     



Dr. Schumacher worked in public education as an elementary teacher in Indiana, and professional school counselor and district level administrator in Connecticut before earning her Ed.D. in Counselor Education, specializing in School Counseling, at the University of Maine. Her public education experiences have been devoted to working with urban and underserved populations. Previously on faculty with the SOAR Program, she recently served on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston before returning to UNF as full time faculty.

Her primary areas of interest in research and teaching include group work in schools, preparation of school counselors, and supervision of practicing school counselors. She has presented and trained throughout the country, primarily on group work for school counselors. Her recent publications include subjects of school counseling mentoring and supervision, group work for school counselors, and service learning for urban school counselor preparation. She currently is President of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (a division of the American Counseling Association), and President-Elect of the Florida School Counselors Association. In addition to her work in school counseling, she thoroughly enjoys family time with her husband Pete, Hawkeye (the cat), and Greta (the dog). Additionally, gardening and cheering for her favorite teams are additional favorites. She has often been characterized as an “over the top” fan, extremely devoted and passionate about Indiana University and Butler University basketball, and the Boston Red Sox.



School Counselor Educator Coalition Fellow of the National Center for Transforming School Counseling, The Education Trust. Selected June 2012.


President's Award, Association for Specialist in Group Work, Awarded at the American Counseling Association National Convention, Montreal, Quebec April 2006.


American School Counselor Association
Association for Specialists in Group Work

American Counseling Association
Florida School Counselor Association

Phi Delta Kappa

Ph Lambda Theta

First Coast Counseling Association


Grants and Contracts Awarded

ACA Grant for ACA Summer Institute for Leadership Training,

(amount - $700.00) July 27-30, 2011, Alexandria, VA.


2004-2005 Project Leader for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. (GEAR UP Grant Initiative, $87,480). University of North Florida in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL.


1999-2005 Co-Project Leader for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for


Publications & Presentations


Wilczenski, F.L., Schumacher, R.A., & Cook, A. (2010). School counseling principles:
    Mentoring and supervising. Alexandria, VA: American School Counselor Association.


Invited Presentations:

Schumacher, R.A. (2012, August and September) . Professional Development: Relevancy of the Florida School     Counselor Association. Duval County Public Schools, School Counselors Inservice.


Schumacher, R.A. (2012, February and March). Strategic Planning: Future of ASGW. Facilitate planning with the Executive Board and members at the 2012 Association of Specialists in Group Work


Schumacher, R.A. (2009, March). Gaining Support for Group Work in Schools in the Age of
Accountability ASGW Sponsored Program, 2009 American Counseling Association National Convention, Charlotte, NC.


Schumacher, R.A. (2012) Access to Students – A Challenge? Creating a Culture for Group Work in
Schools. 2012 Association for Specialists in Group Work National Conference, Albuquerque, NM.


Schumacher, R.A. (2012) With a Little Help from Neuroscience: Implications of Brain Research for
Group Work in Schools. 2012 Association for Specialists in Group Work National Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

SchumacherContact Information

Building 57, Room 3432

(904) 620-1546

Office Hours

Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, or appointment