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Sophie Maxis, PhD - Assistant Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management

     Sophie Maxis, PhD is an assistant professor of School Counseling in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management within the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Maxis completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education - School Counseling and Guidance at University of Florida, Gainesville in 2011. She earned the M.Ed. and Ed.S. in School Counseling and Guidance from University of Florida and a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama. For her doctoral research, she examined the relationship between school counselor self-efficacy beliefs about their general practice at urban, underperforming high schools and the rate of Black males’ high school completion.


    Professionally, Dr. Maxis has served as a secondary math teacher, a high school counselor, and with a university-school partnership that supported the ways in which first-generation college-bound students access resources to enter and successfully complete college. Her current work as a counselor educator is embedded in local schools, and emphasizes the culturally responsive ways in which professional school counselors engage school communities for the best interests of students. Among Dr. Maxis’ research areas are diversity in higher education, college access issues for first-generation students, and culturally relevant practices within the context of school counselor preparation and the development of school counselor self-efficacy for graduate trainees.  She integrates culture-centered pedagogies and community-centered approaches in her research frameworks and teaching practices.


    Dr. Maxis has participated in the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) efforts such as orientations and training for an Engaged Departmental grant and has participated in campus-wide rating sessions for CBTL artifacts. Additionally, she regularly teaches a CBTL-revised internship course, Practicum in School Counseling. She integrates community-centered pedagogies in graduate level courses such as field experiences, Theories of Counseling and Counseling Children and Adolescents. Dr. Maxis’ 2015 Community Scholar’s project is a peer reviewed presentation of a working paper that was accepted for the 2015 Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), to be presented in Fall 2015.