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Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is the New Director of the Holmes Scholar Program


I am delighted to introduce to you our new Director of the Holmes Scholar Program, Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott. We are confident that her experience, research focus, and dedication to our vision make her the ideal candidate to lead this important program.

The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies' Holmes Scholar Program, operating under the auspices of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), plays a pivotal role in supporting doctoral students from historically underrepresented backgrounds as they prepare for future roles as scholars and educators. It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott to guide this program.

Throughout her career, she has consistently integrated diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) principles across her scholarship, teaching, service, and administration, with a particular focus on education equity, systemic change, and advocacy.

Dr. Goodman-Scott is a faculty member in the Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. Her contributions to doctoral education are substantial, as she teaches courses at the PhD level and has served on numerous dissertation committees, mentoring and guiding emerging scholars. Her commitment to the college and her impressive track record are evident in the various leadership roles she has held, including Assistant Chair, Graduate Program Director, and School Counseling Program Coordinator. In these roles, she has championed efforts to analyze student data, identify systemic barriers, and implement changes to promote equity. Her advocacy has also led to a more equitable admissions process for our counseling graduate program.

Her national recognition as a robust scholar is exemplified by her status as a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. At the national and state levels, Dr. Goodman-Scott has taken on significant roles in various DEIA committees, including leading the first Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling Antiracist Committee. Notably, she designed and co-facilitates a program akin to the Holmes Scholar Program through the American School Counselor Association to support emerging scholars and promote diversity in school counseling faculty, further showcasing her commitment to promoting diversity within academia.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the other applicants who demonstrated a passion for the success of the Holmes Scholar Program and its student participants. These individuals include Dr. Angela Eckhoff, Dr. Steve Myran, Dr. Shana Pribesh, and Dr. Cindy Tomovic. They have each expressed a willingness to serve as mentors and supporters of the program moving forward.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott on her new role. I encourage each of you to support her efforts and actively participate, finding meaningful ways to contribute to our collective commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies.

Warm regards,

Tammi Dice

Dean, Darden College of Education and Professional Studies

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