Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week
The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Laura Welfare, associate professor of Counselor Education, for her excellent demonstration of engaged teaching through modeling, supporting, and encouraging professional development in every class.
Dr. Welfare teaches masters and doctoral level courses each semester (e.g., Group Counseling, Diagnosis in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctoral Internship, Doctoral Advanced Practicum) and enjoys working with her outstanding students. Dr. Welfare designs her instruction for these courses to include individual reflection, group discussion, and interactive exercises to keep students engaged. Dr. Welfare appreciates that each of her students brings their best to the classroom; she finds that both she and her students benefit from learning together.
Dr. Welfare goes above and beyond to promote professional, ethical, and personal growth of Counseling Education students. She facilitates an open format for doctoral students to support one another and values students’ opinions as colleagues while helping to further develop their individual growth. Dr. Welfare values the input from each of her students and embodies mutuality with her students; she promotes an environment that fosters active engagement, a safe environment to openly express differing opinions, and overall acceptance.
Dr. Welfare is currently responsible for overseeing admissions for the Counselor Education Program, exemplifying her expertise and trusted judgment with regards to goodness of fit for a counselor education program. She is a trusted member of the select Counselor Education staff, demonstrating her value as a leading expert in the field. Dr. Welfare is known by her students to always be a support and to "cheer them on" for their successes."
In the spring of 2012, Dr. Welfare was awarded the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.