Counseling and Human Services Faculty Member Receives National Honors


Melissa LukeMelissa Luke, associate professor of counseling and human services and coordinator of school counseling in the School of Education, has been recognized with two honors, adding to an impressive portfolio of recent professional accomplishments.

Luke has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award. Named for Thomas J. Sweeney, founder of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators, this award recognizes and honors persons who through their vision, leadership and concern for others have strengthened, expanded and enhanced the counseling profession at local, state, national and international levels.

Luke will be presented with the award during the CSI Delegate Business Meeting in at the 2017 ACA Conference in San Francisco, California.

Luke is also the recipient of the 2016-2017 Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) Mentor Award. This award is presented to an individual identified for his or her significant contribution to mentorship in the ALGBTIC community and persons with the LGBTQQIA community.

School of Education Dean Joanna Masingila says, “Dr. Luke is a highly valued member of the School of Education, the University and her professional communities because of her exemplary research, engaging teaching and outstanding service. She is truly a gem!”

Luke has been recognized for her research, teaching and service to the profession at the University, nationally and internationally.

In 2016 she, with Kris Goodrich ’09, Ph.D., co-authored the book “Group Counseling with LGBTQI Persons,” which received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s (ACES) Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award.

She is currently serving a three–year term in the Professional Trustee position for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (AGLBTIC). In this position, Luke spearheads a research, scholarship and grants initiative for the association.

Luke has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented nationally and internationally. In addition to being a celebrated scholar, she has received accolades for her teaching and mentoring from her department, Syracuse University and professional organizations.

Luke also serves the School of Education, Syracuse University and the field of counselor education through active service on many committees, organization and editorial boards.