Ursula Whitehead, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for School Counseling

EDUCATION:

B.S. in Science Education from The University of Southern Mississippi

M.Ed. in School Counseling from The University of Southern Mississippi

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Bailey, T., Whitehead, U., & Labat, M.B., (In Progress). A Comparison of School Counselor and Principals Perceptions of School Counseling Duties and Responsibilities.

Labat, M. B., Whitehead, U., & Labat, C. (2012).  Is School Culture The X Factor in Teacher Retention?: What administrators must do to retain effective teachers. Journal of Teaching, Learning, and Research in Educational Leadership.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS: 

Whitehead, U., & Moak, M. (2013). Group counseling with at-risk seniors: A strategy for success. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Whitehead, U., & Jakacki, P. (2013). Does anyone understand me? Counseling needs of the gifted. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Whitehead, U., & Labat, M. (2012). School counselors and principals working together to promote student success. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Krieger, J., Labat, M., & Whitehead, U. (2012). Transitioning from old to new ELCC standard:  A comparison of 2001 and 2011 standards and tips for compliance. Online paper presentation at the annual international conference of the American Institute of Higher Education, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Labat, M., Whitehead, U., & Labat, C. (2012).  Is school culture the X factor in

teacher retention? What administrators must do to retain effective teachers. Paper presentation at the annual international conference of the Allied Academies International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roberson, T., & Whitehead, U. (2012). Building teams and redesigning higher education curriculum. Online paper presentation at the annual international conference of the American Institute of Higher Education, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bowles, S., Gadson, N., & Whitehead, U. (2010). Teacher professionalism:  What makes a good role model. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bowles, S., & Whitehead, U. (2009). A proposal for living, loving, and learning literacy in the classroom and at home. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Mississippi Reading Association, Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:

Professional Affiliations

  • Mississippi Counseling Association (MCA) Member
  • Mississippi Licensed Professional Counseling Association (MLPA) Member
  • American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Member  

Service

  • Mississippi Department of Education School Counseling Strike Force (2013)
  • Post-Secondary Vice President of Mississippi School Counseling Association (2012-2013)
  • Transforming School Counseling and College Interest Network (2011-2012)
  • University Assessment Council (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Professional Education Council (2012, 2013)
  • Initiated the Gwen Hitt School Counseling Scholarship (2012)
  • Highland Hospital Advisory Board 2013
  • Highland Community Hospital WE C.A.R.E Committee 2011, 2012
  • Pearl River County United:  Prevention before Intervention Board Member 2011
  • Picayune School District Title I Committee Member 2011
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee Activities Coordinator 2008 – 2013

 

HONORS & AWARDS:

  • University Assessment Committee Award of Commendation for School Counseling (2012, 2013)
  • Hampton S. Williams Faculty Award (2013)
  • Picayune Junior High Parent of the Year 2012
  • Picayune School District Parent of the Year Nominee 2012