Borgers, Sherry

Borgers, PhD
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Sherry Borgers
  • 1988: received the American Association for Counseling and Development Research Award
  • Extensive training in marriage and family therapy with some of the field’s top theorists
  • 1987-89: Chairperson for the Department of Counseling Psychology
  • Consulted over 17 times for her professional expertise
  • Received School of Education Teaching award

According to Thomas S. Krieshok, chapirperson of the Department of Counseling Psychology, Sherry Borgers "has consistently contributed to the university and to the profession of counseling by her solid teaching, steady scholarship, and service in the form of committee work and active participation in departmental life... her teacher ratings are always some of the highest in the department.  As for service, she is viewed by her colleagues in the School of Education as a valuable resource for committee work, both in the forms of dissertation and thesis committees and for the day-to-day business.  Within the department she offers a solid and reasoned voice during faculty meetings, and I can always count on her to give me a broad perspective on issues related to being chairperson of the department."

 Dr. Borgers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from North Texas State University.  She received her Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and her Doctor of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Houston.  She came to the University of Kansas in 1973 as an Assistant Professor, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976 and to Professor in 1982.  She served as Chairperson for the Department of Counseling Psychology from 1987 to 1989.

 Her background includes extensive training in marriage and family therapy with some of the top theorists in the field, such as Murray Bowen, Jay Haley, Cloe Madanes, Charles Whittaker, and Virginia Satir.

 In her professional career, Dr. Borgers has published more than 30 articles, has made 29 presentations, and has been consulted 17 times for her expertise.  She also has served on more than 20 committees, both at the departmental and the university levels.

In 1988 she received the American Association for Counseling and Development research award.  This award attests to the quality of her research and her overall contributions to the field of counseling psychology.  She was nominated for the School of Education Teaching Award in 1990.

 Her students speak very highly of her.  "She is a remarkable teacher.  Students in her classes gain subject matter competence - the kind that can only be gained by experiencing equality and being treated with respect," said one graduate student.  Another stated, "I have always found [her] to be a consistent source of support and guidance when discussing academic work, research, and future educational opportunities.  Overall, her teaching, supervision, and guidance have provided a terrific role model for professional development."

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