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Department of Counseling 
Assistant Professor

Jordan Pearce, MA, NCC

A native of Galveston, Texas, Professor Pearce (they/them) is a new faculty member in the Department of Counseling. They are currently completing their doctorate in counselor education and supervision at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  As an educator, Professor Pearce values student engagement and empowerment and strives to create transformational spaces in the classroom with a teaching philosophy rooted in social justice.

Professor Pearce is a trained intimate partner violence interventionist and advocate and has previously worked with National Domestic Violence Hotline. They have also done work for the YWCA of Greater Austin (TX). Professor Pearce has taught several classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.


Professor Pearce is currently completing their PhD in Education with an emphasis in Counseling, Counselor Education, and Supervision at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Professor Pearce also holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.


  • COUN 508 Lifespan Development
  • COUN 562 Internship Seminar I


Professor Pearce's research interests include concerns related to the LGBTQ community, especially non-binary and gender expansive individuals. Within this domain, intimate partner violence and sexual assault within LGBTQ relationships is of particular interest. Professor Pearce also studies the impact of emotional labor demands on LGBTQ helper-educators. They are also interested in international impacts of counseling and the role cultural exchange and immersion can play in helper education.


  • American Counseling Association
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association
  • Virginia Counselors Association
  • Maryland Counseling Association
  • North Carolina Counseling Association
  • Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa


  • 2019 Research Grant, Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (American Counseling Association)