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April 27, 2006

American Counseling Association Gives Jepsen Extended Research Award

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has given David A. Jepsen, emeritus professor of counseling in the University of Iowa College of Education, its Extended Research Award, which recognizes an ACA member who has conducted high-quality research on issues of significance to the counseling profession over the course of at least 10 years.

Jepsen has authored nearly 40 refereed journal articles and 17 book chapters. His line of inquiry in career development has contributed substantially to the field's understanding of basic and advanced career development principles.

"He and his colleagues have produced basic research that has led to essential applications of these theories and models to the career development of children, teenagers and young adults," ACA officials said in announcing the award earlier this month at the ACA's annual conference in Montreal. "His research in the career field can be best viewed as a description of career development and career decision-making across the lifespan, both through synthesizing what has been learned and in conducting new empirical studies."

The ACA said Jepsen's results have enhanced the development of a generation of young and middle-aged adults, and his research has made its way into many career development texts and applications.

"His legacy of personal scholarship and influence on a new generation of scholars is impressive and unsurpassed," the ACA said.

Jepsen, who retired from the UI just this year, began his career in 1960 as a teacher-counselor with the Orange Township Community Schools in Waterloo, Iowa. He joined the UI as an assistant professor of counselor education in 1970, and in 1982 he was promoted to full professor. Except for a brief stint at the University of Maryland in 1992 and two other terms as a visiting instructor or scholar, Jepsen remained at the UI for 36 years.

He has published and edited widely, contributing to both peer-reviewed journals and books, including most recently three articles stemming from a 30-year longitudinal study. Those articles, all of which appeared in the journal Career Development Quarterly, include "General Job Satisfaction From A Developmental Perspective: Exploring Matches Between Earlier Choices And Current Jobs At Two Time Periods" (with Hung-Bin Sheu, 2003); "Continuity In Life-Span Career Development: Career Exploration As A Precursor To Career Establishment" (with Ginger Dickson, 2003); and "Stability And Change In 25-Year Occupational Career Patterns" (with Enakshi Choudhuri, 2001).

Jepsen holds a doctoral degree in counselor education, with minors in educational psychology and educational policy studies, as well as a master of science degree in counseling and guidance, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a bachelor of arts degree in physical education, with a minor in mathematics education, from the University of Northern Iowa.

Founded in 1952 and now headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the ACA is the world's largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 45,000 members.

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