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Faculty Profile

Richard Cleveland

Richard Cleveland

Accreditation Assistant

Phone: 206-281-2384
Office: Peterson Hall 404

Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1999; MEd, Seattle Pacific University, 2005. At SPU since 2010.

While a school counselor, Richard became involved with coordinating and leading district-wide initiatives, school counselor in-service trainings, and serving with the crisis response teams. In 2008, Richard was awarded Washington School Counselor Association’s (WSCA) School Counselor of the Year Award. In 2009, Richard was elected President-Elect of WSCA. Since 2010, Richard has served as an instructor in the school counseling masters program at Seattle Pacific University while completing his doctoral degree.

Presentations include: school counselor in-service trainings in various districts, workshop sessions at both state and national levels, invited speaker for King5 Television’s series "Thrive by Five: Learning for Life," radio interview on KUOW’s "The Conversation," and keynotes for educational events. In 2010, Richard addressed school counselors from around the world at the American School Counselor Association’s 2010 National Conference, introducing legendary school counseling pioneer Dr. Norm Gysbers.

Richard’s doctoral research interests are exploring the positive psychology constructs of mindfulness and mattering and their connections to school counseling. Additional interests include school counseling/technology infusion, data-driven comprehensive school counseling, school counselors as leaders, student spirituality, and students with emotional behavioral disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Cleveland, R.E. (2008). "Surprised to Lead." ASCA School Counselor, 45(6), 56-59.
  • Sink, C.A., Stern, J., & Cleveland, R. E. (2007). "Spiritual Formation in Christian School Counseling Programs." Journal of Research on Christian Education, 16, 35-63.
  • Cleveland, R.E. (2003). "Implications of Embracing Social Justice." CSJ Activist, 4 (2).

Why I Teach at SPU

Richard Cleveland, Instructor of Counselor Education

"I teach at SPU because here we actively pursue faith and spirituality integrating this into our disciplines. Rather than fearfully turning a blind eye to the hurts and needs of students in public education, we openly discuss, practice, and implement methods to engage student spirituality in a professional and ethical manner. For me this resonates with vocation, calling, and living out the gospel with an other-focused perspective."