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Michael Graham, MA

Training & Qualitative Specialist

Michael is currently in the process of completing his dissertation in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado. He specializes in Applied Research and Statistical Methods and Gerontology. Michael holds a master's degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as advanced certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to his master's degree, Michael earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling from the University of Great Falls. For the last five years, he has been actively involved in progressing knowledge and skill acquisition for students in transition from high school to college, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom. Michael has a strong academic record of disseminating advanced knowledge at local, state, and national conferences. Michael's research interests include Cross-Cultural Kindness, Moral Development, Reflective Based Pedagogy, Self-Efficacy Development of Educators, Peer-Mentoring, and Utilizing Metaphor and Creativity in Educational Settings. Michael is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and has experience working with diverse populations across the life-span, severe mental disorders, crisis interventions, and suicide prevention community outreach.

 

More About Michael

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

August 2015 - present

Instructor of Record, UNIV 101, University of Northern Colorado


January 2017 - May 2017

Teaching Assistant, APCE 662: Group Dynamics and Facilitation, University of Northern Colorado

January 2016 - May 2016

Teaching Assistant, APCE 695: Contemporary Issues in Couples and Family Therapy, University of Northern Colorado


February 2014

Lecturer, Suicide Intervention and Trauma Prevention Training, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology: School Counseling Track, University of Nevada, Reno


September 2013

Lecturer, Suicide Intervention and Trauma Prevention Training, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology: School Counseling Track, University of Nevada, Reno

FUNDED GRANTS

Burke, K., & Graham, M. The Lived Experiences of Nurse Practitioners Treatment of Psychological Pain. Funding period 2/2019 to 12/2019, $3552, Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Northern Colorado.


Graham, M., Hauck, A., Vaughan, A. L., & Persutte-Manning, S. Full Scale Implementation of Class Leaders within FYS. Funding period 7/2019 to 6/2020, $1500, Assessment Mini-Grant, University of Northern Colorado.


Burke, K., & Graham, M. The Lived Experiences of Nurse Practitioners Treatment of Psychological Pain. Funding period 9/2018 to 12/2018, $1224, Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Northern Colorado.


Graham, M., Vaughan, A. L., & Manson, J. L. Class Leaders and FYS Students’ Perceptions of Course Value – Part 2. Funding period 7/2017 to 6/2018, $1500, Assessment Mini-Grant, University of Northern Colorado.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

October 2019

Proposal Reviewer, First Year Experience National Conference, Washington, DC (February 2020)


October 2019 - present

Committee Member, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Search Committee, University of Northern Colorado


April 2019

Emerging Scholars Research Judge, University Research Day, University of Northern Colorado


October 2018

Proposal Reviewer, First Year Experience National Conference, Las Vegas, NV (February 2019)


August 2018 - present

Undergraduate Research Advisor, Kinzy Burke’s Honors Thesis

The Lived Experiences of Nurse Practitioners Treatment of Psychological Pain.

University of Northern Colorado


February, 2014 - March, 2015                       

Volunteer Group Counselor, Quest Counseling and Consulting, Inc., Reno, NV

  • Co-facilitate anger management groups for adolescents with substance abuse.

  • Co-facilitated prison re-entry group for individuals transitioning from prison back into society.


October 2013             

Volunteer Counselor, Trauma Prevention and Crisis Intervention

Sparks Middle School, Sparks, NV

  • Preformed trauma prevention and crisis intervention work with faculty and students in the days following a school shooting.

 

Student Testimonials

 

"The fact that he genuinely cares about every single one of us. That shows too when he teaches. He wants to make sure we get it, he wants to make sure we succeed. I felt incredibly connected with him and the rest of the class by the end of the semester and felt inspired to come to class, genuinely if just not to disappoint Michael. He explained everything he does, even if he's a little cryptic. For example, I was skeptical of the way he had the class set up and all but now I understand why we do it."

Fall 2018

"Michael changed the way students think and changed the way a typical classroom setting is set-up. Michael made the classroom very fun and made it to a point where everybody got along with one another and changed the game of teaching. Professors like Michael are what we need more of it in college settings."

Spring 2019

“I would highly recommend this instructor to other students and would even tell people to take the course just to have Mr. Graham as an instructor and to experience his teaching style. He created a safe learning and growing space for all of us in the classroom. By sharing his life experiences and constantly encouraging us, he made it easy to connect with him and my classmates. He truly cares about his students success in and out of the classroom and is always reading and willing to help them whether its for his class or another. People say you only have a handful of teachers that impact your life and are really good at their jobs. I would definitely say Mr. Graham is one of those teacher I will never forget.”

Fall 2017

 

Professional Experience

Class Leader Program Coordinator

August 2017 - January 2020

Class Leader Program Coordinator, UNIV 101, University of Northern Colorado

  • The UNIV 101 Class Leaders program is a scholarship and leadership opportunity. Class Leaders are key to boosting freshman student success and growth by promoting commitment to the mastery of course material and by providing academic and social support to students. Class Leaders are selected from a competitive pool of former University 101 students. They attend a University 101 class throughout the semester, plan functions and help freshman students with their transition to UNC.  The program serves approximately 500 entering freshmen.

    • Program contributed to significantly higher achievement for all students including first-generation students (as high as 0.4 GPA increase and 10% retention difference to the second year).

  • Developed recruitment and interview protocols, comprehensive training program for both instructors and Class Leaders, and implementation processes for the program.

  • Worked collaboratively with UNIV 101 department staff to conduct mixed-methods research and program evaluation on effectiveness of the program.

  • Conducted all hiring processes including interviews, selecting candidates, and determining effective pairings with UNIV 101 instructors.

  • Conducted bi-weekly Class Leader staff meetings to provide mentorship and community building.

  • Coordinated with other departments on campus to advertise events for students to attend for outside of the classroom with Class Leaders to enhance sense of belonging. 

Lead Instructor

August 2017 - Present

Lead Instructor, UNIV 101, University of Northern Colorado

  • Work collaboratively with program director, Dr. Angela Vaughan, on programmatic improvements and research to advance program development.

    • Analyses include mixed-methods, quantitative, and qualitative methodologies. Participated on all research processes including research design, IRB processes, data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation, and preparing conference proposals.

  • Mentor and collaborate with other instructors on UNIV 101 staff, including first-time, novice instructors.

    • Program includes 23 – 25 course sections serving approximately 500 entering freshmen with 15+ instructors.

    • Graduation rates are as much as 20% higher for our most at-risk student populations (conditionally admitted first-generation students).

  • Participated in all hiring processes for new instructors including reviewing applications, conducting interviews, and selecting candidates.

  • Helped develop and deliver comprehensive instructor training to include setting expectations, student-centered pedagogy, assessment, and classroom management.

  • Create, develop, and enhance interdisciplinary relationships across university campus to further improve student support and sense of belonging for UNIV 101 students.

  • Participated in New Student Orientation activities each summer to recruit and inform incoming freshmen of the program’s opportunities.

Mental Health Therapist, LPC

April 2016 - July 2019

Mental Health Therapist, Crisis Response Center, North Range Behavioral Health, Greeley, CO

  • Work with client population that include suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, severe psychosis, and low socioeconomic.

  • Conduct psychological assessments in-person, mobile in the community, and additional support through phone conversations.

  • Work collaboratively with law enforcement and mental health agencies to promote safety within the community at large.

Instructor of Record

August 2015 - Present

Instructor of Record, UNIV 101, University of Northern Colorado

  • UNIV 101 is a research-based academic first-year seminar program.  The purpose of this course is to foster the successful transition of first-year students from high school to UNC.  This course introduces theoretical models and the application of these models to help build the foundation for continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development.  With a broad focus on reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills and competencies, this course helps students become independent, strategic learners who can contribute to the university as scholars and who can determine and construct their own futures.

    • Curriculum includes a research paper and a required poster presentation to the university community at the end of the semester.

  • UNIV 101 serves a significant number of at-risk student populations. This includes 40% who are students of color, 50% who are first-generation students as well as conditionally admitted students.

  • Worked collaboratively with other instructors on programmatic development to better assist students inside and outside the classroom.

  • Worked collaboratively with other departments on campus to expand support and allocation of resources for students.

Research Assistant

January 2016 - May 2016

Research Assistant, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado

  • Completed an IRB proposal on Internationalization of Counseling.

  • Qualitative analysis on teaching evaluations for teaching award.

  • Constructed survey instrument on Multicultural Educators using Qualtrics.

Camp Counselor

Summer 2014 and 2015

Camp Counselor, Camplotsafun, Amplify Life Inc., Reno, NV

  • Lived with campers with intellectual disabilities and helped prepare themselves for daily activities of interacting with other campers; including cleaning, preparing meals, and dressing themselves. 

  • Helped organized and orchestrate camping activities.

  • Worked with campers that had diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. 

Research and Administrative Assistant

August 2013 - December 2015

Research and Administrative Assistant, Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Conducted public relation and community outreach development plans.

  • Collaborated with other institutions to develop alternative ways to promote more success with advertising the College of Education to prospective students.

Data Analysis Assistant, Secondary Education: Linguistics, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Conducted qualitative analysis on educational grammar development for middle school students and teacher training programs.

Research Assistant, Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Gathered literature on Native American Suicide Prevention.

  • Conducted quantitative analysis using SPSS on teacher preparedness and development.

Research Assistant, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Created survey instrument for teacher preparedness and professional development.

  • Presented findings to the Washoe County School District.

Teaching Assistant, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Helped grade assignments and provide feedback to students.

  • Provided technical assistance to developing online component to class instruction.

Data Analysis Assistant, Elementary Education: Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Helped analyze quantitative and qualitative data for STEM development for mathematics instruction in the state of Nevada.

 

Publications

BOOK CHAPTER

Vaughan, A. L., Wilkinson, B. D., & Graham, M. (2019). Understanding and experiencing diversity: An introduction. In Vaughan, A. L. & Wilkinson, B. D. Educational Psychology for Learners: Connecting Theory, Research, and Application, 2nd ed. (pp. 285 - 307). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.


JURIED PUBLICATIONS

Persutte-Manning, S. L., Graham, M., Manson, J. L., Pergantis, S. I., & Vaughan, A. L. (2020). Enhancing student outcomes: peer mentors and student transitions. (Under Review with Journal of First Year Experience and Student Transition).

Graham, M., & Vaughan, A. L., (2020). An adapted self-determination measure and college first year achievement. (Under Review with International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, submitted 1/22/20).

Moore, S., Dorn, B., Graham, M., & Vaughan, A. L. Quasi-experimental design: Examining effects of University 101 on student long-term persistence. (In Progress – Revising Manuscript).

Graham, M., Hauck, A., Martell, J. L., Pickenpaugh, E. N., & Vaughan, A. L. Comprehensive assessment of a peer mentor program for first-year students. (In Progress – Completing Manuscript).

Graham, M., Hauck, A., & Vaughan, A. L. Graduate students’ lived experiences as first-time instructors of record. (In Progress – Completing Manuscript).

Graham, M. Kindness in counselor education and supervision. (In Progress – Completing Manuscript).

Graham, M. Kindness: a professional identity model for counselor education and supervision. (In Progress – Revising Manuscript).

Matheson, D. W., Graham, M., Manson, J. L., Cormier, S. R. A narrative exploration of counseling faculty and self-efficacy across roles. (In Progress – Completing Manuscript).

Graham, M., & Smith, J. A. Nuclear Holocaust. (In Progress – Revising Experiential Activity)

 
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Presentations

JURIED NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS


Graham, M., Hauck, A., Martell, J. L., Pickenpaugh, E. N., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2020). Comprehensive assessment of a peer mentor program for first-year students. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Washington, D.C.

Hauck, A., Graham, M., Pickenpaugh, E. N., Martell, J. L., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2020). Reflective writing and FYS: Promoting critical thinking and metacognition. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Washington, D.C.

Wayne, I., Martell, J. L., Graham, M., Hauck, A., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2020). Using challenge to promote engagement: Strategies for any classroom. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Washington, D.C.

Hauck, A., Graham, M., Pickenpaugh, E. N., Wayne, I., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2020). FYS instructor of record professional development and pedagogy training. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Washington, D.C.

Pickenpaugh, E. N., Wayne, I., Hauck, A., Graham, M., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2020). Strategies for creating an atmosphere of belonging in the classroom. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Washington, D.C.

Moore, S., M., Dorn, B., Graham, M., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2019).  Four-year persistence and first-year seminar: A quasi-experimental design. Paper presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Persutte-Manning, S. L., Manson, J. L., Graham, M., Pergantis, S. I., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2019). Three-year development, analysis and implementation of a peer mentor program. Paper presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Graham, M. & Ward, C. (June, 2018). Kindness: The Impact on Counselor, Counselor Educator, and Supervisor Relationships. Paper presented at the Association for Humanistic Counseling. St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moore, S. M., Graham, M., & Vaughan, A. L. (February, 2018). Student self-selection into FYS: Why or why not? Paper presented at the annual meeting on the First Year Experience. San Antonio, TX.

Hauck, A., Pergantis, S. I., & Graham, M. (October, 2017). Qualitative interpretative meta-synthesis: Implications for counseling research. Paper presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Chicago, Illinois.


STATE AND REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS


Graham, M., Hauck, A., Martell, J. L., Pickenpaugh, E. N., Persutte-Manning, S., & Vaughan, A. L. (March, 2020). Comprehensive assessment of a peer mentor program for first-year students. Poster to be presented at University of Northern Colorado’s annual Teaching and Assessment Symposium, Greeley, CO.

Matheson, D. W., Graham, M., Manson, J. L., Cormier, S. R. (April, 2018). A narrative exploration of counseling faculty and self-efficacy across roles. Presented at the Graduate Student Research Night at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.

Persutte-Manning, S. L., Manson, J. L., Graham, M., Pergantis, S. I., & Vaughan, A. L. (March, 2018). Class leaders and FYS students’ perception of course value – Part 2. Presented at University of Northern Colorado’s Assessment Fair, Greeley, CO.

Moore, S., Dorn, B., Graham, M. (April, 2017). Examining effects of University 101 on student persistence. Presented at Graduate Student Research Night at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.

Ward, C. & Graham, M. (April, 2016). Death with dignity: Implication for mental health professionals. Presented at the Colorado Counseling Association, Denver, Colorado.

Graham, M. (November, 2015). Memory formation. Presented at the University of Northern Colorado.

Graham, M. (October, 2015). Memory formation. Presented at the University of Northern Colorado.

Graham, M. (April, 2014). Career development: School to work transition of school counselors. Presented at Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada.

 

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