Dr. Suzanne Dugger is a lifelong counselor and counselor educator. For more than 30
years, she has worked as a counselor educator dedicated to preparing students at the
master’s, specialist, and doctoral level with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions
they need to thrive as counselors and – at the doctoral level – counselor educators.
Her clinical experience includes 5 years an elementary school counselor, 3 years as
a college counselor, and 7 years in private practice. These varied experiences have
informed her work as a counselor educator, allowing her to tailor assignments and
examples to students in different specialization tracks.
In addition to serving her clients and students, Dr. Dugger’s career has been marked
by service to the profession of counseling at the state, regional and national levels.
In 2021, Dr. Dugger was honored to be named a Fellow in the American Counseling Association
in recognition of the service, advocacy, and scholarly contributions she has made
to the profession of counseling. Currently, she serves as on the Florida Counseling
Association’s Public Policy and Legislation committee. Dr. Dugger is also chair of
the CACREP Advocacy and Marketing Council.
Dr. Dugger’s scholarship includes publication of 2 books, 17 journal articles, and
15 book chapters. She has also served as a journal editor, special issue co-editor,
and on two editorial boards. Currently, she is hard at work on the second edition
of her text Foundations of Career Counseling: A Case Based Approach, publication of
which is anticipated for 2024.
As an instructor, Dr. Dugger has taught 39 different courses across 4 institutions,
has fully developed 9 new courses and two post-master’s certificate programs, and
has been recognized by universities with awards for innovative teaching and outstanding
As she looks toward the final decade of her career, Dr. Dugger intends to continue
serving the profession of counseling at the state and national levels while also serving
Florida Gulf Coast University and local southwest Florida community. As professor
and chair of the FGCU Department of Counseling, Dr. Dugger continues to teach while
also managing the department, supporting the faculty, collaborating with community
partners, and leading curriculum and program development.