Joanne Jodry, Ed.D., D.M.H., assistant professor in the department of Professional Counseling, was recently awarded the Association of Spirituality and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) 2020-2021 National Meritorious Service Award. Jodry specializes in spirituality in counseling, and has been active in planning the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Monmouth University in the coming fall 2021 semester.
“I am very grateful and humbled that ASERVIC has recognized Monmouth University and our counseling and spirituality specialty area in the Mental Health Counseling program as a unique opportunity that allows students to explore ways of healing through service,” Jodry said.
Jodry was nominated by Megan Delaney, Ph.D., LPC, assistant professor in the department of Professional Counseling. “Joanne is a beloved faculty member and so instrumental to the education and development of our students,” Delaney said.
The ASERVIC National Meritorious Service award is given to someone who has demonstrated significant service to the field of counseling and values in areas related to concerns of a spiritual and/or humanitarian nature, as well as someone who promotes the ideals, values, and programs of ASERVIC.
In her time at Monmouth, Jodry has developed the spirituality specialty within the Professional Counseling program, designing and teaching courses that offer service opportunities and explore counseling in the areas of world religions, spirituality, and wellness. Jodry has also spearheaded an annual program that takes graduate students to India, where they broaden their understanding of multicultural differences and enhance their multicultural competence while exploring India and working with a local non-profit orphanage, One Life to Love.