Jane E. Okech
The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has responsibility for all matters related to recruitment, development, evaluation, promotion, retention, recognition, and elevation of all UVM faculty.
Jane Okech, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision, and was named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Okech earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kenyatta University (Kenya), where she majored in Philosophy of Religion and History, and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the United States International University-Africa (Kenya). She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University (USA) in 2003. She was hired as a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Human Development and Family Science (then known as Integrated Professional Studies, and more recently, Leadership and Developmental Sciences) at UVM in 2003. She earned tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in May 2009, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of full professor in May 2017.
Dr. Okech has served UVM in multiple leadership capacities, including serving as the Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program [2003-2012; AY 2016; AY 2017], as Counseling Program Coordinator [2012-2015], as interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) [2015-2016], as Chair of the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences (DLDS) [2017-2021], and as the CESS Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs (2021-2022). Dr. Okech has also served her affiliated professional organizations in multiple capacities. She is the Editor-elect for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW) with her executive editorship taking effect on July 1, 2023.
Dr. Okech’s scholarship primarily focuses on the advancement of proficiencies in the practice of group psychotherapy and clinical supervision with diverse populations. She examines counseling micro skill and advanced skill acquisition processes, and their contributions to the development of complex relational dynamics that advance the efficacy of the therapeutic process in individual and group contexts. Dr. Okech also explores models of clinical supervision and the development of core supervision intervention proficiencies across various domains of clinical practice. Associated aspects of this scholarship foci is its intersection with counselor training, professional ethics, and standards of practice. As a faculty member at UVM, Dr. Okech has taught over 70 courses using multiple modalities, including in-person, hybrid, and online courses (asynchronously and synchronously), and engaged in high impact teaching practices with relatively positive peer and student evaluations. Her body of work has received professional accolades including recognition with the 2017 “Article of the Year” award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the 2019 “Counselor Education and Supervision Publication of the Year Award” by the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES). For more information about her scholarship and professional activities, visit her faculty web page on the College of Education and Social Services website.