hero image
Richard Cleveland - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Richard Cleveland

Assistant Professor | Georgia Southern University


Richard Cleveland's research is focused in school counseling outcome research, quantitative research methods and factor analysis.






loading image





Dr. Richard Cleveland is an Assistant Professor in teh department of Leadership, Technology & Human Development. Dr. Cleveland's research interests are focused in assessment, school counseling outcome research, student/client spirituality, and mindfulness.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Stress Response

Student/Client Spirituality


School Counseling Outcome Research


Accomplishments (5)

Nominee, Jack Miller Service Award. College of Education, Georgia Southern University


SoTL Research Fellow. Awarded by Centers for Teaching & Technology, Georgia Southern University

2015 - 2016

Award of Excellence for Academic Assessment Program Report, MEd Counselor Education Concentration in School Counseling Program

2014 - 2015

Outstanding Past President Award. Awarded by Washington School Counselor Association


Outstanding Educator Award. Awarded by Woodside Elementary PTA


Education (3)

Seattle Pacific University: Ph.D., Counselor Education 2013

Seattle Pacific University: M.Ed., School Counseling 2005

Seattle Pacific University: B.A., Mathematics 1999

Affiliations (5)

  • American School Counselor Association
  • Georgia School Counselor Association
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical. and Religious Values in Counseling

Articles (5)

School Counselors, Multiple Student Deaths, and Grief: A Narrative Inquiry

Journal of Counseling & Development

Hannon, M. D., Mohabir, R., Cleveland, R. E., & Hunt, B.

2019 A team of 5 school counselors were interviewed to learn how they professionally and personally experienced the deaths of multiple students in 1 year in their school while attending to the needs of the school community. By using narrative inquiry, 5 themes emerged from the analysis: gravity of the losses, logistics of care, personal vs. professional conflicts, increased student cohesion, and efficacy. Recommendations for counselor preparation, research, and counseling practice are offered.

view more

Extending Tobin’s mindfulness in education

Cultural Studies of Science Education

Cleveland, R. E.

2018 A special issue of Learning: Research and Practice dedicated to mindfulness is summarized with the assertion that the contributions illustrate a perspective for successful mindfulness scholarship. Specifically, definitional components of mindfulness practice are just as essential for mindfulness scholarship. After a review of the special issue, this perspective for mindfulness scholarship is presented, and the article closes with two examples of mindfulness scholarship aligned with the 3-component framework of intention, awareness, and non-judgment.

view more

Student Happiness, School Climate, and School Improvement Plans: Implications for School Counseling Practice

Professional School Counseling

Cleveland, R. E., & Sink, C. A.

2018 To align with a more holistic perspective of wellness, the authors advocate for the inclusion of student subjective well-being (SWB) or happiness ratings as part of school climate assessment within school improvement plans (SIPs). Relevant theory and research demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between student perceptions of school climate and their overall SWB. Within the context of school improvement planning/assessment and counselor program accountability, the authors provide recommendations for school counselors’ evidence-based practice.

view more

Digital portfolios in mental health counselor education: Fostering reflection, assessment, and employment

Tech Trends

Cleveland, R. E.

2018 Many programs utilize digital portfolios for students to archive assignments. This manuscript highlights how one counselor education program implemented digital portfolios as a means for fostering student reflection, and subsequently evolved the portfolios towards satisfying both comprehensive exam and student employment goals. The author introduced a digital portfolio component to a core curriculum course in hopes of fostering students’ reflection. Simultaneously, counselor education program faculty were addressing inadequacies of norm-referenced testing employed for students’ comprehensive exam.

view more

School Counselor Evaluation Instrument Pilot Project: A School Counselor Association, Department of Education, and University Collaboration

Journal of School Counseling

Cleveland, R. E., & Hartline, J.

2017 This article describes initial efforts to pilot an evaluation instrument for school counselors. The pilot was a collaboration led by the state's school counselor association involving a state department of education (DOE), local school districts, and university faculty members. The article begins with a brief overview of historical and contextual factors relevant to the creation of the instrument and the pilot project.

view more