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About Mark Pope

Dr. Pope is widely considered to be the founder of and one of the leading authors in the field of cultural diversity issues in career counseling and career development, especially gay and lesbian career development. His primary area of interest and research is in multicultural career counseling, especially gay/lesbian, Native American, and Asian career development issues.  He has also written on the history and development of professional counseling in general and career counseling in particular in the USA and other countries, LGBTQI+ issues, violence in the schools, and Native American traditional healing as well as a number of books on instructional resources for teaching about career counseling, multicultural counseling, social justice and advocacy, and sexual and gender minorities.  He has published 11 books, over 40 chapters in books, over 40 articles in professional journals, and over 170 presentations at international, national, regional, and state professional conferences. Dr. Pope is also a committed internationalist and has written on the historical development of career counseling in the US, China, and Malaysia, and keynoted and presented at career development conferences in China, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Scotland, and throughout the United States.

From his first publication in 1990 on the sexual behavior and attitudes of midlife and aging gay men to his most recent article on the trials that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender international students face as they study in the US, his work has been groundbreaking in the counseling literature. Through his scholarly work and leadership, he has been instrumental in bringing to the forefront of the counseling profession broadly and the career counseling field in particular the special issues that lesbian and gay individuals face in American society. In 2004, Dr. Pope was selected for the OUT 100 as one of the major contributors to lesbian and gay culture in the US in that year.  He received this recognition for being elected as the first openly gay person to serve as president of a major mental health professional association exactly 30 years after the removal of "homosexuality" from the list of psychiatric disorders in the US (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association), repudiating once and for all the illness model used to limit the rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals in the US and around the world.

In 2013 on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Career Development Association, Mark Savickas, Editor of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, conducted a study to identify the top ten ideas that changed career development – the discourses and practices that have shaped the career development field over the last 100 years (Savickas, 2013).  This study was commissioned by the National Career Development Association to identify the core concepts and practices in the career development field.  Using the Delphi Technique, Dr. Savickas asked the question of a group of prominent scholars, leaders, and practitioners in the field - “What are the essential ideas that have been crucial in the development of career intervention since 1909 (when the field was founded)?”  “Social Justice” was ranked sixth out of the 37 ideas that were identified, with that concept attributed to the scholarship of Mark Pope for the development of his groundbreaking model of Career Counseling with Underserved Populations, especially with lesbian and gay men, but also with African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Positions

Present Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs
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Curriculum Vitae


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Education

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1985 - 1989 EdD, University of San Francisco ‐ Counseling and Educational Psychology
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1973 - 1974 MEd, University of Missouri-Columbia ‐ Counseling and Personnel Services
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1969 - 1973 BA, University of Missouri-Columbia ‐ Political Science and Sociology
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Contact Information

314-516-7121

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Books & Book Contributions (11)

Open Access Works (2)

Research Works (44)