Dr. Mark Pope Honored for Outstanding Individual Lifetime Achievement
in LGBT Career Development
Dr. Mark Pope is the first recipient of the Outstanding Individual Lifetime Achievement Award from OUT for Work, a national nonprofit organization that is the premiere resource for educating, preparing, and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender college students for the transition from academia to the workplace (www.outforwork.org). This award was presented to Dr. Pope at the OUT for Work 10th Anniversary Conference, held in Washington, DC, sponsored by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Nordstrom, BP, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, Marriott, Verizon, Merck, Cummins, Toyota, and others.
In his remarks as he presented the award to Dr. Pope, Riley Folds, the founder of OUT for Work, said “Dr. Pope is the reason that we exist, as his research has provided the academic and theoretical foundation for our organization. We are presenting this award to him because of his lifetime of scholarship and passionate devotion to LGBT career counseling, career development, and our community.”
Dr. Pope responded that “this award is particularly special for me as it is from an organization that has taken my lifetime of work and turned it into direct social action, helping LGBTQQI college students who are struggling with their own individual career development. I am deeply honored to have been part of what OUT for Work is doing in the world.”
Dr. Pope is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy in the College of Education at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis.
Dr. Mark Pope Background
Dr. Pope received this important award for his work on the career development of sexual minorities in American society. He has studied and written on career development of lesbian and gay individuals for over 35 years. Dr. Pope is the author of over 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other publications dealing with career development and cultural diversity. Through his leadership and scholarly work, he was instrumental in raising the career counseling profession's consciousness regarding the special issues that face lesbian and gay individuals in American society. Dr. Pope has worked intentionally, deliberately, passionately, and purposefully to eliminate the systemic barriers that have impacted and negated the career growth and development of gay and lesbian individuals.
Dr. Pope is a recognized international expert in various aspects of the career development of sexual minorities. His works have appeared as books, as national and international conference presentations, as keynote addresses at national and international conferences, and in major journals in the counseling and psychology fields. He has also been recognized for his leadership in these issues by being selected as a Fellow of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17), Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (Division 44), and Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45). He also previously served as the editor of NCDA's The Career Development Quarterly, the foremost professional journal in career development and career counseling. He served NCDA as President (1998-1999) and in 2008 was the recipient of the the NCDA Eminent Career Award.
He is the author of 10 books, 35 book chapters, 40 journal articles, and over 135 presentations at international, national, regional, and state conferences, including keynoting career development conferences in Canada, Australia, China, and the U.S.