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Received the "OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR AWARD" from The Professional Counselor, the journal of the National Board for Certified Counselors (April 2014).

Received the Pennsylvania State University Counselor Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Counseling Profession (2009).

Received the Tenured Counselor Educator Individual Achievement Award (2005). Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. (Presented at the ACES conference, Pittsburgh, October 2005).

Selected as the 1991-92 "OUTSTANDING TEACHER" in the College of Education and Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Selected for membership in the North Carolina State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Received the Joseph W. and Lucile U. Hollis Award for outstanding achievement in humanistic education and human development publications. (Presented at the AACD convention, New York City, April 4, 1985.)

Recognized for scholarly and editorial leadership in elementary school counseling. [See Schmidt, J., Lanier, S., & Cope, L. (1999). Elementary school guidance and counseling: The last 20 years. Professional School Counseling, 2, 250-257.

Recognized as among the top 5% of contributors to volumes 57 - 71 of the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association. [See Weinrach, S. G, Lustig, D., Chan, F., & Thomas, K. R. (1998). Publication patterns of The Personnel and Guidance Journal/Journal of Counseling & Development: 1978 to 1993. Journal of Counseling & Development, 76, 427-435.

Recognized as the second leading contributor to the Journal for Specialists in Group work from 1976 to 1984. [See Miller, G. M. (1984). Author and institution sources for articles of The Journal for Specialists in Group Work: Spring 1976 through March 1984. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 9, 127-130.]

Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the South and Southeast, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement and Who's Who in American Education.