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Department of Counseling & College Student Personnel
Contact :
Shippen Hall
(717) 477-1668

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Important Dates  

 May 8  Graduate Commencement

August 24  Fall classes begin


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Todd K. Whitman, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and College
Student Personnel
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA  17257
Phone: (717) 477-1654
Office: 115 Shippen Hall

Vita [PDF]


Todd received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and French Literature from Colgate University in 1990.  He spent the next three years working in the corporate business world, but decided change was in order   He took some time off to ride his bike across North America, during which he covered 4,260 miles in two months of ascetic existence (i.e. living in a tent).  Somewhere between the Canadian Rockies and the Oregon coast, Todd discovered that his future was in education.  The journey thus began…  In 1997 he completed his Master's degree in Counseling Services from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oswego. He immediately began employment as a school counselor for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Alexandria, VA. After working three years as a high school counselor and as an assistant coach for cross-country, track, and swimming, he left FCPS to pursue his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Virginia. While earning his doctorate, he further honed his craft as a food-server in Charlottesville's trendy eateries.  After completing his coursework and doctoral internships, Todd returned to FCPS to continue employment as a school counselor while he finished his dissertation, which addressed the supervision of school counseling interns. He earned his doctorate in August, 2004 and officially graduated in January, 2005. During this time, in addition to working as a school counselor, he also supervised a school counseling intern, was a selected member of the FCPS school counseling leadership cohort, and worked as adjunct faculty for George Washington University.

Dr. Whitman started his employment as an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Shippensburg University in the Fall of 2005.  He currently teaches in the school counseling and mental health specializations, and his roster of courses includes Research & Statistics, Assessment/Appraisal, Practicum in School Counseling, Field/Internship, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and DSM-5/Psychopathology. His research and professional interests include school counseling-related topics like trainee supervision and development as well as other interdisciplinary projects that have investigated binge drinking in first-year students, recidivism rates among juvenile offenders, and treatment effects for the bereaved. Dr. Whitman happily describes himself as a “data geek” and a lover of all things numerical, but appreciates the subtleties of qualitative approaches too.

Todd lives in Frederick, MD with his wife, Sandra, and one very spoiled cat, Annie.  Todd's primary recreational passion is riding one of his bicycles on the roads or trails somewhere in the mountains of the Frederick Watershed and Gambrill Park. Todd is known to say “a good sweat is a transcendental experience!” In addition to bicycling, Todd also enjoys running, hiking, golf, swimming, body-surfing waves, kayaking, and skiing (alpine & Nordic). “I’m an endurance junkie. The more, the better…” When he's not outside, Todd can be found inside his home, enjoying a good book, doing a crossword puzzle, listening to music, watching “Seinfeld” reruns, or cooking a decadent post-workout meal. “I like to mix an active lifestyle with moments of stillness.  The juxtaposition brings clarity and purpose.”