Online education meets students where they are, and that's the best place from which to spark growth. I have witnessed online doctoral education progress rapidly since the early 2000s when I first entered my own online doctoral program. I am excited to be part of the future of education.
Dr. Eric Muenks is the program chair for the PhD in Human Services in the College of Doctoral Studies at Ashford University. He attained his master’s degree in Counseling & Human Development at Troy University in 1996 and has been licensed as a mental health counselor in Florida since 1998. He completed his PhD in industrial/organizational psychology at Capella University in 2004 and began teaching part time at Ashford University in 2007. He joined University of the Rockies in 2009 as an adjunct and later became full time in 2014.
Eric began his career as a counselor and mental health advocate in 1994. He worked 16 years as a consultant for Central Florida-area school districts, delivering evidence-based training in cultural competence, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution to educational staff, children, and families. His professional background also includes 5 years’ experience as a mental health practitioner and 18 years’ in quality improvement and regulatory compliance for both private and public-sector behavioral health organizations.
In working with students, Dr. Muenks blends his knowledge of social science research and theory, mindful practice, and quality improvement to assist others in gaining a broad range of knowledge in human services and organizational leadership. Dr. Muenks is passionate about helping students master practical approaches for incorporating self-care and enhanced present-moment awareness, which he believes are fundamental skills for academic success and maintaining professional competence in the field.
“'I’ve always had a passion for explaining things to others in straightforward, personally meaningful terms. As a professor, I find incredible reward in helping a student reach an "aha" moment about a new concept or complex model. Students in our doctoral programs have richly diverse life and career experiences, and I find joy tapping into their expertise whenever possible. I prefer online teaching particularly because I believe it's cutting edge. Online education meets students where they are, and that's the best place from which to spark growth. I have witnessed online doctoral education progress rapidly since the early 2000s when I first entered my own online doctoral program. I am excited to be part of the future of education.”
Dr. Muenks is also a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction practitioner and lives in Orlando, Florida, with his husband and their dog, Ella.