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Peter Mather

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
Counseling and Higher Education
Lindley Hall N275

Dr. Peter Mather holds the B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Indianapolis and the M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. He then received the Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has worked as Assistant Dean of Student Development at Duke University and the Director of Educational Programs at The Carter Center. Dr. Mather teaches courses in student development theory, supervises a practicum in student affairs and directs a service-learning program in Honduras each year. His research interests include outcomes of international service-learning and the application of positive psychology to student affairs practice.


Most Recent Publications:


Mather, P. C. & Hulme, E. (Eds.) (2013)., Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education. New Directions for Student Services, 143. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  



Mather, P. (2013) Promoting social justice through appreciative community service. New Directions for Student Service, 143 (pp. 77 – 88). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Mather, P., & Hess, M. (2013) Promoting positive leadership. New Directions for Student Services, 143 (pp. 31 – 40). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Mather, P. C., & Hulme, M. (2013). Resources and readings in positive psychology. New Directions for Student Services, 143 (pp. 89 – 94). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Mather, P.C., Karbley, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2012). Identity matters in a short-term, international service-learning program. Journal of College and Character, 13(1), 1-14.


(2010). Positive psychology and student affairs practice: A framework of possibility. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(2), 157-173.


Mather, P.C., Smith, K., & Skipper, S. (2010). A matter of competence: A national study of the preparation of new student affairs professionals.International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(4).  Retrieved from


Mather, P.C., Givens, B., Hendrickson, K., & Lash, A. (2010). Listening to Santa Rita: A critical examination of service-learning practice. Journal of College and Character, 11, 1-12.


Bradbury, B., & Mather, P. C. (2009). The integration of first-year, first generation college students from Ohio Appalachia. NASPA Journal, 46(2), 258-281. 


Mather, P.C., Bryan, S., & Faulkner, W. (2009). Orienting mid-level student affairs professionals. College Student Affairs Journal, 27(2), 242–256.


Mather, P. (2008). Acknowledging racism: Confronting self. About Campus, 13(4), 27-29.


Mather, P. (2008). Interns at an international, humanitarian organization: Career pathways and meaning making. Journal of College Student Development, 49, 182-198.