Gause began his new duties Jan. 1. He replaces Dr. Ruth Ann Roberts who served as interim chair before retiring.
Gause joins Southeast from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he had been serving as associate professor of higher education in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and director of doctoral Graduate Studies in Educational Studies-Higher Education. He previously served as associate professor and assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. He began his career in 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Leadership at Winthrop University in Columbia, South Carolina.
“Dr. Gause has a diversity of experiences both administratively as well as in his teaching and scholarly pursuits that are new for the department,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education at Southeast. “His expertise can provide new ways of thinking about serving the region in the areas of leadership and counseling.”
Gause said, “The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University has outstanding programs in school, mental health, and career counseling, as well as school administration, teacher leadership and higher education administration. It was fascinating to me to discover that an academic department existed in a higher education institution in the United States, which spoke to all of my professional experiences and personal commitments. It was like striking oil and discovering gold . . . all at the same time. My goal is to build on the fine work the faculty is doing in making our programs known for their exceptional quality regionally, nationally and globally.”
Southeast’s Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling serves graduate students and offers master’s degree programs in educational administration, school counseling, mental health counseling and higher education administration. The department offers specialist level degrees in educational administration, counseling education and educational leadership development. The department also supports a Cooperative Ed.D. program in partnership with the University of Missouri.
The department chair’s responsibilities include administration, leadership, teaching, faculty relations, student recruitment, student development, and management and budget oversight. The chair also is responsible for maintaining an active, scholarly and service agenda.
Gause holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Miami University, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, a master of arts in teaching from Columbia International University and Bachelor of Science from Trinity International University.
He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Black Masculinity and is the author of a book published last year titled “Black Masculinity in America: Can I Get a Witness?” He also has authored or co-authored several other books, articles and chapters, and his latest book, “Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education: A Reader” is forthcoming.
Gause has served on the editorial board of the Journal for Learning and Democracy, the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education Journal and the Journal of School Leadership. He has served as a reviewer for several refereed journals, including Journal of Black Masculinity, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal for Learning and Democracy, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and the Journal of School Leadership. In addition, he was the recipient of the Minority Access Inc. National Faculty Mentor Role Model of the Year Award in 2009.