Faculty Profile

Nancy Davis, Dr.

Assistant Professor - School Counseling Coordinator

123 Meier Hall


I have served for over 25 years in K-12 public education as both teacher and guidance counselor.  Since 2004, I have served university teacher education departments as assessment coordinator and professor. The school counselor is a vital position in our nation’s schools, and I hope to play a role at Valparaiso University in the development of new counselors who understand both service and leadership within the educational system.   


Ph.D. - Union Institute and University 2004
M.S. - Long Island University 1974
B.S. - Indiana State University 1969


Current licenses include:

Licensed Indiana School Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Licensed English Teacher

Areas of Specialization

Expressive arts in counseling

Curriculum accreditation and assessment

Life Review

Collaboration in a community of practice

Peer facilitating and service learning

Courses Taught

Pre-methods / teaching

Introduction to teaching


Introduction to pupil personnel services

Supervision of student teaching

Supervision of teaching practicum

Supervision of counseling internship

Research Interests

Curriculum accreditation and assessment

Expressive arts in counseling

Community of practice/collaboration

Life Review

Current Research

Use of Creative Referencing in School Counseling Settings
Creative Referencing is an expressive therapeutic technique that utilizes creative formats to reference problems. School counselors often work with students whose communication skills are challenging. These students may not be able to articulate their problems clearly, or in some cases, students are unwilling to verbalize issues. In these instances, creative referencing is a technique that may bring to light the student’s problem thus enabling counselors to determine the presenting problem. Counselors can help children who are resistant to oral therapy by using creative referencing to communicate and illuminate the issue in an alternative way.


  • Catalysts for effective life review., Adultspan Journal, 2008 
  • Facilitated written life review: Supporting with scaffolds, lifting with words., UMI , 2004 


  • Integrating the Expressive Arts into Counseling Practice: Theory-Based Interventions. .
    - Degges-White, S.,  New York: Springer Publishing 2010
  • Discovering Your Life Connections:Finding Meaningful Life Connections through Written Life Review Activities (A Handbook for Practical Use
    -  u-verse 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counseling Association
  • Indiana School Counseling Association
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling
  • Association for Integrated Medicine
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling
    Journal Reviewer
  • The Teacher Educator
    Journal Reviewer
  • Association for Integrated Medicine
    Accreditation Board Member