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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Baggerly, UNT Dallas

Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Baggerly, Ph.D., UNT Dallas

Dr. Baggerly earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at UNT in 1999 and then headed to sunny Florida to begin her career at the University of South Florida. She returned to Texas in 2010 to join UNT's then-fledging school in southern Dallas, and never left. She's witnessed UNT Dallas grow into an independent campus with more than 4,000 students while becoming a treasured faculty member -- and, in fact, she's currently president of the Faculty Senate. An adventurous spirit, you might not know one of her greatest adventures involves her daughter, rapids, a helicopter and a cliff. And as a professor of counseling who advocates for the therapeutic powers of play, we're highly intrigued by her "play time" suggestion as an added UNT World employee benefit. Read on to learn more about Dr. Baggerly, her adventure and her suggestion.


What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Helping our counseling graduate students achieve their dream of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor or Certified School Counselor.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
Since I am a play therapist, I believe in the therapeutic powers of play. I believe employees would benefit from “play time” by gathering together to play games of their choice such as volleyball, charades, or doing art projects.    

What is your proudest work moment?
Speaking with our alumni who have earned their status as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist and hearing how they are helping their clients improve their mental health.   

What is your proudest non-work moment?
Seeing my daughter laugh.

What is a fact about you that may surprise your colleagues?
I took my daughter whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon where we flew in a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, held tight during rough rapids, jumped off a cliff into the cold Colorado River, slept at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and hiked to a beautiful waterfall.

Movie?: Rat Race with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Whoopi Goldberg
Song?: You Say by Lauren Daigle
Hobby?: Hiking and biking in nature