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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Shelia Lumar, Ph.D., UNT Dallas

Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Shelia Lumar, Ph.D, UNT Dallas

Dr. Lumar is completing her fifth year at UNT Dallas where she addresses some pretty weighty issues related to substance abuse. That she entered a profession to help others shouldn't be surprising considering her mother taught her that service to others "inspires the soul." A wife of 35 years, her other longtime love is athletics. Recently inducted into her high school's athletic Hall of Fame, she played -- and her colleagues might not realize this -- basketball professionally for two European teams. In fact, she's pretty much a sports junkie and even dabbles in these two extreme sports. Read on and get to know Dr. Lumar.


What is your favorite aspect about your job?
I love working with students and helping to direct their career paths within the human services or other related field.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
More teaching support and professional development activities for faculty such as a Teacher Excellence Center. 

What is your proudest work moment?
One of my proudest moment(s) at work is when I received an email from a past student who thanked me for preparing them to be academically successful in graduate school. That student is now a director of a large nonprofit in Las Vegas.

What is your proudest non-work moment?
When I learned I would be inducted into my high school's athletics Hall of Fame. I have also been married for 35 years, I have a grown son and a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three delightful grandchildren.

What is a fact about you that may surprise your colleagues?
I played basketball at Kansas State and went on to play professionally for two European teams with Bamberg and Hamburg.

Book?: The Anne Rice Vampire series
Movie?: The Color Purple
TV Show: Game of Thrones
Inspirational hero?: May mother -- she taught me that service to others inspires the soul
Place to visit?: London
Restaurant?: Rosie's Rib Joint, Tulsa, Okla.
Celebrity?: Viola Davis
Hobby?: Restoring antique furniture
Charitable cause?: Lupus Foundation of America