Michael Fischler

Profile:

Along with being the Director of the Counseling and Human Relations Center, Michael is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum. He is active in public speaking; presenting workshops; teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; writing; and always striving to learn and to understand.  His academic focus is on culture, diversity, and understanding human beings through theory related to social behavior.  Pervasive in his work is a deep commitment to serving others, especially those struggling to find meaning and joy in their lives.  His work at the Counseling and Human Relations Center enables him to apply the theory he teaches serving the lives of others.

Meaningful work has no boundaries. Michael’s efforts are directed toward enlivening and contributing toward the growth of adaptive social behavior within the campus community. Historically, he founded the Counseling and Human Relations Center in 1974 and was its first counselor and director (and only employee).  Amongst other pursuits, he participated in the founding of our campus’s first minority student alliance.  Similarly he was amongst the first supporters of our campus’s GLBT alliance.  He remains active in supporting both constituencies, as well as other subgroups ranging from veterans to Greek organizations (as an advisor to a campus sorority).  In our community, he was a founder of “First Star Tonight” (an organization that continues to serve chronically and terminally ill children and young adults).  He is Chair of the Graduate Faculty.

Goals and visions about diversity at PSU?

Increase awareness, understanding, compassion, development, and growth.

Fun fact:

Guiding principle…Know that I don’t know.