School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)


John C Thomas


Burnout, Counselor Education, Counselor Educator, Counselor Educator Competence, Counselor Educator Experience, Servant Leadership


Counseling | Counselor Education


Mentorship and servant leadership are requirements of quality counselor educators. Recognized as leaders in the field of counseling, counselor educators exert great influence on students, clients, peers, and society at large. However, it is apparent from the paucity of research on the subject that attention and resources examining the impact leadership has on burnout in counselor educators is lacking. This study examined the relationship between a counselor educator’s experience and competence of leadership and dimensions of burnout. The results from this pilot study indicated no significant correlations between the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Experience subscale and each of the burnout subscales: personal, work-related, and student-related. The study also revealed no significant correlation between the Competence subscale and the student-related burnout subscale, reported by counselor educators. However, significant correlations were found between the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Competence subscale and two of the burnout subscales: personal and work-related. This study also examined the extent to which a counselor educator’s leadership experience and competence, gender, faculty rank, and teaching load predicted burnout. Results from the regression analyses indicated no significant contributions from the predictor variables in relation to each burnout subscale. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed as they relate to current and future counselor educators, higher education administrators, and counselor education preparation programs with the goal of minimizing burnout.