Tonya Osmond
Assistant Director/Career Advisor
Profile

Tonya has over twenty years of experience counseling students and alumni in the areas of career, academic, and personal development. She currently manages the career services programs for alumni as well as the degree-seeking students from SPCS.  Previously, Tonya counseled and advised students and alumni at Howard Community College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland. She was also involved in providing career transition services to military and civilian personnel at Fort Meade under Reduction in Force initiatives. Her specialty is in assisting adults complete career transitions, and she is qualified to administer the MBTI. Tonya received her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services / Counseling at Virginia Tech and completed an Advanced Graduate Specialist certificate in Counselor Education at the University of Maryland. She recently earned her Doctorate in Higher Education from Morgan State University, and her dissertation focused on the motivational orientations of native and adult learners.

Presentations
  • “Understanding Motivation in Assisting Adult Learners Achieve Academic and Career Success,” Annual VCA Convention, 2016
  • “Non-traditional Student Career and Life Transitions,” MACCA Winter Conference, 2013
  • “Opening the Career Dialog with Students with Disabilities,” MACCA Winter Conference, 2011
  • “Clinical Challenges in Social Networking,” Counseling Conference, Howard Community College, 2010
  • “When Generations Collide:  Personal and Career Issues at Work,” Counseling Conference, Howard Community College, 2009

Education
B.A., Virginia Tech 1992
English
M.A., Virginia Tech 1995
Education (Student Personnel Services/Counseling)
Ed.D., Morgan State University 2016
Higher Education
Contact Information
(804) 289-8547
Areas of Expertise
Provides career consultations for UR alumni and degree-seeking students from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS).