• Chair of Graduate Counseling
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling
Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

About Me

I joined my alma mater, the University of Mary Graduate Counseling Program, in 2017 after previously serving in multiple positions as a school counselor, including a small rural K-12 school and an urban high school. I graduated in 2019 from Adams State University with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a dissertation titled "Alignment of Job Descriptions and Performance Evaluations of School Counselors in North Dakota to the ASCA National Model." I am passionate about educating future counselors through my work with students in the program.

Why I’m At Mary

I am proud to be a faculty member at the University of Mary. Nothing is better than being able to see the growth in students while modeling the Benedictine values of the University of Mary. The Graduate Counseling Program doesn't just educate and train counselors; it allows students to better themselves personally.


I have an expertise in the school counseling profession as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive K12 school counseling programs and graduate counseling programs. Also, I am a strong advocate and leader for the profession at the local, state, regional, and national level. Finally, I serve as a core counseling faculty member for the graduate counseling program at the University of Mary while also serving as the Chair of the program.

Meidinger, R. (2021-2022) "ASCA National Model Training and Consultation," Fargo Public School District School Counselors in Fargo, ND.

Meidinger, R. (2019) "2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors," Bismarck Public School District School Counselors in Bismarck, ND.

Meidinger, R. (2019) "Collaboration between School Counselors and School Administrations," North Dakota Department of Public Instruction New Administrator Training in Bismarck, ND.

Meidinger, R. (2018) "What "13 Reasons Why" Got Wrong," North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning in Bismarck, ND.

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C., Phares, J. (2018) in A School Counselor's Guide to Small Groups: Coordination, Leadership, & Assessment. Springer, S., Moss, L., Manavizadeh, N., and Pugliese, A. (editors). Association for Specialists in Group Work, Alexandria, VA.

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C. (2017) "Resolving Dilemmas using the Ethical Decision-Making Model for School Counseling Supervision," Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL. 

Jurekovic, C., Meidinger, R. (2017) "Promoting Professional School Counselor Identity through Educational Leadership & Advocacy," American Counseling Association's Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C. (2016) "Toolbox Approach to Teaching Theories to Future School Counselors," North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Minneapolis, MN.


PhD: Adams State University, 2019
MS: University of Mary, 2014
BS: North Dakota State University, 2012