by Amber Cox
Being a science teacher helped Rider’s new director of Counseling Services realize what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Dr. Nadine Marty has been a member of the Rider University Counseling Services since 2001. She has been the interim director of Counseling Services since October 2007.
“I think I just enjoyed the students,” Marty said. “I liked talking to them.”
On top of eight years of experience as a science teacher, Marty worked for seven years as a high school counselor. She believes that counseling high school students and college students are two separate jobs.
“High school was more about the academic work and had a lot of parent involvement,” Marty said. “A lot of high school students never meet with their counselor until it’s time to think about college.”
Marty earned her Bachelor of Science in biology, with minors in chemistry and education, from Wheaton College. She received her Master of Arts in counseling services at Rider and her doctorate of education in counseling psychology from Rutgers University.
She has served as staff psychologist, providing therapy for students, and also served as coordinator of training and supervision for graduate interns.
She believes that experience is one of the most important things in the learning process.
Marty’s new position puts her in charge of the Lawrenceville and Westminster campuses. It also adds a new administrative aspect to her job.
“I have to do the daily nuts and bolts stuff,” Marty said. “I get to function more with the people involved in the whole system.”
Being involved with two different campuses makes the job a little more difficult. The Counseling Services are all appointment-based, so it isn’t easy getting everyone in the same place.
“It’s a little tricky to get all the staff together,” Marty said.
Marty believes that the Counseling Services at Rider are effective. She does not want to make any changes, but hopes to better the system as a whole.
“I’d like to be able to add more contact with the Residence Life staff,” Marty said. “I’d like to develop a relationship with the faculty.”
Marty’s new position won’t take her away from counseling. She still plans on talking to students, faculty and staff whenever she can.
“The director position allows me to be more on-campus,” Marty said. “I have more ability to go out on campus and interface with the students.”
Marty said that psychology is all about the development of relationships with a person. The one-on-one aspect helps students communicate their feelings easily.
“The way that I like to work is person-to-person,” Marty said. “I like to work directly with the students.”
Larry Johnson, associate dean of students, thinks that Marty is more than qualified for her new position.
“She brings to the director’s position a profound understanding of the psychological and emotional needs of students, with a particular appreciation for Rider students, with whom she has worked on both campuses since 2001,” he said.
Johnson believes that Marty has a great ability to work with other faculty members.
“She also has the ability to effectively relate to members of Rider’s faculty, staff and administration,” he said. “As a university, Rider is fortunate to have Dr. Marty directing its counseling services.”
Marty believes her personal and close relationship with the rest of the staff will help her succeed.
“I trust them and I feel that they support me,” Marty said. “I don’t feel like I’m doing it by myself.”