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Toni Tollerud

TITLE: Distinguished Teaching Professor of Counseling
AREA: Faculty
PHONE: (815) 753-9311
FAX: (815) 753-9309


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa


  • Curriculum Vita
  • Biography

    Dr. Toni R. Tollerud is a professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. She was recently named a 2008 Presidential Teaching Professorship Award Winner for NIU. In her 25 years at NIU she has coordinated the program and served as Director of Internship and the School Counseling Program. Since 2003 she has completed over 120 workshops on supervision issues across the state of Illinois to meet continuing education requirements. She is also an accomplished counselor educator and consults all over the state on issues related to supervision, career development, and school counseling. She also served two years as the NIU Faculty and Supportive Professional Staff Advisor where she worked with faculty and staff across campus who were in conflict or felt they were being treated unfairly. This experience allowed her to blend her knowledge and experience of being at NIU for 25 years with her training and role as a counselor to provide assistance and help to fellow colleagues.

    Dr. Tollerud has been the recipient of many awards.  Among her many honors, in 2014 she received the first award given by the SPS Council to a faculty person for Partnership and Collaboration. Additionally in 2014, she received the Eychaner Award from the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Prism of NIU, recognizing her dedication to educating others about LGBT issues. The Illinois School Counselor Association also awarded a special honor in 2014 by naming The School Counselor Educator of the Year Award after Dr. Tollerud for all future award winners, reflecting her dedication and advocacy to school counseling. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Distinguished Service Award and the Illinois Counseling Association Outstanding Research Publication Award. At the national level, Dr. Tollerud was named the Advocate of the Year for the American School Counselor Association in 2001.

    Dr. Tollerud is Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association, Illinois School Counselors Association, and the Illinois Counselor Educators Association, and works to promote the unity, advocacy, and professionalism of all counselors in the state. She is a published author and has chaired over 30 dissertations in her time at NIU.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She also holds a Professional Educator’s License and is endorsed in elementary and secondary teaching and school counseling for the State of Illinois. Personally, she has three grown sons, loves and performs music, enjoys Italian food, and loves traveling with her partner.

  • Textbooks and Related Works by Professor Tollerud

    Dr. Tollerud has coauthored several book chapters on the topics of social-emotional literacy, social justice, school counseling, and counseling children. Her presentations and workshops cover a wide array of topics including school counseling, supervision. She also enjoys publishing with students. A sample of her most recent publications include:

    Tollerud, T. R. & Slabon, L. S. (2009). Counseling gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. In C. Ellis & J. Carlson: Counseling for Social Justice, ACA Publications.(to be released in December)

    Tollerud, T. R., & Nejedlo, R. J. (2008). Designing and implementing a developmental counseling curriculum. In A. Vernon (Ed.), Counseling children and adolescents (4th . ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing. (Revised Chapter)

    McFarland, W. & Tollerud, T. R. (2008). Counseling children with special issues. In A. Vernon (Ed.). Counseling children and adolescents (4th. ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing. (Revised Chapter)

    *Patrick, S., Sells, J., Giordano, F., & Tollerud, T. (2007). Intimacy, differentiation, and personality variables as predictors of marital satisfaction. The Family Journal, 15, 4.

    *Beckenbach, J., Giordano, F., Sells, J., & Tollerud, T. (2007). Sexual abuse and forgiveness: A regression analysis. Professional Issues in Counseling, Summer. Retrieved from

    McCabe, M., Tollerud, T., & Axelrod, J. (2006). A state mandate for social-emotional literacy: Implications for school counselors. In J. Pellitteri, R. Stern, C. Shelton, & B. Muller-Ackerman (Eds.), Emotionally intelligent school counseling, (Chapter 17, pp.239-252). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Pub.

  • Special Interests, Service Work

    Her research interests include Supervision, Developmental School Counseling, and specifically Social-Emotional Learning, Counseling Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Persons, Grief, Loss, Crisis, Spirituality Issues, and Counseling Women.