The School of Education and Behavioral Studies
Full Name: Gene Sale
Associate Professor of Counseling
Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Studies
B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A., Liberty University; Ed.D., University of Sarasota.
Dr. Sale’s background includes extensive experience in both counseling psychology and education as an educator and administrator as well as a practitioner. He has demonstrated leadership in program development and evaluation. Dr. Sale has supervised the development of several innovative program during his tenure as dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies including the first counseling program outreach to earthquake trauma victims in Haiti following the devastation there in 2010; the Cancer Related Fatigue program helping cancer patients in treatment overcome the debilitating fatigue often experienced in treatment through an exercise protocol in the exercise science program and the International Student Teaching semester for education interns. Dr. Sale serves the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court as a guardian ad litem, where he represents to the court the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children. He was founder and president of a global network of partnerships linking resources and needs in education, social services, humanitarian services and economic development called The Global Partnerships Initiative (GPI). He served as the founding president of South Florida Association of Christian Counselors (SFACC), a regional counseling association established for the purposes of networking, professional development and obtaining continuing education units. He developed and taught a counseling course at a large university in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Sale was founder and president of The Metrocenter for Counseling, a successful Christian counseling practice in Washington, D.C. near Capitol Hill, where he conducted individual, marital, and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. He also organized and taught several seminars and retreats on issues related to personal, marital and family issues. He established a counseling and staff development program for Youth for Tomorrow, a residential program for at-risk youth in Manassas, VA. He also developed and maintained the parenting skills program for the parents of youth in the program and originated and directed the community-based aftercare program. As a congressional fellow and later as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, he conducted research and coordinated congressional hearings on the impact of federal policy on issues related to children, youth, and families. While in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sale worked as a policy analyst with the Family Research Council. As a regional director with Campus Crusade for Christ, Dr. Sale supervised and provided staff development for full-time staff of three campus teams in developing an interdenominational ministry to college students. Dr. Sale has worked in Christian higher education since 1995, first at Liberty University where his responsibilities included teaching introductory and upper division courses in psychology as well as developing, taping and monitoring on-line courses. Since 2001, Dr. Sale has taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University as an associate professor of psychology in the Graduate Counseling Psychology program. He served as interim dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies in 2009 and became dean of the school in 2010. He received his Doctor of Education degree in counseling psychology from the University of Sarasota, a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Arts degree from the International School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas.