Mary Aguilera, PhD

Mary Aguilara
Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Portland Campus, Bueermann Hall, 314
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"When teaching, I see myself first as an ambassador of Christ, then a counselor educator, and a mentor. I try to put myself in the position of a student: What kind of gospel-transformed instructor would I have wanted to see and emulate?"

Degrees Earned

PhD in Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision

Oregon State University, Corvallis

MA in Counseling

Western Seminary, Portland

A Defining Moment

"When I was in college as a business major, I was convinced after I graduated I would change the world using my business skills. The direction of my life changed when my mother reached the age of retirement and recruited me to assist her in opening a boarding house for adolescent girls who needed a place to stay while finishing their education. I struggled to understand the behavior of these girls and became easily frustrated by their failure to obey simple rules. I prayed, complained, and shared my worries with a friend. He encouraged me to take a graduate course in counseling. What started as a way to get over my frustration was God’s way of turning me towards His call for my life. Today, I wake up with excitement because I love what I do. I know I am fulfilling my calling and am grateful God continually gives me the grace to serve His kingdom this way." 

Mary Aguilera Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Mary Aguilera's CV