Dr. Jack Rayman

photo of Dr. Jack Rayman Director Emeritus of Penn State Career Services

Jack Rayman served as the Senior Director of Career Services and Affiliate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Education at Penn State University from 1983 until his retirement in 2010. He received a B.S in Industrial Administration and English from Iowa State University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974. He served on the faculty of Rajang Teachers College as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1967 to 1970 where he taught agriculture and English and designed and built the first 18-hole golf course in the county. His doctoral dissertation, “Sex and the Single Interest Inventory” was a groundbreaking effort to eliminate gender bias in interest measurement. It was the prototype for the Unisex Edition of the ACT Interest Inventory (UniACT) which is now an integral part of the ACT battery. He was assistant professor for research at Western Maryland College from 1974-1978 and during that time was a major architect of DISCOVER, the computerized career guidance system that is now marketed internationally by the American College Testing Program. DISCOVER is currently in use at more than 3,000 locations throughout the U.S. From 1978-1983 he was Career Development Officer and Affiliate Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University.

He is the author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. In the early 1990s he authored two books: The Changing Role of Career Services, published by Jossey Bass in 1993, and Handbook for the College and University Career Center published by Greenwood Publishing in 1993 (co-authored with Edwin Herr and Jeff Garis). His most recent book co-authored with Edwin Herr and Dennis Heitzman is The Professional Counselor as Administrator, published in 2006 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division of Counseling Psychology) and a Fellow in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). He served on the editorial board of the Career Development Quarterly from 1991-1997.

He and his wife Barbara live in State College, PA, where he is an avid tennis player and a fan of women's basketball. In his spare time he writes poetry, and he has built a log cabin on the Allegheny Plateau.

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