Tarrell Portman


Associate Professor


(319) 335-5985


N356LC Lindquist Center

About Tarrell Portman

College: Education

Department: Counselor Education and Supervision/School Counseling

Organizations: Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

Research Interests: Qualitative Research- Field Based Processes, School Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Translating Counseling Theory to Counseling Practice, American Indian/Indigenous Peoples, American Indian Women's Counseling Issues, Supervision

TILE course: Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry, Advanced Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, Introduction to Group Counseling, Advanced Qualitative Research Seminar


Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1999.

M.A.Ed., Guidance and Counseling (K-12), Southeast MO State University, 1988.

B.S., Education, Art (K-12), Elem. (K-8), Southeast MO State University, 1981.


Dr. Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman is immediate president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) a national division under ACA. She has a strong history of advocacy for school counseling at the state and national levels. Dr. Portman was one of two school counselor educators on the National Board for Performance and Teaching Standards (NBPTS) School Counseling Standards writing committee. She was an ASCA National Standards Trainer and was involved in writing the Iowa Comprehensive School Counseling Guide. In additional, Dr. Portman has served on the National Office for School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) board through the College Board. She is a past Post-Secondary Vice President on the ISCA board. She is a licensed mental heath counselor and school counseling in Missouri and Iowa.

Dr. Portman served 4 1/2 years as an assistant dean in the Graduate College and 14 years as an associate professor in the counselor education and supervision program at The University of Iowa. She has served the state of Iowa as a licensed foster parent and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Dr. Portman has authored several books, articles and book chapters dedicated to the topic of multiculturalism.

Dr. Portman loves teaching in the TILE classrooms and attempts to have all of her classes in these innovative rooms.  Her instructional style is geared to adult learning environments in the interactive technology setting.

Contributed Modules

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