Attending college was new to his family. A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Dr. LaVelle Hendricks learned the value of education from an early age. His aunt and uncle encouraged him to pursue excellence and use his knowledge to help those around him. Hendricks took this to heart. The counseling discipline offered him the space to impact those around him. Whether in the college classroom or local ISD, Hendricks brings a wealth of knowledge in drug, alcohol and other addictions. There's work to be done, but Hendricks is one leader making this happen.
A Conversation with Dr. Hendricks
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce is a premier university that offers quality and affordable education. The university continues the rich tradition of educating Texans and others who walk through its doors. You will find faculty well versed in their subject matter ready to impart information. Each student will find A&M-Commerce to be conducive to their overall wellbeing. You will leave with new-found knowledge, a degree that competes with any university and memories to last a lifetime. I hold true to our founder, William L. Mayo's, statement: ‘No barriers have been raised to say to inspiring youth, this far shall thy go, and no further.’
What makes you passionate about counseling?
Counseling is a profession that allows individuals to experience change based on their stage of readiness. A tremendous amount of joy is exhibited when individuals reach their goals and achieve a sense of wholeness. As a counseling member who was given the opportunity to be a change agent, it's highly rewarding to have played such a role.
What do you like most about your career?
As a student-centered professor, it's rewarding to see new students arrive on campus, watch them succeed academically, socially and emotionally, and ultimately graduate. Great honor is given when former students invite you to their weddings and other special events in their lives.
- Ed.D., Counseling, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1996
- MED, Counseling, University of Louisiana Monroe, 1985
- B.A., Legal Issues, Northeast Louisana University, 1983
Awards and Honors
- Erma J. Hadley Academic Award, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, 2023
- Community Service Award, Texas A&M University Faculty Senate, 2020
- Community Award For Tenacity And Service, Texas Coalition of Concerned Alcohol Drug Interventionists, 2019
- D. Frank Davis Professional and Community Outreach Award, Texas Association of Addiction Professional, 2019
- Award for Faculty and Student Development, Texas Association of Black Personnel In Higher Education, 2019
- Student affairs issues
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
- Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education
- Southern Association for College Student Affairs
- Hendricks, L. (2019). History of crack cocaine in America. Sentia Publishing, Austin, TX.
- Hendricks, L. (2018) Anger: Counseling from a Biblical Perspective. Sentia Publishing, Austin, TX.
- Hendricks, L., Edwards, W., Smith, T., Reysen, S. (2019). College students' knowledge, perceptions, attitude, and engagement in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement. Journal of Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, 1(1).
- Assis, N., Reysen, S., Gibson, S., & Hendricks, L. (2018). Perception of university responsibility and global citizenship identification. Journal of Educational Sciences and Psychology, 8, 19-30.
- Balkin, R., Reiner, S., Hendricks, L., Washington, A., McNeary, S., Juhnke, G., Hunter, Q. (2018). Life balance and work addiction among African Americans. The Career Development Quarterly, 66(1).
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, professor and head of the Department of Counseling at A&M-Commerce, is featured in two Fortune.com articles discussing the merits of earning a master’s degree in counseling. In the article: “How much can you earn with a master’s degree in counseling,” Hendricks offers potential career tracks for those earning a master’s degree in […]
Drs. Dimitra J. Smith and LaVelle Hendricks have teamed up again to co-author and illustrate their latest children’s book, “Domestic Violence: Smiling Faces Don’t Always Tell the Truth.” Released by First Service Publishers and available through Amazon, the book tells the fictional story of a respected doctor struggling with unresolved anger. Smith is a professor […]
A&M-Commerce faculty members Dr. Dimitra Smith and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks are co-authors of the recently released book “The Future of Black Leadership in Higher Education: Firsthand Experiences and Global Impact.” Published through IGI Global, the book highlights the importance of having Black academic leaders in higher education institutions to better serve Black student populations. With […]
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks recently received the Erma J. Hadley Academic Award from the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE). The award recognizes faculty who achieve academic success via curricular and co-curricular experiences. TABPHE also selected Hendricks to serve as president for a two-year term ending in February 2025. Hendricks is a professor […]