Grace Mims

Department Chair & Professor

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Grace Mims

About Me

“What I enjoy is seeing the students learn and grow and go on a personal journey as well as a professional journey, and being able to say I was a part of that.”

Professor Grace Mims specializes in marriage and family counseling and counseling ethics. She has counseled families for over 20 years.

Mims of Jefferson City, Mo. earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and her master’s degree in student affairs and community counseling from Western Illinois University in Macomb.

After working as a hall director at Western Illinois University, she earned her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

While working on her doctorate, Mims was sure that she wanted to be a clinician. But her student teaching experience sparked her interest in teaching.

“Teaching was fabulous. It was fun. I enjoyed it so much. I think it was my passion for counseling and being able to teach other people how to do that and how to help people.”

Mims worked as a staff counselor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. before becoming a professor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she taught for 15 years.

She came to UNK in 2008 and serves as a professor and chair of the Counseling and School Psychology Department.

Mims has conducted extensive research on the prevention of violence against women. As a staff counselor at Ball State University, Mims heard many stories from students about sexual assault. She began working on prevention programming there and continued her work at USD and UNK.

“There’s been too many women who have been sexually assaulted, stalked or battered.”

At USD, Mims conducted violence prevention trainings for K-12 students. She also coordinated diversity training to over 15,000 high school students over a 10-year period. Diversity training evaluation results were published in the Journal of Specialist in Group Work special edition. In 2000, Mims was awarded the North Central Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Outstanding Diversity Award for her efforts.

Her violence prevention evaluation results were published in the Handbook of Prevention and Intervention in Peer Harassment, Victimization, and Bullying titled, “Changing Violent Attitudes and Behaviors Through Prevention: A Close Look at a School-Based Program.” At UNK, Mims was integral in getting the Violence Against Women Rural Grant for the Women’s Center.

Mims is now coordinating the daylong Building Bridges Conference, which allows undergraduate students to explore graduate programs and careers in school psychology, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, student affairs and addictions counseling. For more information, go to


  • Collecting antiques. She has collections of Atkinson Fox prints, oak furniture, kitchen items, fishing lures, quilts, jewelry and more. Many of her antiques are displayed in her office.
  • Supporting son, Griffin’s, hobbies – orchestra, theater, speech and soccer.
  • Her spouse. Mims is married to Matthew Mims, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at UNK. The couple met at Western Illinois University, where they both worked as hall directors and took graduate classes together. They have been married for 23 years.