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John Krumboltz

John Krumboltz
John Krumboltz
Academic Title 
Professor Emeritus
Contact Information
(650) 723-2108
EDUC 319
Program Affiliations 

Use of Virtual Job Experiences to motivate occupational exploration;

An experimental comparison of happenstance counseling vs. traditional career counseling;

The effects of written self-help materials on perfectionism and the willingness to take risks.

Dr. Krumboltz is a specialist in counseling psychology. He helps counselors learn how to help their clients take actions to create more satisfying lives for themselves. His research covers tracing the roots of academic, career, and personal problems, as well as studying the emotional outcomes of learning experiences, and the use of multimedia in simulating occupational activities. Dr. Krumboltz is also a leader in the theory of career counseling. His social learning theory postulates that career transitions result from an uncountable number of learning experiences made possible by both planned and unplanned encounters with the people, institutions and events in each person's particular environment.

"The reluctance to make an occupational commitment in the face of unpredictable future events should be celebrated as open-mindedness, not denigrated as indecisiveness."

- from a 1998 article, "Serendipity Is Not Serendipitous"

  • PhD (Counseling & Educational Psychology), University of Minnesota, 1955
  • MA (Guidance), Columbia University, 1951
  • BA (Psychology), Coe College, 1950

Since 1961.

Associate Professor of Education and Psychology (1961-1966);

Professor of Education and Psychology (1966 - ).

Research Psychologist, U.S. Air Force (1955-1957);

Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology, Michigan State University (1957-1959);

Associate Professor of Education and Psychology, Michigan State University (1959-1961).

  • Career and Personal Counseling (Ed 134, Psych 192)
  • Introduction to Counseling (Ed 130)
  • Mediation for Dispute Resolution (Ed 131X; Psych 152)
  • Undergraduate Honors Seminar (Ed 199A, 199B, 199C)

Krumboltz, J.D., & Levin, A.S. (2004). Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career. Atascadero, CA: Impact Publishers.

Chang, T., Yeh, C. J., & Krumboltz, J. D. (2001). Process and outcome evaluation of an on-line support group for Asian American male college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 48, 319-329.

Vosvick, M., Gore-Felton, C., Koopman, C., Thoresen, C., Krumboltz, J. & Spiegel, D. (2002). Maladaptive coping strategies in relation to quality of life among HIV+ adults. AIDS and Behavior, 6(1), 97-106.

Krumboltz, J. D. (2002). The case of the goal-seeking accountant. In Spencer G. Niles, Jane Goodman and Mark Pope (Eds.), The career counseling casebook: A resource for practitioners, students, and counselor educators (pp. 154-158). Tulsa, OK: National Career Development Association.

Gore, P. A., Jr., Leuwerke, W. C., & Krumboltz, J. D. (2002). Time for a paradigm upgrade. The Counseling Psychologist, 30, 847-857.

Krumboltz, J. D., & Henderson, S. J. (2002). A learning theory for career counselors. In Spencer G. Niles (Ed.), Adult career development: Concepts, Issues and Practices (3rd ed.) (pp. 41-58). Tulsa, OK: National Career Development Association.

Krumboltz, J. D. (2002). Encouraging research: Make it collegial, enjoyable, and relevant. American Psychologist, 57, 928-940.

Vosvick, M., Koopman, C., Gore-Felton, C., Thoresen, C., Krumboltz, J., and Spiegel, D. (2003). Relationship of functional quality of life to strategies for coping with the stress of living with HIV/AIDS. Psychosomatics, 44, 51-58.

Krumboltz, J. D., & Kolpin, T. G. (2003). Guidance and counseling, school. In James W. Guthrie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education (2nd ed.) (Vol. 3, pp. 975-980). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Mitchell, K. E., Levin, A. S., & Krumboltz, J. D. (2003). Un modello di orientamento alternative: La casualita pianificata. In Claudia Montedoro and Giacomo Zagardo (Eds.), Maturare per orientarsi (pp. 317-335). Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli.

Krumboltz, J. D. (2004). Creating and capitalizing on happenstance in educational and vocational guidance. In Jean-Pierre Dauwalder, Roland Kunz and Jorg Renz (Eds.), Quality development in vocational counseling and training (pp. 30-34). Berne, Switzerland: Herausgeber.

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Career Assessment (1992 - );

Member, Editorial Board, Educational Research Journal (1995 - );

Member, Board of Trustees, H.B. McDaniel Foundation (1988 - ).

In 2004 only:

American Counseling Association, Kansas City, MO

ProMatch, Sunnyvale, CA

California Association of School Counselors, Santa Rosa, CA

Chi Sigma Iota Honorary Counseling Organization, Sacramento, CA;

National Career Development Association, San Francisco, CA

American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI

International Career Development Association, Sacramento, CA

New Jersey Community College Counselors Association, Edison, NJ

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