Staff profile

Professor James Sampson

Visiting Professor in Career Development and Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS)


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


I am an international guidance expert and a Visiting Professor of Career Development & Management at the University of Derby, International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS). I am a Professor of  Psychological Services in Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University and Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development College of Education, Florida State University. I have considerable experience of working with guidance organisations throughout the UK and further afield. I have recently worked in Italy on behalf of iCeGS, undertaking research into ICT skills for Guidance Counsellors. In recent years, I have concentrated my UK activities on supporting national careers service organisations, such as Careers Scotland and Northern Ireland Careers & Guidance Services; Connexions Services in the East and West Midlands; and University Careers Advisory Services to design and implement improved career resources and services for young people and adults. I have developed highly innovative methods and materials designed to inform and support staff working in a range of differing guidance settings such as schools, colleges, community centres and higher education institutions.

I also specialise in the design and use of information and communications technology (ICT) in career guidance and counselling. My focus has included designing counselling strategies to help young people and adults make good use of computer applications, creating implementation strategies for the cost-effective use of ICT, and the design of need-based web sites for careers and guidance services. I have been awarded several prestigious US national awards for my contribution to enhancing careers research, policy and practice, including the JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Technology in Career Development (2004), and the American Career Development Association Eminent Career Award (2001).

Recent publications

iCeGS publications include: