Kathy Bonnar, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Program Leader – Human Services and Human Services Administration

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. Bonnar began teaching at Concordia University Chicago as an adjunct instructor in 2004.  She accepted a full-time position as Assistant Professor in 2010.

Dr. Bonnar loves teaching Concordia students and over the years has taught a number of courses in the Counselor Education Program which have included Introduction to the Counseling Profession, Counseling Theory and Practice, Counseling Skills, Career Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Group Counseling, Counseling and Human Development, School Counseling Program Development and Organization, Counseling and Consulting in Schools and Cognitive Development: Theory and Implications.  She especially enjoys working with the counseling education students in their practicums and internships as they complete their program and begin their careers as counselors.

She also has an avid interest in older adults and the aging process.  Dr. Bonnar has researched the meaning of work for older adults from the their perspective and continues to work with the older population in a variety of venues.

While living in Austin, TX, she worked at Concordia University Austin as an adjunct instructor and provided career counseling services to students on campus. 

Dr. Bonnar had the opportunity to teach Conversational English to Chinese English Teachers in Panzhihua, China.  She enjoyed working with the instructors there and would love to do more international work.

Prior to working with Concordia University, Dr. Bonnar provided management training as a consultant for Walgreens, worked as an Educational Development Counselor with General Motors and provided group career development workshops and individual career counseling to employees working for IBM.


  • Ed.D., Adult Education. National Louis University, Chicago.
  • M.A., Counseling and Guidance. Concordia University River Forest, River Forest, Ill.
  • B.A., History Education. University of Illinois, Chicago.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Nationally Certified Career Counselor
  • Human Services Board Certified Practitioner
  • Board Certified Coach
  • Global Career Development Facilitator

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • “The Age of Aging:  A Conversation.” (with T. Anton; J. Olshansky; K. Bonnar). Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL, June 2013.
  • “Round Table:  Why Work?  Why Not!  Older Adults Tell It Like It Is:  What Baby Boomers, Adult Educators, and Management Can Learn From Current Older Adult Workers and the Role of Ageism in the Workforce.” Adult Education Research Conference, St. Louis, MO,  May 2013.
  • “Working to Live.” Grace Lutheran Church Age of Aging Series, River Forest IL, March 2013.
  • “Why Work?  Why Not!  Older Adults Tell It Like It Is.” (with K. Bonnar, and J. Skorek). 2013 American Society on Aging National Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2013.
  • “Round Table:  Bullying in the Workplace:  What Students Entering the Workforce Need to Know.”  (with K. Bonnar, and J. Skorek). Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, October 2012.
  • “Assisting Those Examining Life-after-Work Options: Are Financial Literacy Needs Important to this Group?" 2012 Hawaii University International Conferences on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, January 2012.
  • “Integrity Versus Despair: A Phenomenological Study of the Meaning of Work for Older Adults Through Erik Erikson’s Eighth Stage of Development.” Research Forum; National Louis University, Chicago, IL, April 2011.


  • American Counseling Association
  • American Society on Aging
  • National Association for Human Services
  • National Career Development Association