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Leah Alviar, Ph.D., LPC

Director, Center for Teaching Excellence


Leah Alviar, Ph.D., LPC, is OLLU's Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, which includes Online Learning. She has previously served as the Director for the Center of Teaching and Learning, as the sole Instructional Designer, an assistant professor with the OLLU Education Department, adjunct faculty, and course developer for the MA in School Counseling Online Program at OLLU. Alviar has more than 13 years' experience teaching university students in both the online and onsite environments and well as designing and developing graduate online courses.

Alviar is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor and has more than 19 years of experience in school counseling ranging from a DAEP campus of 1st- through 12th-grade students in Southside ISD, high school students in NISD, as well as middle school students in NEISD. She is the former Senator, Vice President, Winter Workshop Chair & By-Laws Chair for the South Texas Counseling Association, an active member of STCA and ACA, and is an active volunteer for several charities and non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area. Alviar is a published author, presents at local, state, and national levels and serves as editor for Ph.D. student dissertations.

Alviar earned her B.S. in Generic Special Education from Our Lady of the Lake University, her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.


  • Senator, Vice President, Winter Workshop Chair & By-Laws Chair for the South Texas Counseling Association


  • Alviar, L. J. (2009). Pilot study. In B. Erford (Ed.), American Counseling Association encyclopedia of counseling. Alexandria, VA: ACA.