Casey A. Barrio Minton joined the University of Tennessee and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling as an associate professor for Counselor Education in August of 2015. We asked her to reflect on her first semester here. Read her responses below.
What sold you on UT?
I had the opportunity to serve on professional boards with several counselor education faculty members and students over the years, so I already knew a bit about the program and program values. When preparing for my campus visit, I found myself intrigued with just how well the counselor education program seemed to fit with my professional values. Finally, when visiting campus, I found myself both impressed with faculty accomplishments and at home with faculty, staff, and students. It just felt right.
What do you think was most rewarding or challenging about being a new faculty member?
I have been a faculty member before, so I am quite used to roles and responsibilities. Although learning new people, places, and procedures takes time and energy, doing so also opens the door for new opportunities. I have very much enjoyed developing relationships with colleagues and students, discovering mutual interests, and finding ways to grow together.
What has been your most memorable experience this semester?
I am serving as co-faculty advisor for our program’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the honor society for professional counselors. Recently, we had an opportunity to induct new members into the society. Our initiates brought friends and family to celebrate, all faculty members attended, and we had a chance to just be together while sharing in the occasion.
What’s your favorite activity outside of work.
I have a toddler, and we love exploring new places together. She loved exploring the mountains in the fall — and I can’t wait to help her discover waterfalls this spring.