Jaewoo Do

Student Spotlight: Jaewoo Do

Learning Environments &
Educational Studies

Jaewoo is currently seeking his PhD in education with the Learning Environments and Educational Studies (LEEDS) program. Originally from Seongju County, South Korea, he received his BS and MS in educational technology at the Andong National University. He came to Knoxville, TN and joined EPC in 2012. We asked him to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read his responses below.

Awards

2016, Selected Best Paper at the Convergent Research Society among Humanities, Sociology, Science, and Technology’s 10th International Interdisciplinary Workshop for Development of CS Course for Improving Creativity based on CPS Model: Focusing on Image-Making

2015, Certificate of Appreciation by Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee

2014, Certificate of Appreciation by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta for organizing and managing Korean Culture Show for Korean War Veterans

2013, Honorary Citizen by the City of Knoxville

Accomplishments

Publications

  • Do, J., & Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (in press). Designing and Developing Cell Phone Application for Qualitative Research. Qualitative Inquiry.
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Do, J., Deshpande, D., Skutnik, A. L., Murphy, B. K., & Garty, E. (2017). Narrative Inquiry with Activity Systems: A Story About Net Neutrality. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16(1), 1-11.
  • Howard, C. D., & Do, J. (2017). L2 (Im) politeness in the Synchronous Chat of Elementary School Learners. Teaching English with Technology, 17, 17-45.
  • Kim, J. & Do, J. (2016). Exploring the national competency standard curriculum of graduate school professors. Asia-Pacific Journal of Multimedia Services Convergent with Art, Humanities, and Sociology, 6, 145-153. (in Korean)
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Skutnik, A. L., Garty, E., & Do, J. (2016). Interactionist qualitative research as a semiotic mediation activity. SAGE Open, 6(3). doi:2158244016666889
  • Kim, J., & Do, J. (2015). Analysis of Blackboard system in Korea and the United States universities. Journal of Education and Culture, 21, 27-56. (in Korean)
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Do, J., Skutnik, A. L., Thompson, D. J., Stephens, A. F., & Tays, C. A. (2015). Design lessons about participatory self-directed online learning in a graduate level instructional technology course. Open Learning, 30, 178-189.
  • Kim, J., Kim, Y., Heo, S., & Do, J. (2017). University life and self-development. Seoul, Korea: Academia. (in Korean)

Jaewoo Do poster presentation on Developing and Using Cell Phone Application for Qualitative Resarch

Current Occupation

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Instructional Training & Development
Office of Information & Technology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

I design and deliver technology training, develop instructional materials, and provide technology consultations to faculty. Each project I have conducted has provided me an ideal learning environment for developing skills that are required for a prolific instructional designer.

Personal Interests

I am a coffee lover. I am enjoying my doctoral student life with a coffee adventure in Knoxville. At home, I make coffee with various methods, such as using an espresso machine, Kalita, and Aeropress. Each cup of home brew deserves to be savored with my unique coffee cups. Collecting coffee cups is one of my hobbies. Another hobby of mine is searching for local coffee shops in Knoxville. You never know when you will find a hidden gem. I’ve visited all local coffee shops in Knoxville, as well as a few surrounding areas, and have enjoyed their coffees. Some of these coffee shops are perfect places for writing a paper.

Do at coffee shop

Future/Vocational Goals

Recently, I decided to start my teaching career in the U.S. At the moment, I am seeking a faculty position by working on my dissertation. In addition, I’ve designed education programs and education systems for universities and companies in Korea as an instructional technology (IT) consultant. This position has helped me to reduce the gap between IT theory and practice. I’d like to conduct both an educator’s and a practitioner’s role in the field of instructional technology.

What sold you on this program?

When I prepared for studying abroad, I searched many universities that had an IT program. To me, UT’s LEEDS program looked like a new approach to IT, and it was. The LEEDS program is a unique interdisciplinary program. LEEDS is a blend of educational psychology, instructional design, and cultural studies in education. I believed that this interdisciplinary nature will give me more opportunities to learn new topics that are unfamiliar to me but can contribute to develop my ability for future endeavors in the field. Additionally, unlike other traditional IT programs, LEEDS curriculum includes new and interesting topics of IT that provide a new approach to IT research and practice.

What would you tell an incoming student who joins the program/department?

Before I started the program, I was in the instructional technology field for 10 years as a student and an instructional designer. From those experiences, I entered this program with a tentative future research topic. This topic was “improving student’s learning skills though a quantitative approach”. But now, my dissertation topic is “understanding instructor’s course design experiences with a qualitative approach”. As you see, there is a dramatic change in my research interest. The experiences in EPC including courses, GRA, collaboration, and research experiences have helped me to expand my view on research and to find what I want to investigate as a researcher. IT in the LEEDS program has its own unique characteristics compared to IT programs at other universities. Please be open and expand your view of IT with our programs.

Jaewoo Do givng presentation


EPC Alumnus Wins Teaching and Research Awards

Chad Luke, associate professor, won the Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and the College of Education Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Luke is an alumnus of the Counselor Education program and has been at TTU, in the Department of Counseling and Psychology, for six years.

Chad Luke

“I’m grateful to receive these awards in the same semester (while also being awarded tenure!), as I think it could highlight the complimentary nature of teaching and scholarship.”

The TTU Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching requires both faculty and student nominations. Luke was a finalist out of 800 nominations, and a committee selected him based on his portfolio submission. Their award announcement cited his humanistic approach to challenging students.

He said, “This particular award was a career goal of mine that I had kept to myself. To be recognized for my teaching at a place that is recognized historically as a teaching institution is quite sobering.”

Chad Luke at the College of Education Awards Ceremony

Photo by the TTU College of Education.

The College of Education Research and Creative Endeavors Award requires a demonstrated active research agenda in publishing, producing, and performing. When asked what made his nomination for this award stand out, Luke explained that he teaches 11 courses a year, on average, so to also have about 20 publications, including refereed journals, book chapters, and a book, seemed to exceed expectations.

He said, “I am proud to receive this kind of recognition in a college that has so many faculty working so hard and achieving so much!”


John J. Humphrey

Student Spotlight: John Humphrey

Applied Educational Psychology

John is currently seeking his MS in educational psychology with the Applied Educational Psychology program. Originally from Knoxville, TN, he received his BS in education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined EPC in 2016. We asked him to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read his responses below.

Accomplishments
Current Occupation

Director of Operations
UT Conference Center
Knoxville, TN

I devote most of my time mentoring student workers; organizing sales, catering, and FOH staff; facilitate online learning for a culinary certificate program.

John Humphrey at office

Personal Interests

Enjoy spending time with my wife (Lydia), my two dogs (Leo & Izzie), and pursuing a lifelong goal of visiting every NFL stadium. I enjoy spending time at church where I teach a Sunday school class and lead the choir.

Future/Vocational Goals

I would like to become a department head, an administrator, or maybe even do some teaching.

What sold you on this program?

The online component was a big key. The structure (night classes, 2 classes per semester) seemed very manageable to full-time employee.

What do you think has been the most rewarding/challenging?

Meeting the diverse group of people with different experiences and viewpoints. Group activities have been great, as well as class content. I am currently using, and even putting into practice, many things I have already learned in the program.


Denton Chosen as Administrative Coordinator

Whitney Denton has been hired to fill the administrative coordinator position within the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department. Denton is a graduate of the Adult Education program, and will be joining us after three years with the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. We asked her some questions about her new role, which begins July 31, 2017. Read her responses below.

 

“I want to thank the department for this opportunity, and I look forward to many years of dedicated work.”


What drew you to EPC?

After arriving at the university, I began my interaction with EPC the following January when I started classes toward my master’s in the department. This interaction with faculty, coupled with interaction with some of the staff members, made the decision to apply for this position an easy one. This department is full of vibrant, supportive individuals creating the synergy that drives the department toward excellence.

How do you feel about being chosen as the new administrative coordinator?

I am excited about partnering with the department to support faculty, staff, and students in EPC programs while continuing to grow professionally. As the new administrative coordinator, I hope to continue the exemplary level of work and dedication set by April Phillips. I am enthusiastic about diving in and discovering where I can contribute as she did.

What are you looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to integrating myself in the department, being impactful in its continued success, and discovering how I can lend my skills to enhancing excellent programs.


2017-18 EPC Fellowship/Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-18 fellowship/scholarship recipients from the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department!

Brenna Berry  Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement
– Tennessee Graduate Fellowship Excellence

Ben Gaertner  School Counseling
– Eugene and Mary Sue Akins Graduate Fellowship

Takuya Hayakawa Learning Environments & Educational Studies
– Travis Hawk Fellowship

Douglas Johnston  School Counseling
– Eugene and Mary Sue Akins Graduate Fellowship

Ashley Kennedy  School Counseling
– Helen Carter Murray Scholarship

Rachel Ladd Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement
– Travis Hawk Fellowship

Jessica Marzi  Counselor Education
– Access & Diversity Fellowship
– Dr. Stephen Lee Alderton Graduate Fellowship

Sara Nasrollahian Adult Learning
– Travis Hawk Fellowship

Christina Nesbit  Clinical Mental Health Counseling
– Charles Lowell Thompson Fellowship

Alex Price  School Psychology
– Tennessee Graduate Fellowship Excellence

Jonah Ruddy  School Psychology
– Dr. Richard Yoakley Fellowship

Lynnette Whitsitt  School Psychology
– J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Fellowship

Mary Wynn  Clinical Mental Health Counseling
– Charles Lowell Thompson Fellowship


Spring 2017 Graduates & Certificate Recipients

The Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling wants to congratulate the graduates and  from six of our programs who earned their degrees and recipients from four of our graduate certificate programs who complete necessary requirements during the spring 2017 semester.

To see photos of our recent graduates, please go to the “EPC Graduates” album on our EPC Facebook page.

Karen Elizabeth Brinkley
Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Ann Marie Cisney-Booth
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Jaya Lyn Cookston
MS in Education – Instructional Technology
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning

Courtney Brooke Davis
MS in Counseling – School Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Whitney Suzanne Denton
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Nina Marie Ditommaso
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Ellyn Kelly Domanico
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lauren Ridley Fraser
MS in Counseling – School Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Erin Rochelle Garty
MS in Education – Instructional Technology
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning

Marta Magdalena Goebel-Pietrasz
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Tiffany Hattley
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Kendall Bree Hauck
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Brittany Susan Hill
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Peter Lawrence Ignacio
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Caroline Marie Jaquett
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Savannah Rachel Ladage
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Emily Earlynn Lauer
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Rebekah Grace Livingston
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Sondra Marie LoRe
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Sherry Ann Marlow Ormsby
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Sarah Ellen McMurray
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

James Ray Michel
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Maya Mingo
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Jonah Lee Ruddy
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Terilyn Chiemi Shigeno
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Kala Lane Taylor
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Victoria Gail Vanmarren
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Elizabeth Morgan Zeller
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

*If you are one of the graduates listed above and would like to have your photo added to our EPC Graduates Facebook album, then please email your picture to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu.

**If you were an Educational Psychology and Counseling student who graduated during this time frame, yet have unintentionally been omitted from this list, please send your name, degree, and major/concentration to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu. We will add you to the list after receiving this information from you and confirming your graduation status.


Lisa Shipley

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Shipley

Instructional Technology

Lisa earned an MS in education with a concentration in the Instructional Technology, or IT Online, program in 2015. We asked her to reflect on past experiences with EPC and discuss where she’s at now. Read her responses below.

Current Occupation

Information & Technology Manager / Consultant III
Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Institute for Public Service
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

I provide IT consulting and professional development opportunities to Tennessee municipal governments in the areas of cyber security and data assurance. I develop and maintain multiple databases for our internal processes and am responsible for our website.

Awards and Accomplishments Earned as a Student
  • Phi Kappa Phi – 2015
Accomplishments since Graduating

A colleague and I presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2016. The presentation, “Building Lifelong Learning Skills through Peer-Supported Formative Assessment”, came directly from a class project. This was my first academic paper presentation and I was thrilled to see the number of attendees at the session. Gaining feedback and insight from others really enhanced my experience as a presenter.

Personal Interests

I am finishing my second year as a doctoral student in the LEEDS (Learning Environments and Educational Studies) program and I don’t have a lot of free time. The time I do have is prioritized for my family and my health. I have a blast spending time with my sons and watching them discover their passions in life. I also enjoy time at the gym and working to improve my physical strength and endurance. Plus its a great stress reducer!

Lisa Shipley and family

What sold you on this program?

My department began looking at providing online courses to our customers in 2011/12. We wanted to enable municipal officials, who were not available to attend a daytime face-to-face training class, professional development opportunities. Going online seemed the way to go. I started the IT master’s program to increase my knowledge about educational theory, online learning, and assessment. I was sold on the IT program when I discovered that I could attend online and be home in the evenings with my children. I thought it was fitting that a program about IT was offered online – we were learning in the same format as we would be teaching!

What would you tell an incoming student in the program?

I would tell an incoming IT Online student to take advantage of each and every opportunity to collaborate with your peers and your professors. I learned so much from others during my program and established relationships that I will continue for many years to come.

Did you end up where you thought you would?

I had been out of school for a very long time when I began the IT Online program. I never would have guessed that my desire to learn how I might best implement online learning at work would turn into a six year academic career resulting in multiple degrees. I developed a love for learning new skills in an academic setting and taking on new challenges. When associate professor, Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, mentioned the LEEDS program to our IT cohort, I realized that I did not want my academic career to end and spoke with her about what it would take to become a student in the doctoral program. I have discovered that I thoroughly enjoy the academic environment, the challenge of producing valuable research, and would like to teach at the college level in the future. This is far from my starting goal yet my experiences in EPC have led me to a new understanding of what I’d like to do next in my career.

Lisa Shipley and family


“The IT Online program is fabulous and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in online learning.”


Painter Wins CE&S Editorial Fellow

Everett Painter, PhD candidate in the Counselor Education program, was selected as the 2017-18 Counselor Education and Supervision (CE&S) Editorial Fellow.

Everett Painter

“This role represents the next step (focus) in my development as an engaged counselor educator. I have an interest in scholarly publishing and this opportunity will provide insight into the process. By working with my mentor, I will learn a great deal more (in both breadth and depth) than I would have by simply undertaking this work on my own.”

Painter learned of the opportunity through the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). CE&S is their official publication, and this is the inaugural year of the editorial fellowship program. The intent is to match doctoral students and early career assistant professors with peer review mentors from the editorial board of the journal, in order to learn more about reviewing and making decisions about submitted articles for publication.

He explained, “in collaboration with my mentor (Texas A&M assistant professor, Kevin Snow) I will review submitted journal articles, help develop notes that will be send back to the authors, and help make a decision about the disposition of the manuscripts in their current form. Fellows are also expected to present at either an ACES or regional ACES conference regarding issues pertaining to scholarly research and publication.”

Painter is already reviewing his second manuscript as an editorial fellow, and he said he deeply appreciates the continued support of UT’s Counselor Education faculty.


Erin Mehalic Burr

Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Erin earned a PhD in educational psychology and research with a concentration in evaluation and assessment (now known as the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program) in 2009. She is originally from Surry, VA and currently lives in Knoxville, TN. We asked her to reflect on past experiences with EPC and discuss where she’s at now. Read her responses below.

Current Occupation

Senior Evaluator & Section Manager of Assessment & Evaluation (A&E)
Scientific Assessment & Workforce Development (SAWD)
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge, TN

I manage the SAWD A&E team at ORAU. My team evaluates STEM education and workforce development programs for the US Department of Energy, other US government agencies, and ORAU that target K-12 students and teachers; university students and faculty; and PhD-level researchers. Our focus has been on evaluating federally funded programs at national laboratories and universities.

Awards and Accomplishments Earned as a Student
  • Lots of travel grants to attend professional conferences to give presentations. (2004-2009)
Accomplishments since Graduating

My greatest accomplishment was the opportunity to develop my own evaluation team, the Assessment and Evaluation group at ORAU. I started at ORAU in 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow in evaluation, and was hired as a full-time employee in 2011. Since then, I have grown our STEM Workforce Development (WD) evaluation portfolio to include a diverse set of approximately 30 evaluation projects. Projects in our portfolio include annual evaluations of STEM WD programs and program portfolios at national laboratories and other federal agencies, longitudinal evaluations of portfolios of STEM WD programs for national laboratories and federal agencies, external evaluations of NSF and NIH grants awarded to Principal Investigators at universities, evaluations of processes for federal agencies, and evaluations of support services at national laboratories. Now, I manage a team of 5 full-time employees that I absolutely love. I am likely to hire a few more people in the near future as business continues to grow.

Other highlighted accomplishments include:

  • One project that I am particularly proud of is the evaluation I designed and implemented for the portfolio of STEM workforce development programs at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. This evaluation was selected as an exemplary evaluation by the STEM Education & Training Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Later, I have became the Chair of that Topical Interest Group and have had the opportunity to take a greater leadership role in STEM workforce development evaluation outside of ORAU.
  • This past year, in the 70th anniversary edition of the ORAU annual report, I was recognized as a thought leader in our organization.
Personal Interests

Spending time with family, going on vacations to the beach, and relaxing on my screened-in porch.

Causes I support:

  • Protecting the environment, nature conservation, and protecting wildlife – I grew up next to a state park.
  • Mental health – I have personal experience struggling with mental health and have worked hard to be successful despite my challenges. I strive to impress upon others that mental health is not something to be ashamed of or for others to judge. We need to support people with mental health challenges, because with the right support systems, they can do amazing things.
  • People with disabilities – my daughter has a rare chromosome disorder that has presented her with many challenges, yet she is the happiest little girl despite it all. She inspires me. Before I had kids and my hobbies didn’t pose a safety risk to them, I enjoyed wood carving and making jewelry.
What was a memorable experience during your time here?

I had never attended a university with a football team before – UT is quite the place to land for a first-time university football experience. Sooo much fun!

What would you tell an incoming/current student in the program/department?

Make sure you develop strong project management skills along with evaluation skills. The larger, more complex a program is, the more relevant they are to your success. Project management is very important for many evaluation positions. Even if someone else is serving in the project manager role on an evaluation you are conducting, understanding all that project management involves will make you a better team member.

Did you end up where you thought you would?

No – I thought I would have to go to Washington DC, but I got a great job doing what I love in Oak Ridge, TN.


“I see the fields of evaluation, statistics, and measurement being more important than ever and anticipate that there will continue to be plenty of job opportunities for our graduates as a result.”


EPC Members Commended at the CEHHS Faculty & Staff Recognition Ceremony

Eighteen members of EPC were commended at the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony on April 27, 2017.

To see photos from the event, please go to the “EPC at the 2017 CEHHS Faculty & Staff Recognition Ceremony” album on our EPC Facebook page.


Awards

College Senate Departmental Staff Award
Recognizes a departmental-level non-exempt staff person who has provided exceptional contributions to his/her department (going above & beyond job expectations to accommodate students and faculty, contributing to a positive and supportive work culture and environment).

April Phillips
Administrative Specialist I


Helen B. Watson Faculty/Student Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Awarded to a student and the faculty member who directed the outstanding doctoral dissertation within the departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Counseling; Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; or Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

Dareen Basma
PhD in Counselor Education (’16)
Bob KronickRobert Kronick
Professor in Counselor Education


“Working with Dareen Basma was an incredible experience. Her dissertation is a work of art. Her position at Carnegie Mellon speaks to her personal and professional acumen. The award is an affirmation of her work.”



Helen B. Watson Outstanding Faculty Research Award
Awarded to a full-time faculty member or team within the departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Counseling; Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; or Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

Robert L. Williams
Professor in School Psychology

“I deeply appreciate the initiative of close colleagues in transmitting information regarding my work to the College Senate for consideration for the two awards I received.”


John H. Tunstall Outstanding Faculty Award
Awarded to an outstanding faculty member who is involved in the preparation of teachers, administrators, or others entering the field of education. The faculty member shall have a distinguished record in teaching, research, or community service or any combination of the three.

Lauren Moret

Lauren Moret
Assistant Professor in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement


John H. Tunstall Outstanding Staff Award
Awarded annually to a staff member who has executed their duties in an exemplary manner in support of those programs which prepare “teacher, administrators, or others entering the field of education.”

Synthia Clark
Administrative Specialist I

“Being part of Let’s Talk QUAL with with Lauren and Duncan has been such a pleasurable and rewarding experience! This initiative has pushed my design, research, and presentation skills.


Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Faculty Support in Education Award
Awarded to a faculty member in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences related to the preparation of teachers involved in K-12 education. This award serves to highlight outstanding research and teaching efforts.

Robert L. Williams
Professor in School Psychology

“I deeply appreciate the initiative of close colleagues in transmitting information regarding my work to the College Senate for consideration for the two awards I received.”


Recognition

Casey A. Barrio Minton
Associate Professor in Counselor Education

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy
– Recognized under Presidents of National/International Professional Organizations for being President-Elect of Southern Association of Counselor Education & Supervision
– Recognized under Recipients of National/International Professional Awards for Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award from American Counseling Association


Synthia Clark
Administrative Specialist I

– Recognized under Support Staff Awards and Certifications for UT Employee and Organizational Development Certificates in Customer Relations and Communications


Gail Cope
Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under 2016-17 Faculty & Staff Retirements (1977-2017)


Lisa Crawford
Associate Director of Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the Tennessee Department of Education Regional Educator Summits, SCORE, $281,672


Melinda M. Gibbons
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor in Counselor Education

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Associate Editor of Professional School Counseling Journal


Aaron Kohring
Director of Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under UT Support Staff Service Awards for fifteen years of service


Robert Kronick
Professor in Counselor Education & Director of University-Assisted Community Schools

– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Excellence in Academic Outreach


R. Steve McCallum
Professor for School Psychology

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Co-Founder & Consulting Editor of Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
– Recognized under Authors/Editors of Books and Assessments for Handbook of Nonverbal Intelligence (2nd ed). New York: Springer.
– Recognized under Recipients of National/International Professional Awards for Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Georgia


S. Wayne Mulkey
Clinical Professor & Co-Program Coordinator in Rehabilitation Counseling

– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Extraordinary Service to the University


April Phillips
Administrative Coordinator III

– Recognized under 2016-17 Faculty & Staff Retirements (1983-2017)


Shawn L. Spurgeon
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

– Recognized under Presidents of National/International Professional Organizations for being Board of Directors of National Board for Certified Counselors
– Recognized under Presidents of National/International Professional Organizations for being Past-President of Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision


Qi Sun
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor in Adult Learning

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Co-Editor of Journal of Research and Theory


Barbara Thayer-Bacon
Program Coordinator & Professor in Learning Environments & Educational Studies/Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Philosophy and Education
– Recognized under Authors/Editors of Books and Assessments for Relational Ontologies. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Excellence in Advising Award


Laura S. Wheat
Assistant Professor in Counselor Education & Coordinator of Grief Outreach Initiative

– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Extraordinary Community Service Award


Connie White
Associate Director of School & Family Programs for Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant, Tennessee Department of Education, $2,332,268
– Recognized under UT Support Staff Service Awards for twenty-five years of service