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Rehabilitation Counseling MS


Rehabilitation Counseling

Cory is currently seeking his MS in counseling, with a concentration in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. Originally from Aurora, IL, he received his BS in communicative disorders from Northern Illinois University and joined UT Knoxville in 2015. We asked him to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read his responses below.

Accomplishments

I accepted a position with Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults as Southeast Regional Representative serving MS, AL, GA, FL, VI and PR.

Current Occupation

Southeast Regional Representative
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Sands Point, NY

Personal Interests

Avid bookworm and enjoys cooking.

Future/Vocational Goals

I plan to continue my focus in Deaf-Blindness. This is a new focus in my career.

What sold you on this program?

I was attending the 2014 Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID) in North Carolina. A former UT Rehab student asked if I had a master’s degree after listening to me give a presentation. I said I was interested and the rest is history.

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

The rewarding thing about this program is after 17 years in the field of rehabilitation, this program enhances my knowledge and I am better prepared to serve individuals who utilize VR services.


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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 accomodate students and faculty, contributing to a positive and supportive work culture and environment.

Synthia Clark

Synthia Clark
Administrative Specialist I

“I am so lucky to work in a department with such caring, supportive, and appreciative individuals!”

 


The 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.

Elizabeth Hays

Elizabeth Hays
“It is such an honor to have my dissertation recognized by the college. I am so grateful for the support and expertise of my chair, Steve McCallum, and my other committee members who made this study a possibility.”

Steve McCallumR. Steve McCallum
“It was a pleasure to chair Elizabeth’s dissertation. Her work has been extremely strong throughout her time at UT, in the classroom, in applied settings, and as a researcher; her dissertation is just one more example of her ability to conceptualize, conduct, and disseminate research. I consider her among the strongest students whom I have worked with during my 30+ years in higher education, and I’m happy the college was able to recognize and reward her work!”



CEHHS Board of Advisors Faculty Support Award
Awarded to recognize current/past accomplishments or future projects of one outstanding faculty member for teaching/research/service efforts in any area within CEHHS.

Steve McCallumR. Steve McCallum
Professor in School Psychology

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the CEHHS Board of Advisors for their recognition and support of my work. Over the years I have worked closely with board members and know firsthand of their many contributions to the college!”

 

Recognition

 Casey A. Barrio Minton
Associate Professor in Counselor Education

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Editor of Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy
– Recognized under Authors/Editors of Books and Assessments for Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association
– Recognized under Recipients of National/International Professional Awards for Outstanding Research Award from Chi Sigma Iota International


Bonnie Bull
Administrative Support Assistant III

– Recognized under University of Tennessee Support Staff Service Awards for five years of service


Stephanie Cowherd
Associate Director of Corporate Connections for Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the Tennessee DHS/Division of Rehabilitation Services/UT CLEE from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, $788,443


Joel F. Diambra
Associate Department Head & Director of Graduate Studies

– Recognized under Recipients of National/International Professional Awards for Outstanding Counselor Educator of the Year from the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision


Patrick L. Dunn
Program Co-Coordinator for Rehabilitation Counseling

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the Long-Term Training: Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf from the US Department of Education – Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, $148,492


Sandra Fugate
Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under 2014-15 Faculty & Staff Retirements (2000-2015)


Melinda Gibbons
Program Coordinator for Counselor Education/School Counseling

– Recognized under Editors/Co-Editors of Peer Reviewed Publications for being Associate Editor of Professional School Counseling Journal
– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the PIPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science among Rural Appalachian Youth from the Office of Research Infrastructure Program, $209,136


Aaron Kohring
Director for Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers Program from the US Department of Education, $284,750 and the Transition & Self Determination Support from the Tennessee Department of Education, $549,105


Robert Kronick
Professor for School Counseling & Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Alumni Public Service Award
– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the University-Assisted Community School from the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc., $100,000


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 Reading Assessment: A One-Stop Resource for Prospective and Practicing Educators. Routledge: Taylor and Francis
– Recognized under Authors/Editors of Books and Assessments for Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test 2. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed Publishing Company
– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Research & Creative Achievement Award


Merilee McCurdy
Program Coordinator for School Psychology

– Recognized under Presidents of National/International Professional Organizations for being Chair of Council for Directors of School Psychology Programs


Jennifer Ann Morrow
Program Coordinator for Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

– Recognized under Chancellor’s Honors Awards for the Excellence in Teaching Award


Roma Powis
Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

– Recognized under 2014-15 Faculty & Staff Retirements (2004-2015)


Stephanie Robinson
Institute for Assessment & Evaluation

– Recognized under 2014-15 Faculty & Staff Retirements (1994-2015)


Connie Settle
Institute for Assessment & Evaluation

– Recognized under 2014-15 Faculty & Staff Retirements (1993-2015)


Barbara Thayer-Bacon
Program Coordinator for 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


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

– Recognized under Grants and Contracts Recipients for the Tennessee Teachers’ Professional Development Event Support from the Tennessee Department of Education, $2,214,746 and the Tennessee Teachers’ Professional Development Event Support from the Tennessee Department of Education, $877,092


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Carrie Ann Bailey
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Nicholaus TJ Barajas
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Tiffany Paige Brooks
PhD in Counselor Education

Allison Enders Hunt Buck
PhD in School Psychology

Lauren Elizabeth Bussey
PhD in Counselor Education

Brittany Ann Carstens
PhD in School Psychology

Carly Ann Chwat
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Corey Alan DeHart
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Kevin Lee Fowler
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Linda K. Gehron
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Melanie Carol Hamilton
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Martha Lynn Henry
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Amy Carol Howell
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Caroline Marie Jacquett
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Chandra Ann Johnson
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Kayla Chelsea Knoll
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Debra Suzette Lee
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Susan Lynn Long
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Stephanie Leanne Moskal
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Judith S. Norton
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Niranji Anuradha Pathirage Dopa Pathirage
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Cynthia Noblin Perry
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Brittany Lynn Pollard
PhD in Counselor Education

Colin Christopher Quillivan
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Alessandra Joy Rhinehart
PhD in Counselor Education

Stracee Evette Robinson
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Hailey Keegan Sands
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jessica Schilling
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Janel Marie Seeley
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Sultana Aaliuah Shabazz
PhD in Education – Learning Environments & Educational Studies

Tiffany Leigh Shaw
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Lisa A. Shipley
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Heather Anne Stewart
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Collaborative Learning

Kelly Michelle Strickland (posthumous)
MS in Education – Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Mary Elizabeth Swiatek
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Kellee Renee Vess
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Lauren Ashley Wade Walsh
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

*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.


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Rehabilitation Counseling

Stacy is currently seeking her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Deafness Focus. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana she received her BA in psychology at Clark University and came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015. We asked her to reflect on some of her past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

work

Current Occupation

Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services in Lafayette, LA

I work with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers who are interested in finding or maintaining employment. I assist with finding an appropriate employment goal, evaluating assistive technology needs, and ensuring that the consumer is successful in their chosen field. A lot of what I do is advocating for my clients and also teaching them to advocate for themselves.

hikingPersonal Interests

I work full time and am a graduate student, so my hobbies are not getting much of my attention right now! When I do take a break, I like to go camping, hiking, or kayaking with my partner. I also love to hand quilt and am a member of the Lafayette Modern Quilt Guild. I love hand piecing and quilting because it is relaxing and meditative-a nice contrast to grad school.

Future/Vocational Goals

After earning my master’s degree, I plan to continue my work at Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. I love my job and am thrilled that I am learning more skills and obtaining more knowledge to better assist my clients.

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

I’ve only just begun my program here, but the most challenging part is finding time to be a full-time student while working full time. The most rewarding aspect has been the people I have met. We spent a week on campus and I was able to personally meet my professors and advisor. I also spent the week with my classmates—that was invaluable! I consider many of them my friends and we are already planning a reunion trip.

What sold you on this program/university?

I researched a few schools that offered this program and emailed them requesting more information. I was contacted almost immediately by Wayne Mulkey, program coordinator. He talked to me for a long time and was so kind and encouraging. I never even applied to the other schools – I knew I wanted to go to UT Knoxville!

 


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Janine Amina Al-Aseer
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Virginia Gail Britt
PhD in Education – Instructional Technology

Shealy Ann Browder
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Steven Lee Carter
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Brittany Jo Daulton
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Candace Elizabeth Devan
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Victoria Lauren Domico
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Cheri Lynn Elkins
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Ryan Elizabeth Gilfillan

MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Connie Jo Miller
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Lucia Gimena Miranda
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kara Elizabeth Rauch
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Laura Kathleen Reasor
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Andrea Nicole Sullivan
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Iesha N. Williams
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.

Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

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1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
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