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FS_Wheat_02.04.15

School Counseling

Laura S. Wheat joined the University of Tennessee and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling as Clinical Assistant Professor, Coordinator for Grief Outreach Initiative, and Graduate Certificate Coordinator for Grief, Loss, and Trauma in August of 2014. We asked her to reflect on her first semester here. Read her responses below.

What sold you on UTK?
Believe it or not, I was born sold on UTK!  My paternal relatives have lived in East Tennessee for generations and my father made sure the first song I learned was Rocky Top.  I feel proud to be the first person in my family to give back as a faculty member!

What would you tell the next new faculty member who joins EPC?
I would remind them to take it slow.  Regardless of whether they have been faculty somewhere else before, transitions and learning new systems and new groups of people take time and energy.  It’s easy to forget that in the fast paced life we live, but in order to adjust well, we must give ourselves grace and attend to our needs so we can function at peak performance.

What has been your most memorable experience this semester?
The most professionally memorable experience so far has been witnessing the Grief Outreach Initiative mentors’ reflections on their experiences in the program.  The GOI is truly special and changes not just the mentees, but the lives of the mentors as well, in ways they never imagined going in.  I’m so proud of them all!  And the most personally memorable experience so far was finally moving to a place that was already home and where I have family.  Sitting in my empty apartment on day one after a pretty tough drive in from Georgia, it was beyond comforting for my cousins to take me out to eat and lend me an air mattress, a chair, and a table for some creature comforts.  I’m so glad to be around them!

Name one fact about yourself that most people don’t know.
I was born in Berlin and much of my pre-adult life was shaped by living in Germany twice.  For instance, I was living in northern Germany when the Berlin Wall came down and got to visit the remnants one month later!


FS_Anderson_01.14.15

Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Ashlee B. Anderson joined the University of Tennessee and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling as Lecturer in August of 2014. We asked her to reflect on her first semester here. Read her responses below.

What have you most liked about EPC?
EPC has the best students! I have really enjoyed getting to know students both from my program area and from other academic disciplines in my classes. I also really enjoy the opportunities for collaboration that I have seen amongst the faculty.

What would you tell the next new faculty member who joins EPC?
EPC staff members know everything! They can help you with anything you need.

What has been your most memorable experience this semester?
When my students threw me a surprise class celebration after I defended my dissertation. They made that accomplishment so much more meaningful!

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?
I love stand up comedy.


FS_Dunn_1.13.14

Learning Environments & Educational Studies
Applied Educational Psychology

Karee Dunn joined the University of Tennessee and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor in August of 2014. We asked her to reflect on her first semester here. Read her responses below.

What sold you on UTK?
I was drawn to the atmosphere of collegiality and the desire to innovate and improve in all our roles that permeates every level of the university. After leaving the interview, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I kept all my fingers and toes crossed until I heard from Dr. McCallum! As native Tennesseans, my family and I were also really excited to be back in our home state.

What would you tell the next new faculty member who joins EPC?
Take a deep breathe; now, how can I help?

What has been your most memorable experience this semester?
As an SEC football fanatic, I’m going to have to say my first trip to Neyland Stadium was pretty amazing.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?
I really enjoy playing volleyball.


FS_Moret_12.18.14

Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Lauren Moret joined the University of Tennessee and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor in August of 2014. We asked her to reflect on her first semester here. Read her responses below.

What sold you on UTK?
I really liked the ESM research and teaching atmosphere, the program and departmental mentorship, the size of the program and university, and the role of the position itself. As a new member in my field, I’m so proud to be a part of this growing institution…to the TOP 25 and Beyond!!! I also enjoy being so close to the river and my east coast side of the family.

What would you tell the next new faculty member who joins EPC?
Relax when you can and take it all in. Make lists, create boundaries to work on specific projects, and go for it! Also, find a song that makes you happy no matter where you “are” when you hear it, and play it over and over again. My tune is ‘Night Train’, written by Duke Ellington, performed by Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. It makes me feel good everyday on my way to and from work!

What has surprised you about the state of Tennessee?
People from TN consider being from East, Middle, or West Tennessee as if these are completely different states and not a part of one state. (Also, the Department of Transportation gave me a license plate that says “POO” on it.)

Name one fact about yourself that most people don’t know.
I’m happiest breathing through a regulator under water.

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

535 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-8145 Fax: 865-974-0135