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Leia Cain

Educational Psychology & Counseling’s Dr. Leia Cain, Assistant Professor of Evaluation, Statistics & Methodology, discussed some of her research on February 9 in the first virtual lecture of a series hosted by The Commission for LGBT People and the UT Pride Center.

Leia Cain, an Assistant Professor for the Educational Psychology & Counseling PhD Program in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement,┬ákicked off the UT Pride Center’s latest lecture series on February 9 with a compelling talk entitled, “Spilling the (Sweet) Tea: How Southern U.S. Queer Students Thrive in Icy University Climates.”

Cain holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina. Her current research focuses on “LGBTQ+ Student and Faculty Experiences in Higher Education.”Photo of a mason jar filled with sweet tea and a straw, set on an outdoor table.

Among the topics discussed in the lecture, Cain shared her recent research on the positive and negative experiences of LGBTQ+ students and faculty in Southern culture, and how institutions can be more inclusive.

For more information about this lecture, and to register for upcoming lectures, visit the UT Pride Center in the Student Union, room 373, M-F 8am-5pm.

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Recently retired and soon-to-be-retiring EPC faculty were honored on December 2, 2021, at the EPC Awards Ceremony & Retirement Celebration Luncheon.

Students, faculty, and staff were invited to the luncheon to celebrate the six retirees, and to recognize this year’s graduate student winners of EPC Awards and scholarships. For more about our student winners, see article: Graduate Students Awarded at EPC Banquet.

Department Head and Professor, Dr. Jeff Cochran, along with Dr. Merilee McCurdy and Dr. Mitsunori Misawa remarked on the many scholarly contributions, student mentorships, and distinguished honors each retiree has brought to the department through their years of service.

For more details about each of these retiring faculty members, see the event program (pdf).

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Please join the Department in extending our best wishes and deepest gratitude to the following retiring and recently retired faculty members:

Patrick L. Dunn, Associate Professor

Patrick Dunn standing next to orange and white round decorated retirement cake and smiling.

Mary Catherine “Cathy” Hammon, Clinical Associate Professor

Photo of retiree Cathy Dunn standing next to orange and white decorated cake at EPC event


R. Steve McCallum, Professor

Photo of Steve McCallum standing next to orange and white decorated retirement cake at EPC event.

Robert L. Williams, Professor

Photo of Bob Williams standing next to orange and white decorated retirement cake at EPC event.


Pamelia E. Brott, Associate Professor

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Shawn L. Spurgeon, Associate Professor

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The 2021 EPC Awards Ceremony & Retirement Celebration Luncheon was held on December 2, 2021 in the beautiful Calhoun’s on the River, Knoxville, event space. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to the ceremony to recognize this year’s outstanding students, many of which were awarded with scholarships and monetary awards, and to honor six faculty members who recently retired, or will be retiring this year. For more on our retirees, see, “Retired and Soon-to-Be-Retiring EPC Faculty Honored at Banquet

View the Event Program PDF

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The following EPC students were recognized at the 2021 EPC Awards Ceremony:

 

Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award:
Covington Hanley, Counselor Education

Photograph of Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award Winner, Covington Hanley, holding certificate and smiling

Leadership & Service Excellence Award:
Mary Wynn, Counselor Education

Photo of Leadership and Service Excellence Award Winner, Mary Wynn, holding certificate and smiling


Research Excellence Award:
John Walker, Evaluation, Statistics & Methodology

Photograph of Research Excellence Award Winner, John Walker, holding certificate and smiling.

The 2021 Katherine H. Greenberg Scholarship Award:
Jaime Hodge, Ed Psych Online – Applied Ed Psych Concentration

Photo of 2021 Greenberg Scholarship Award Winner, Jaime Hodge, posing with Dr. Cathy Hammon, holding certificate and smiling.


The 2021 Mary Ziegler Scholarship Award:
Jordan B. Murphy, Ed Psych Online – Adult Ed Concentration.

Accepted by Dr. Mitsunori Misawa on Jordan’s behalf.


 

Graduate Student of the Year Awards:

Awarded to an outstanding student from each of our graduate programs, recognized by their faculty as exemplary students in their program.

Hillary Anderson, School Psych EdS

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Hillary Anderson, holding certificate and smiling

Haley Ault, Counselor Education PhD

Photograph of EPC Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Haley Ault, holding certificate and smiling


Elizabeth Boyd, School Counseling MS

Photograph of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Elizabeth Boyd, holding certificate and smiling.

Jess Croll, Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Jess Croll, holding certificate and smiling.


John Kennedy, IT Online MS

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, John Kennedy, holding certificate and smiling.

Ashley King, Learning, Design & Technology PhD

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Ashley King, holding certificate and smiling.


Kristin Lucas, Ed Psych Online MS – Applied Ed Psych

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Kristin Lucas, holding certificate and smiling.

Kristen Massey, Adult learning PhD

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Kristen Massey, holding certificate and smiling.


Tim Waldo, Ed Psych Online MS – Adult Ed

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Tim Waldo, holding certificate and smiling.

John Walker, Evaluation, Statistics & Methodology PhD

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, John Walker, holding certificate and smiling.


Chelsea Wilson, School Psychology PhD

Photo of Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner, Chelsea Wilson, holding certificate and smiling.


 

2021 Friends of EPC Grant Applications:

Jerri O’Rourke

Laura Bryant

Jessica Killian

Jennifer Hightower

Zach Budesa

Loidaly Gonzalez-Rosario

Jada White

Noelia Pacheco Diaz

 

Thank you to all who attended. Congratulations again to this year’s winners, and thank you to all of our students, faculty, and staff for a wonderful event!