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Katie Graham

One faculty member and three students from the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling were recognized at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 17, 2018.

See below for a description of each individual’s award.

Extraordinary Professional Promise
Honors awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

Isabel C. FarrellIsabel Farrell
Counselor Education ’18

“I am honored to have been awarded the Extraordinary Professional Promise among outstanding students across disciplines. I am beyond grateful for the Counselor Education faculty who has always believed in me and fostered my development. I will greatly miss UT.”

Research & Creative Achievement
Bestowed to senior faculty in recognition of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative achievement.

Melinda GibbonsMelinda Gibbons
Professor & Program Coordinator of Counselor Education

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized for my research and outreach activities. I am also happy to have the opportunity for others to learn about the need for this type of engaged scholarship.”

Extraordinary Professional Promise
Honors awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

Katie Graham, School CounselingKatie Graham
MS Student in School Counseling

“I felt extremely honored to have been considered for this award. ”



Extraordinary Campus Leadership & Service
Recognizes graduating students who are extraordinary campus leaders for their significant service to others.

Sarah Nadel, ESMSarah A. Nadel
PhD Candidate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement (ESM)

“I am so honored to have not only been nominated, but to have also been one of the recipients of the award. I am so grateful for the nomination by Jennifer Ann Morrow, associate professor, and for all the support and opportunities I have received from her and all the ESM faculty throughout my time at UT. I am utterly humbled and appreciative for this award and for every opportunity I have had while in the ESM program at UT.”


Student Spotlight: Katie Graham

School Counseling

Katie is currently seeking her MS in counseling with the School Counseling program. Originally from Knoxville, TN, she graduated with her BS in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and joined EPC in 2016. We asked her to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

  • Chi Sigma Iota Nomination for Outstanding Entry Level Student Award | November 2017
    This award is to recognize an individual CSI Chapter member who has excelled in scholarship, extracurricular involvements, service to the chapter, and evidence of excellence and commitment to the profession.
  • Most Outstanding First Year Student – School Counseling Program | Spring 2017
    Awarded by the UT Knoxville Counselor Education program, this award recognizes students who exemplify excellence during the course of their first year in the program.
  • Public Relations Chair of Chi Sigma Iota – Upsilon Theta Chapter, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, Spring 2017
  • Grief Outreach Initiative Mentor
  • PiPES (Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science) Team Member

See resume for additional details.

Katie Graham teaching

Current Occupation

Substitute Teacher
Knox County Schools
I have worked as a substitute teacher for Knox County Schools for the past five years. Since beginning grad school, I work primarily for L&N STEM Academy located downtown. This role allows the much needed flexibility while in school, as well as giving me the opportunity to work with students.

Personal Interests

Outside of school and work, I love spending time with my family and friends. We like to check out different festivals and events that Downtown Knoxville often has to offer, as well as just hanging out and watching a movie on the couch. I also enjoy traveling with my sister and experiencing new cultures together.

Future/Vocational Goals

My internship at Karns Middle School has solidified my interest in working with middle school students. My goal as a school counselor is to achieve a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) and to serve not only the school but the community in which it resides. I am also considering returning to school within the next few years to work towards a PhD in Counselor Education.

What sold you on this program/department/university?

Once I decided that I wanted to pursue school counseling, I began to search for which program would be the best fit for me. Since Knoxville is my home and after attending UT for undergrad I am really biased but I wanted to keep my options open. However, after speaking to different individuals in the school system, it was clear that UT Knoxville’s program was distinguished and produced competent professional school counselors. I emailed the program coordinator at the time, professor Melinda Gibbons, and asked if we could meet so that I could ask some more questions about the program. Her willingness to meet with me gave me a glimpse of the faculty support that I would receive in the future. Now I cannot imagine being anywhere else!

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

I would tell an incoming student who joins this program to take full advantage of the opportunities that are available. By stepping out of my comfort zone I have been able to learn and meet people that I would not have been able to otherwise. I would also tell them to utilize the support that the faculty and their cohort can provide. There have been many instances within my time here that I would not have made it without that support.