Blanding is Tenn. Counselor Educator
Dr. Linda Blanding, UT?Martin assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies, recently was selected as the Tennessee Counselor Educator of the Year for 2007 at the Tennessee School Counseling Association annual conference. Blanding was chosen to receive this honor as the result of her extensive contributions and service to the organization and the profession in furthering counselor education while serving as TSCA vice president for post-secondary.
Presenting the award were Christie Maupin, president, Paulette Crews, past president of TSCA and Sharon Fiddler, past president of the Martha Pope Chapter of the Tennessee Counseling Association, who expressed their appreciation for Blanding’s contributions to the association and her leadership in counselor education throughout Tennessee.
“I feel honored and humbled to be this year’s award recipient,” said Blanding. “It has been my pleasure to teach graduate counseling students at UT Martin and to work with so many fine colleagues throughout the state of Tennessee. I am delighted to be recognized by my professional peers.”
Blanding teaches graduate education and counseling courses at UT Martin. She is also president of the Tennessee Coalition for Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association and served as president of the board of directors of the Mid South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for 2005-07. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, a master’s degree in community counseling at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and a doctorate in family studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Blanding is also a national certified counselor by the National Board for Certified Counseling. She is married to Dr. Bruce Blanding, Jackson State Community College president, and is the mother of three grown children. She has two grandsons.