Part-Time Faculty Members
More Info - Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Learning with a minor in Social Work at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in 2013. Matt continued his education at ETSU until 2015 with the completion of his Master’s degree in Counseling. During his time at ETSU Matt was an active advocate for students with disabilities, sexual orientation minorities, and gender minorities. Simultaneously, Matt advised multiple student organizations for the purpose of improving student leadership and developing resources for both LGBT students and students with disabilities.
Matt currently holds the position of Access Coordinator of Eligibility and Accommodations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Disability Resource Center, with the goal of ensuring equal accessibility for all students enrolled at UTC. Matt also works with UTC’s Mosaic program, a program that specializes in working to support individuals with autism while they pursue their college degrees. A population that Matt has quickly developed a passion for.
More Info - Education: M.S. Academic Advising from Kansas State University; B.S. Human Services from ETSU
Current Job: Academic Advisor for ETSU Kingsport and Continuing Studies
Advising/Teaching Philosophy: I am a student-centered/human-centered educator who views academic advising as teaching or learning. It’s very common to leave my office with homework, even though you came in seeking answers. Lifelong learning is a primary value of mine, and I do my best to share that with students. I meet students where they are at any given moment with an open door for them to share their academic/career concerns. I convey the Rogerian principles of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard to build a trusting relationship. I believe that all students have the strengths needed to succeed and utilize solution-focused advising/teaching in and out of the classroom. I’m passionate about inclusivity and embracing diversity and, hopefully, model this through my actions. I’m honored to be a small part of your journey as you make sense of the complex world within which we reside.
Life Outside of Education: In my free time, whatever that may be, I enjoy spending time with friends & family, reading, writing, and working for change in the community. I prefer to be outdoors going for a walk and spending time with nature. Of course, I truly enjoy throwing a blanket down on the ground and curling up with a book soaking up the vitamin D
More Info - Education: Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, East Tennessee State University
Current job: Assistant Director of the McNair Program (TRIO) and Associate Director of the Applied Psychology Lab at ETSU
schweitz Trigger Warnings, Vicarious Trauma, Childhood Trauma and Creativity and Childhood Trauma and Spirituality. A personal note – I welcome student interaction! Feel free to contact me!
More Info - Education: B.S. in Human Services, Psychology Minor, ETSU; M.A. in Counseling, School Concentration, ETSU
Shawn is a native of Morristown, TN. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and also received his Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from here as well. He began his professional career as a Senior Student Life Coordinator at Tusculum University. He went on to work as a College and Career Counselor for Washington County and Bristol City schools through the Niswonger Foundation's i3 grant. Once that grant ended, he worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences here at ETSU, until going back to work for the Niswonger Foundation again in 2016. Shawn is currently an Associate Director of College and Career Advising for the NiswongerCARE program, and is also a part-time Adjunct Professor for us in the Department of Counseling and Human Services
More Info - Education: PhD, University of TN, Child and Family Studies; M.A. ETSU, Counseling; B.A., ETSU, Psychology
Current job: Director, University Advisement Center
A personal note: The skills I gained in the Counseling program have served me well in a variety of settings, jobs and situation
More Info - Education: Ed.D. Higher Education Administration, East Tennessee State University, 1992 Concentration: Counseling, Dissertation: Analysis of the Relationship between Power Style and Locus of Control for Selected Academic Deans; M.A. in Adult and Continuing Education: University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 1980.; B.A. in English; Western Illinois University; 1976, Minor: Psychology; Certification: Secondary Teaching
Current job: Director of Adult, Commuter & Transfer Services within the Division of Student Affairs at ETSU.
Special interests: Student Development Theory and Student Services Practice, Trends and Issues in Higher Education, Learning in Adulthood and Best Practices for the Adult Learner, Research Methods
A personal note: The opportunity to teach enhances my day to day work life and practice in the field of Higher Education. My work experience, in turn, benefits my teaching through the connection between theory and practice:
More Info - Education: I have a Masters degree in Police & Correctional Psychology from MTSU, and an Ed.S. degree in Counselor Leadership from ETSU.
Current job: I am currently employed full time as a clinical counselor with Walters State Community
College in Greeneville TN. Previously I worked with Frontier Health in Greeneville
as the Director of Crisis Services, and a Juvenile Sex Offender therapist, among other
Special interests: I maintain a private practice, Whitewood Counseling & Consultation, and specialize in clinical supervision and working with the Veterans and LGBT+ populations. As part of this practice I maintain a web page at www.whitewoodcounseling.org. I am licensed by the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider/Approved Supervisor (LPC/MHSP/AS) and am certified as an NBCC National Counselor (NCC) and a CEC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
A personal note: I have just started a new hobby of Geocaching!