Counseling chair Gladding is Fulbright scholar in China

Sam Gladding with students in ChinaChair and professor of counseling Samuel T. Gladding is sharing his expertise with educators and students in China during a month-long stay as a Fulbright Specialist scholar. In May and June, he is presenting a series of lectures and demonstrations regarding counseling theories and group work.

“It is an opportunity to share my knowledge, to further the counseling profession in a different country, and to learn more about Chinese culture,” said Gladding, who also went to Turkey in 2010 as a Fulbright Specialist.

Gladding has written numerous books, book chapters and articles on family therapy and other counseling topics. His most recent book, “Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession” (Prentice-Hall, 7th edition), has been translated into Chinese.

Fulbright Specialists are selected for short-term teaching opportunities by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright programs for the U.S. state department. Once accepted as a Fulbright Specialist, professors must then be invited to teach in a country. He was invited by Zhangzhou Normal University.

Gladding is the first Wake Forest faculty member to be named a Fulbright Specialist. A former president of the American Counseling Association, he was once cited as among the top 1 percent of contributors to the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association.