Dr. L. DiAnne Borders
Burlington Industries Excellence Professor
Department of Counseling and Educational Development
School of Education
Dr. DiAnne Borders has spent her academic career seeking to understand the processes and dynamics that can be influenced to promote the development of a counselor-in-training and to enhance the preparation of novice clinical supervisors. Clinical Supervision is a practice where by a counselor-in-training is carefully guided by a more senior and experienced counselor to work effectively with the complex human problems that clients face. This unique process of individualized training of the developing counselor is a technical practice that requires analyzing the effectiveness of complex clinical interventions and psychological dynamics as a means of promoting the efficacy of the neophyte counselor in a manner that befits the clients they serve.
For 25 years, Dr. Borders as researched, taught and trained students and faculty in methods of effective Clinical Supervision. She has produced over 100 other publications, including extensive research on developmental models of supervision and supervisor training issues, evolving into an eminent scholar in this area of research. Her excellence has led to the impact and notoriety she has earned among the fields of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and Social Work. In fact, Dr. Borders has largely moved her area of research into its modern form, a level of academic accomplishment that very few can claim.
Her accomplishments have culminated over the last two years to include:
- A request for her service on the board of the Yale Program on Supervision
- The development of standards for counseling supervisors, a curriculum guide for training counseling supervisors, and ethical guidelines for the practice of counseling supervision, all endorsed by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
- The development of training for the Approved Clinical Supervisor credential offered through the National Board for Certified Counselors.
- Chairing a national taskforce that created an evidence-based statement of "best practices" in clinical supervision.
- Articles and books that are read, cited, and utilized by students and faculty worldwide
- Having her work translated into Turkish and being utilized for both training as well as credentialing purposes in the U.S., Australia and throughout Europe.
Letters of Nomination
What is the O. Max Gardner Award?
This is the highest faculty honor awarded by the UNC Board of Governors and has been given annually since 1949. Each of the UNC universities may nominate one faculty member. The Gardner Award was established by Gardner's will to recognize faculty who have "made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race." Those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale. It is the only award for which all faculty members of the all UNC campuses are eligible.
Recipients are nominated by their chancellors and selected by the Board of Governors. The recipient is given a cash award. The nominee from each school is due to the Board of Governors Committee on the Oliver Max Gardner Award in December each year and the award is presented in April as part of the Board of Governors meeting.
WHO WAS OLIVER MAX GARDNER?
Oliver Max Gardner (22 March 1882 -- 6 February 1947) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1929 to 1933. Prior to becoming Governor, Gardner was elected as a state senator from Cleveland County, North Carolina and as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1917-1921).
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