Thursday, November 8, 2007

Faculty Feature: Dr. Tanisha Guy

Dr. Tanisha Guy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education here at UNT Dallas Campus.

She grew up on the south side of Chicago where she was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Guy. She likes variety in her life so she has lived in several cities since graduating high school. The first city she moved to was New Orleans where she lived for seven years. While there she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dillard University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish and then she earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University of New Orleans.

After leaving New Orleans, she moved back to Chicago for a short time before deciding to move to Boston and then on to San Antonio. It was in San Antonio, where she lived for several years, that she earned her doctorate. Dr. Guy’s PhD is from Saint Mary’s University and is in Counselor Education and Supervision with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy. She lived in Chicago again for a little while before making the move to Dallas.

Dr. Guy came to UNT because of the outstanding reputation of the UNT Counseling and Higher Education program. She had admired the professors and department for several years. After watching the University grow from afar, she became interested in becoming a part of UNT Dallas Campus. Last semester, when the opportunity arose she didn’t hesitate before taking advantage of it. She was even more interested in the job because it meant relocating from Chicago to Dallas and, while she thinks Chicago is wonderful, she appreciates the much warmer winters we have down here.

She likes that UNT Dallas Campus offers so many things. She was attracted to the fact that it is in a transitional period. And after joining the faculty has discovered how warm and inviting the campus is to both staff and students. She strongly believes in education and supports UNT Dallas Campus’ commitment to promoting higher education in the Southern Region of Dallas. Here at UNT she teaches four classes and is involved in educating and supervising future licensed professional counselors and school counselors.

Dr. Guy has been involved in a lot of volunteer work. One organization she has worked with since 2000 is Big Brother Big Sister. She has also volunteered as a mentor for several professional organizations and with a rape crisis hotline.

One thing Dr. Guy would like to make everyone aware of is that UNT Dallas Campus has a clinic that provides FREE confidential counseling for children, adolescents, adults, or couples who are students, staff, or even just members of the community. She also welcomes anyone who is considering entering the Counseling profession to stop by her office so she can discuss the program in further detail.