Glenda T. Hubbard, Ph.D.



Dr. Kay R. Dickson, “Glenda T. Hubbard, Ph.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed June 15, 2024,

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Glenda T. Hubbard, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
Universities and colleges--Faculty


Dr. Kay R. Dickson




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emerita

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Professor Emerita of Human Development and Psychological Counseling Glenda T. Hubbard (April 22, 1936- ) was born in Hiddenite (Alexander County), North Carolina, the daughter of Nola Grace and Glenn Franklin Thomas. Hubbard attended Hiddenite High School and graduated in 1954. She received her B.S. degree in 1958 from Appalachian State University, where she majored in English Education. Her M.A. degree, also from Appalachian State (1959), was in counseling and guidance. Hubbard pursued further education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1974. In 1961, Glenda married William C. (Bill) Hubbard (deceased December 17, 1985). Bill planned and began the innovative faculty development center which opened in 1975, and he served as its coordinator until his death. Named the Hubbard Center, the facility was dedicated to Bills memory in 1989. The Hubbards had two children, Curtis William and Glenn Thomas. Curtis, born in 1968, is currently a lieutenant colonel in Special Forces in the United States Army and is stationed in Tampa, Florida.. He is married to Michelle Kurbiel, and the couple has two children. Curtis earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Miami and a master's degree from Army College at Fort Leavenworth. Glenn, born in 1971, completed his doctoral degree in communication at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is now a faculty member at the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from Appalachian State University. Dr. Hubbard's professional career began in 1958 when she taught English at Ashley High School in Gastonia, North Carolina. From 1959 until 1966, Hubbard served as a counselor at Miami Palmetto High School in Miami, Florida. She was in graduate school from 1966 until 1967 at Indiana University in Bloomington. Hubbard served as an instructor and field experience coordinator at the National Defense Education Act Institute in Counseling and Guidance for Elementary School Counselors at the University of Miami, Florida from 1967 to 1968. From 1968 to 1979, Hubbard served as the Supervisor of Counseling Practicum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. After being an instructor at Merrimack College, in North Andover, Maine, from 1970 to 1971, she was a doctoral student at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1971 to 1974. Dr. Hubbard came to Appalachian State University in 1974. She served as a professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling until 2005. In 1993, she began serving as a counselor in the Hubbard Center. From 1996 until the present, she has served as the Director for Counseling for Faculty and Staff in the Hubbard Center. Dr. Hubbard served as program coordinator in the graduate program in Human Development and Psychological Counseling for fifteen years and also served on a number of university committees, task forces, and search committees. In 1985, Hubbard served as president of the North Carolina Counseling Association. She also served in several other positions within this organization through the 1980s. An area of special interest to Dr. Hubbard was the role of school counselors. Among the number of articles in state and national professional journals and newsletters published by Dr. Hubbard are the following: • Brinko, Kathleen T., Sally S. Atkins, Jeffrey A. Butts, Charles S. Claxton, and Glenda T. Hubbard. "Toward greater connectedness: Assessing faculty quality of life." To Improve the Academy 19 (2000): 323-45 (Deborah Lieberman and Catherine Wehlburg). Professional and Organizational Development Network, 2000. [Journal article] • Hubbard, Glenda T., Sally S. Atkins, and Kathleen T. Brinko. "Holistic faculty development: supporting personal, professional, and organizational wellbeing." To Improve the Academy 17 (1998): 35-49. [Journal article] Honors and awards received by Dr. Hubbard include: • 1991 Distinguished Professional Service Award, North Carolina School Counselor Association • 1986 American Association of Postsecondary School Counselor of the Year, national runnerup • 1985 North Carolina School Counselor Association Postsecondary Counselor Award • 1958 Graduation Cum Laude with Honor Teaching Recommendation A note of special interest for Dr. Hubbard: she has been at Appalachian State University for EVERY president and chancellor, beginning with Blanford B. Dougherty, who was president during her freshman year; she was also a student at the university when William H. Plemmons became president. She has served as an employee under all of the other chancellors. Her sister (Sylvia Thomas Catron) and her sister's husband (James O. Catron) hold degrees from Appalachian State Teachers' College. Her mother also attended Appalachian State Teachers' College in 1929. Sources: Appalachian State University files and personal correspondence. -Kay R. Dickson

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