Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His academic degrees are from Wake Forest (BA, MA Ed), Yale (MA), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (PhD). Before assuming his current position, he held academic appointments at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Fairfield University (Connecticut). He was also an instructor of psychology at a community college and director of children’s services at a mental health center, both of which are in Rockingham County, North Carolina. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a former member of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.