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Jedediah E. Blanton, PhD

Headshot of Jedediah Blanton from KRSS taken in the Communications Studio on November 20, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

Assistant Professor
Sport Psychology
HPER 346

Blanton CV
Letter of Recommendation Request


KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 290 Principles of Skill Learning & Motor Control
KNS 331 Exercise Psychology
KNS 431 Psychosocial Aspects of Youth Sport
KNS 541 Special Topics: Teaching Undergraduate Kinesiology

I believe in adopting a unifying philosophy of kinesiology and thus instruct students as young kinesiologists and developing scholars. In this vein, though my interests and expertise lie in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity, I attempt to balance the perspective that to truly nurture and develop athletes and exercisers, we should value all aspects of the discipline. I direct students to problems and work with them to identify practical solutions based on empirical and theoretical evidence. I rely on a teaching framework based in self-determination theory to encourage a personal and intrinsic desire to examine the course as a means to influence their future professions.

2019 | Teaching Support Award, Teaching & Learning Innovation, University of Tennessee

2019 | Graduate Professor of the Year, Graduate Student Senate, University of Tennessee

2018 | George F. Brady Teaching Award, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee

2018 | Faculty Fellow, Teaching and Learning Innovation Summer Institute, University of Tennessee

2018 | Student-Faculty Research Award with Kylee Ault, The Graduate School, University of Tennessee


PhD Michigan State University Kinesiology
(Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity)
MS Georgia Southern University Kinesiology
(Sport Psychology)
BA Fort Lewis College Sports Administration


Blanton’s research focus within sport lies in the examination of practices and policies related to youth development, and in the education and development of leadership and life skills through high school sport. He values the potential of research to inform specific user groups as well as the general public and thus enjoys programming and outreach efforts, and is involved with evaluation research. Blanton is also building a research line in the scholarship of teaching and learning through examination of course design tactics and pedagogical approaches to enhance college student learning.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS (Jedediah E. Blanton Google Scholar Profile)
Jones, M*, Blanton, J., & Williams, R.* (2022). Science to practice: Does Gamification enhance intrinsic motivation? Active Learning in Higher Education (online, ahead of print)

Blanton, J., Pierce, S., & Ault, K* (2021). Administrators’ perceptions of the meaning and challenges of “education-based” high school sport. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education. (online, ahead of print)

Blanton, J. & Pierce, S. (2019) Examining the culture and context of high school sport in the United States: toward the leadership and life skills development of high school athletes. Association for Applied Sport Psychology | Annual Conference | Portland, OR [symposium]

Ault, K.*, & Blanton, J. (2019) Using peer instruction as a facilitated study technique in a psychosocial aspects of youth sport class. Association for Applied Sport Psychology | Annual Conference | Portland, OR [poster]

Imholte, P.*, Blanton, J., & McAlarnen, M.M. (2019). Fun, failure, and fulfillment: A case study approach to informal athlete leadership in minor league baseball. The Sport Psychologist, 33(3), 177-188

Blanton, J., Linhart, C.* & Ault, K.* (2019). Flipping the script: using an online captain’s course to leverage leadership development with club soccer athletes. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 10(3), 151-159

Voelker, D. Martin, E., Blanton, J., & Gould, D. (2019). Views and practices of high school coaches on the use, challenges, and training of team captains in leadership. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(2), 18-29

Mead, J., Pierce, S., Blanton, J., Gilson, T., & Ault, K.* (2018). Coaching the coaches: An approach for sport psychology professionals to help coaches move from leadership identification to leadership development. Association for Applied Sport Psychology | Annual Conference | Toronto, ON [workshop]

Pierce, S., Blanton, J., & Gould, D. (2018). An Online program for high school student-athlete leadership development: Community-engagement, collaboration, and course creation. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2(1), 23-29.

Blanton, J., Sturges, A.J., & Gould, D. (2014). Lessons learned from a leadership development club for high school athletes. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. 5(1), 1-13.

Gould, D., Carson, S., & Blanton, J. (2013). Coaching life skills. In P. Potrac, W. Gilbert, & J. Denison (eds.) The Routledge handbook of sports coaching. (pp. 259-270). New York, NY: Routledge.

Gould, D., Voelker, D., & Blanton, J. (2012). Future directions in youth leadership research in sport. In R. Shinke & S. Hanrahan (eds.) Sport for Development, Peace, and Social Justice. (pp. 163-180). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

*denotes the author was a graduate student under the advisement of Dr. Blanton during the project