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Jedediah E. Blanton, PhD

Assistant Professor
HPER 346

Director, PASS Research Team in the Applied Sport Psychology Lab
Blanton CV
Letter of Recommendation Request


KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 331 Exercise Psychology
KNS 431 Psychosocial Aspects of Youth Sport
KNS 631 College Teaching in Kinesiology and Sport Studies


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.


2022 | Exceptional Faculty Service Award, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

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


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


My research agenda is focused on education-based high school sport. I’m curious about the structure and purpose of interscholastic sport, and how to develop leadership and life skills through athletics. I particularly value the potential of research to inform curriculum, programming and outreach efforts. I have also explored the scholarship of teaching and learning through an examination of course design tactics and pedagogical approaches to enhance college student learning.


(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)

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

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