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Aaron Kindsvatter biography: 13 things about University of Vermont professor

Aaron L. Kindsvatter is a white man from Vermont, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Burlington, Vermont. He previously lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has lived in different parts of Ohio including Cuyahoga Falls, Broadview Heights and Stow. (a) (b)
  2. An expert in adult learning and mental health, he is interested in the neurodevelopmental mechanisms of trauma, attachment theory and clinical supervision. (c)
  3. He received his master’s degree in community counselling from Kent State University. (c)
  4. He is the author of “Huckleberry Finn reconsidered: An interview with David Nylund,” which was published on The Family Journal in 2005. (c)
  5. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Kent State University. In April 2006, The Family Journal published his article “Listening to our literature, listening to our clients: An interview with Barry Duncan and Scott Miller.” (c) (d)
  6. He, Jill Nelson and Kimberly J. Desmond co-wrote the article “An Invitation to Between-Session Change: The Use of Therapeutic Letters in Couples and Family Counseling,” which was published on The Family Journal in January 2009. He and Desmond co-wrote the article “Intentional Practices in Supervision of Family Counseling: The Use of Supervisory Letters,” which was published on The Family Journal in January 2010. (d)
  7. His research “Treating Infidelity: Narratives of Attachment” was published in November 2015. (d)
  8. He and Matthew Tansey co-authored “Attachment disorganization in childhood,” which was published on The Family Journal in 2018. They co-authored “Moral Foundations Theory and Its Implications for Counseling,” which was published on Counseling and Values in 2020. (c)
  9. As an associate professor at the College of Education and Social Services of the University of Vermont, he teaches family counseling, assessment in mental health counseling and helping relationships. (c)
  10. On August 30, 2016, he sent an open letter to the University of Vermont community, which he also sent to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Heterodox Academy. In the letter, he criticized the university’s Bias Response Team, which was launched in 2014 to augment existing protocols to process complaints about racism, sexism and homophobia on campus. For him, the team’s broadly and vaguely defined mission could have a chilling impact on free speech and stifle debate of difficult issues. (e)
  11. He is married to Linda L. Kindsvatter. In January 2020, they were included in the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College‘s adjoiners list under the Torrey Hall Addition Project. (b) (f)
  12. On March 8, 2021, he uploaded a nine-minute YouTube video titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.” He talked about the first time he heard of whiteness when a faculty colleague offered to help him with it “like it was some kind of disease” and described it as “a dehumanizing experience.” For him, whiteness is a way of dehumanizing people to meet or gain compliance with political ends. On March 13, 2021, University of Vermont student organization UVM Sisters of Color launched a petition demanding that he step down claiming that the views he expressed in the video endanger students of color and undermine the university’s purported values. In response, he said he would not resign and he had not even thought about it. (g) (h) (i)
  13. On March 16, 2021, he posted a six-minute YouTube video titled “Secular Religion at UVM An Answer and a Question.” (g) 



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