Tonya Balch, PhD, is a professor in the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University (ISU). She has served as the program coordinator for ISU’s school counseling program for 15 years and is passionate about ensuring excellence in graduate programming.
Dr. Balch has researched and presented numerous times on the power of the counselor-administrator relationship and emphasizes its importance to her graduate students. She was awarded a grant through the Eli Lilly Foundation to improve the school counseling program in collaboration with ISU’s school administration and supervision program.
Dr. Balch has served as an NCA-CASI and AdvancEd lead evaluator for five different schools and has been on nine accreditation teams in rural, suburban, and urban schools. She is an active member of the Professional Development Schools Partnership (PDS) at ISU and has served as the liaison for Arlington High School in the Indianapolis Public School system, as well as for Davis Park Elementary and Meadows Elementary in the Vigo County School Corporation.
Prior to her role at Indiana State, Dr. Balch served as a school counselor at the middle and high school levels and was the guidance director at Fountain Central High School in Veedersburg, Indiana.
She is a past president of the Indiana Counseling Association and has served on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards Review Committee and the Indiana Student Guidance Standards Review Committee.
Dr. Balch obtained her doctoral degree in educational administration from Indiana State University and is a licensed school counselor in the state of Indiana.