A. Bentley Hankins, Ph.D., has been working with Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting since June 2007 and has been its principal since May 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Economics from Clemson University in December 2005, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Tennessee in May 2007 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Rehabilitation Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Virginia) in December 2013. Dr. Hankins currently holds certifications through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist) and the American Board of Vocational Experts (Certified Fellow Member). He has been published in multiple national and international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. He has served as a vocational expert with the Social Security Administration since 2009 and, since that time, has also regularly provided vocational rehabilitation counseling, consulting and expert witness services throughout a broad region, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Norman E. Hankins, Ed.D., was the original founder of Hankins Vocational Consulting (now Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting) which he turned into a full-time private practice in 1988 upon his retirement from his position as a faculty member of the Department of Human Development and Learning at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Hankins was the founder of this department and served as its chair from 1978 to 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Administration from Tusculum College in 1958. He then attended East Tennessee State University where he earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Educational Supervision and Administration in 1962. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1964 with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology. Dr. Hankins began working as a vocational expert on a contractual basis with the Social Security Administration in 1965 and continued to serve in this role until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Hankins was also a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee, a Diplomate member of the American Board of Vocational Experts and a Certified Earnings Analyst (CEA) through the American Rehabilitation Economics Association. Dr. Hankins officially retired from the practice in May 2013 and passed away in February 2018. Despite his passing, the firm’s name remains Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting in his honor.