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Faculty and Staff at the University of Tennessee

Faculty & Staff

The Faculty and Staff at the University of Tennessee are integral to the success of our graduate education programs. The Graduate School can help you get information to advise and mentor your graduate students.

Graduate Council

The mission of the Graduate Council is to promote excellence in graduate education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Working with the Dean of the Graduate School, this body of elected representatives from the colleges establishes standards for admission, retention, and graduation; assesses curricular revisions and new proposals for graduate programs; evaluates interdisciplinary, intercollegiate and international programs; approves individuals to direct doctoral dissertations; and considers new initiatives and other matters of policy pertaining to graduate programs.

Directors of Graduate Studies

Each academic department or program has designated a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who is the director of graduate studies. This individual, with the assistance of the other graduate faculty, is responsible for the administration of the graduate program(s) in the department/unit and also serves as the contact person with the Graduate School.

Student/Faculty Research Awards

The Student/Faculty Research Awards are awards used to advance the work for both faculty and graduate students. Every award requires a Graduate Student PI and a Faculty PI. The benefit to both should be evident in the proposal. Graduate students in those disciplines (e.g., arts, humanities, and social sciences), which traditionally do not work with a PI, and/or do not expect to publish jointly with a faculty member are also eligible to apply. Such applications must show that their research proposal is approved by a faculty member and under their direct supervision. This mechanism is intended to help support student research; give students experience writing grants; and foster the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.

Grants up to $5000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects. The funds may be used to purchase supplies needed for research; for travel to work in other laboratories, libraries, or archives; for specialized training; or in a variety of other ways, so long as the outcome will be the professional development of the graduate students and the advancement of an identified research/creative agenda of both the student and faculty member. Special consideration will be given to students and faculty who do not have current, or recent, institutional support for their research.

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Graduate Faculty and Staff News

  • Sign Up for CIRTL Series

    SymposiumIcon2-01The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center is pleased to announce that registration is now open for their fall professional development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in UT CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning).

    The Associates Level offers an introduction to the core learning goals of CIRTL.  These are teaching as research, evidence-based learning practices, learning communities, and learning through diversity. The seminar will start in September. Register for the Associates Level series by August 22nd.

    The Practitioners Level provides participants an opportunity to engage the core learning goals at a higher level as well as developing plans to implement these and other innovative practices in their teaching practices and a teaching as research proposal. This seminar will also start in September. Register for the Practitioners Level series by August 22nd.

  • Academic Policy Committee Meeting

    The Academic Policy Committee of the Graduate Council will be meeting in the Graduate School Conference room (111 Student Services Building) from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. on March 3, 2016. The agenda will be forthcoming.

  • Director of Graduate Studies Workshop — Spring 2016

    The Spring 2016 Director of Graduate Studies Workshop will be held this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the Great Room of the Center for International Education. The workshop agenda is available.

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