Skip to content

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Graduates!

Last night, the Spring 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony took place at Thompson-Boling Arena. Dean Dixie L. Thompson presided over the event, letting the graduates, faculty, and all those in the stands know how much UT appreciates the hard work and dedication that is represented by each of those receiving their degrees. Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport had the opportunity to address her first graduating class of graduate students at UT, and then joined Dean Thompson and Lee Riedinger, Director of the Bredesen Center of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, to confer the evening’s honorary degree.

Governor Philip N. Bredesen was the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and delivered an inspiring and entertaining speech. Following his remarks, Michelle K. Harding was introduced as the evening’s graduate student speaker. Her address was encouraging and uplifting, while recognizing the trials and tribulations of the life of a graduate student.

After the presentation of candidates and the conferral of degrees by Chancellor Davenport, master’s candidates were announced and greeted individually by the Chancellor and the dean of their college. The doctoral candidates were then each hooded by their chosen faculty members and greeted by their dean and the chancellor. As always, it was rewarding to witness the ceremony, to see the joy and promise in the faces of those graduate students who took part. Congratulations not just to those who participated in the ceremony but to all 800 of our graduating students!

GRA Offered in Office of Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Admissions is seeking to fill a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position that will begin June 1, 2017. It is a 12-month position, which may be renewed, based on performance and available funding of the stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. The GRA is expected to create and analyze data reports, assist front desk personnel, and support the Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Admissions in various tasks to include conducting research associated with graduate admissions and enrollment. GRA applicants should expect to frequently interact with prospective domestic and international students, graduate faculty, and staff. This assistantship is a 20-hour-per-week position with the expectation that work will, generally, be performed in the Office of Graduate Admissions during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Enrollment in at least six graduate credit hours per semester (including summers) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is required. To express interest in the position, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the Office of Graduate Admissions by e-mail to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Wrapping up the Spring RCR Series

The Spring 2017 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series comes to a close with a session entitled “RCR Lunch & Learn: Wrap Up and Review of Institutional Risk”. This session will take place on May 17 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in A001 Blount Hall. This series has been sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, in collaboration with the UT Libraries and the Graduate School. Find out more about the series and register with ORE.

Responsive Preservation Initiative for Cultural Heritage Resources

Supported by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) has announced the Responsive Preservation Initiative (RPI) for Cultural Heritage Resources. The RPI program is designed to fund projects for urgent, emergent, or priority issues that need to be addressed quickly. Small grants are available for rapid emergency projects in Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, The Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.


  1. Professionals working to preserve archaeological sites and related CHRs in countries where permanent American overseas reserach centers’ networks exits are encouraged to apply. Individuals or teams may apply for funding. Biographies for all team members must be included in the proposal.
  2. Proposed projects should address urgent, emergent, or priority issues that need to be addressed quickly.
  3. Projects must propose a time-bound intervention in one of the following countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, The Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Available funds are limited and priority is given to projects applying between April – August 2017.

Poetic Justice: Graduating Veteran Finds Satisfaction, Solace in Writing Verse

As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin has found success—and solace—drawing on his five years as a medic with the third infantry division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, has won awards for his poetry and had his work published several journals and an anthology. His thesis is a compilation of war poems. Read more about Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday.

ONSF Deadline Extended

The deadline for the ONSF Scholarships and Fellowships Campus Pre-Application has been extended to Monday, May 15. If you plan to apply in 2017—or are at least considering applying—for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, UK & Ireland Scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge), or Schwarzman Scholars in China, you must first complete ONSF’s brief online pre-application found here: The UT Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships uses this application not to make selections/nominations, but rather as a starting point to help students develop sound applications. If you have any questions about these fellowships, the processes for applying, and so forth, please e-mail Andrew Seidler (, Director of ONSF.

Grad with Hearing Loss Seeks to Improve Education for Students with Disabilities

Eric Moore, who graduates next week with a doctorate in special education, says, “How we teach is as important, if not more important, than what we teach.” Read more about how his experience with hearing loss and serving as a teacher’s aide for children with visual impairments and intellectual disabilities called him to teaching.






The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.