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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Free Seminar on Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students

UT CIRTL is offering a free 1.5 day summer seminar on Teaching and Learning for Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows entitled “Facilitating Undergraduate Evidence-Based Learning in STEM or F.U.E.L. for STEM.”

This is a wonderful opportunity for participants who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the most STEM effective teaching practices (defined broadly to include the broadest range of sciences, such as agriculture and psychology).

This non-credit workshop series will meet Friday, July 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 29th from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Topics to be covered include:

  • Science Identity and Beliefs and their Influence on Teaching Practice
  • Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Through Diversity
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Creating Effective Learning Communities
  • Course Design and Assessment
  • Teaching as Research

Upon successful completion, students will achieve CIRTL certification (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) at the Associate Level.

Please download the flyer and forward to any and all who might be interested.

Seating is limited, so register by July 21st. For more information, please contact Ferlin McGaskey at fmcgaske@utk.edu or 865-974-3932.

Graduate Student Summer Travel Grants Available

Graduate students working on their dissertations in humanities fields can now apply for summer travel fellowships through a new program offered by the UT Humanities Center. The fellowships help UT graduate students travel to library and museum archives in order to examine ancient manuscripts, read through court records or an author’s personal papers, or listen to one-of-a-kind audio recordings related to a historical event. A limited number of fellowships of up to $1,400 are available for summer 2017 to PhD students at the dissertation stage of their degree program. For more information, email the UT Humanities Center.

Assistantship Position in UT Graduate School of Medicine

Please note that this position has been filled. If you’re enrolled in the School of Information Sciences, the UT Graduate School of Medicine is seeking to fill a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position that will research the literature on patient care and education topics for GSM faculty, residents and students; assist library faculty on specified research projects; and perform other similar tasks. This assistantship is for students with a current in-state enrollment or acceptance for in-state enrollment in the UT School of Information Sciences. To apply, email resume, a statement of interest, and names and contact information for 3 references to Sandy Oelschlegel, Library Director, soelschl@utmck.edu, 865-305-6615. Applications accepted until position is filled. Get more information about this position.

GRA Offered in Office of Graduate Admissions

Update: This position is no longer accepting applications. 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 rsears1@utk.edu. 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.

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