It is truly an honor to serve as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In this role, my focus is to ensure a high-quality educational experience for our graduate and professional students. My highest priority is serving our students and academic units.
At its core, graduate education is about pushing boundaries, expanding knowledge, and creating opportunities. The challenges that came in 2020 pushed us to re-examine how we provide services to our students and campus. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to make adjustments, some of which have resulted in positive changes. For example, our professional development offerings are now available in virtual formats and can be accessed by more students than ever before. Adding professional development to one’s academic journey can help better prepare graduates for career opportunities. We have also re-imagined graduate student orientations and found efficiencies in how we process required forms. All of these changes help enhance the graduate student experience.
The Graduate School staff is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment in which all can thrive. We partner with the Graduate Council to evaluate our policies and procedures for equity and fairness. We work with academic units to expand our recruitment and admission efforts. We bring a student-centered focus to all that we do.
As we enter into 2021, I join everyone who is anxiously awaiting a return to more normalcy as we are vaccinated against COVID-19. As we continue to battle this pandemic, the Graduate School staff is available and ready to assist prospective students and our current students. Feel free to reach out to us if we can be of assistance.