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Category Archives: Talks/Symposia

PEER (Program for Excellence & Equity in Research) will be hosting a lecture in the International House, Room 100 at 3:40 p.m. The title of the lecture is “Disrupting the Face of Leadership: Challenges Posed and Lessons Learned” and will be delivered by Carolyn R. Hodges and Olga M. Welch. This presentation is designed to provide insights to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and others embarking on their academic careers and considering options for their professional trajectory in the future. The observations shared in this lecture reflect the conversations and perspectives in a recent book by the presenters, Truth Without Tears: African American Women Deans Share Lessons in Leadership (Harvard Education Press, 2018).

Office of Community Engagement & Outreach continues its Student Seminars. The session “Creating Mutually Beneficial Community Partnerships”  takes place in Hodges Library, room 252 at 3:00–5:00 p.m. Download a schedule with information about the series, and you can contact Dr. Javiette Samuel at with any questions about this workshop or the series.

Teaching and Learning Innovation will be hosting its first-ever Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference on Monday, April 8, 2019 in the new Student Union. This conference is meant to highlight the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in college classrooms across the state of Tennessee. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

IRB 101 is an overview of IRB requirements and procedures, and is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee. If you are doing research, you should probably know what an IRB is, and why it matters to you, so consider attending. For more details about the sessions, visit the Office of Research and Engagement. The first session for spring 2019 is on Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and you can register for this and other sessions.

21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference, which will focus on applying systems biology to biomedical research. Attendance is free, but registration is required. If you’re in a biology or biomedical field, there are speakers from places such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Abstracts are also being accepted for poster display. The conference is on March 27, 2019 here at UT, so get the full agenda and information on how to register!

Writing Center is launching a “Best Practices in Writing Instruction” lunchtime workshop series to support instructors in any discipline who assign writing in their courses. Any GTA, lecturer, or professorial faculty member in any department is invited to take advantage of these workshops, especially those teaching General Education “WC” (writing-intensive) courses.

  • Writing Assignment Design: Wed., Feb. 6, 11:30-1:00, Student Union 362A
  • Teaching ESL Writers: Wed., Feb. 20, 11:30-1:00, Student Union 262A
  • Responding to Student Writing: Wed. March 13, 11:30-1:00, Student Union 362A

Request to participate in one or more workshops at by January 30. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants. You will receive an email on January 31 to indicate whether there is an available spot for you in the workshop(s) you selected.Contact Dr. Kirsten Benson, Writing Center Director, at with any questions.

Office of Community Engagement and Outreach is launching a new program called Scholars for Community Outreach, Partnership and Engagement (SCOPE). SCOPE is designed to encourage more scholars-both graduate and undergraduate to become successful community-engaged scholars, leading to opportunities to present and publish their engagement work. Download a schedule with information about the series, and you can contact Dr. Javiette Samuel at with any questions about the series.