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Teaching and Learning Innovation has announced that the Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2020 will take place on March 31, 2020 in UT’s Student Union. This conference highlights 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. The period for accepting proposals that highlight practices, pedagogies, and/or methods of delivery in the higher education context is now open. The deadline to submit your conference proposal is November 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. You can learn more and submit your proposal via the TLI website.


UT Pride Center invites all LGBTQ+ and ally graduate students to their monthly coffee and pastry mixer. They will provide food and drink, and you get to enjoy great conversation and community building. The next mixer is September 19, from 11-1 in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library. There will be others on October 24 and November 12 in the same time and place.


Writing Center is offering a workshop for graduate students who are in the process of writing their thesis or dissertation, to help them get their work off to a productive start this summer. The workshop will provide time for planning and drafting and will offer short presentations about writing, researching, de-stressing, formatting–and more. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in The Writing Center, located in HSS 212. If you’re interested, please submit a request to participate in the workshop by completing the request form by May 15.


Office of Research and Engagement and the Tickle College of Engineering have partnered to host a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) awareness workshop on May 14, 2019, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr Center for Public Policy. Lunch will be provided, but ORE asks that you register by May 9, 2019 for the workshop. Please contact Sarah Pruett (865-974-9918, spruett1@utk.edu) with any questions.


Writing Center will be offering a workshop called “Preparing and Teaching Diversity Statements.” This workshop is part of the Professional Development Summit for Graduate and Professional Students, sponsored by the Center for Career Development and the Graduate Student Senate. The summit offers a number of sessions throughout the day on April 6, from 8:30am–1:00pm. The event begins with registration at 8:30 in the lobby of the Mossman Building.


Commission for Women and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Empowering Women to Deal with Unit-Level Conflicts” on March 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Frieson Black Cultural Center. This “Ask the Experts” panel features several experts on conflict resolution (and, more generally, difficult conversations) who will help the audience explore productive and unproductive ways to resolve conflicts at the unit level on campus. For more information about this event, contact Joan Heminway (jheminwa@utk.edu).


IT Community of Practice (ITCoP) will have its next session in the UT Gardens. Participants will meet at the South Greenhouse, room 122, at 12:20. The Greenhouse is located at 2518 Jacob Drive (get directions). This session, presented by Joanne Logan, from the Department of BioSystems Engineering and Soil Science, will explore how innovative teaching and learning spaces and practices are implemented in the UT Gardens on the Ag Campus. Participants will see how students engage in both the process and the learning of concepts related to public-use plant collections. Come experience the role of “plant data collector.”


Teaching & Learning Innovation is hosting its Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference on April 8, 2019. They are accepting conference presentation proposals until March 8 at 11:59 EST. These should be proposals that highlight practices (collaborative, active, peer-led, etc.), pedagogies (e.g. experiential learning, engaged scholarship, inclusive and culturally relevant, etc.) and/or methods of delivery (online, blended, face-to-face, etc.) in the higher education context. The registration deadline is March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Find out more about the conference and register!