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Breakout Sessions—Block 1

Student Health Insurance

Review of the eligibility requirements to enroll in the student health insurance plan, details about the coverage and how to use it for the best benefits, the Student Health Center referral requirement, how claims are processed, and how to enroll. View the recording of this session.

Jaclyn Slack, Hildreth Agency

Title IX: Your Rights & Responsibilities

This presentation will introduce the Office of Title IX at UT. Participants will learn about the university’s comprehensive commitment to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Students will also learn how to access supportive services both on and off campus, and how to support university-wide prevention efforts. View the recording for this session.
Laura Bryant

Laura Bryant, Office of Title IX

Laura Bryant, Ph.D., MSSW serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention, Training, and Evaluation in the Office of Title IX. In her role, Laura oversees the university’s comprehensive approach to preventing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Laura has worked at the university for eleven years, and before serving in her current role, Laura was the Director of the Center for Health Education & Wellness in which she directed student prevention efforts, care, and support via 974-HELP, and threat assessment. Currently, Laura serves as a member of the Commission for LGBT People and serves on the College of Social Work Advisory Board where she is also an adjunct professor.

Developing Future Faculty at UT

This presentation highlights the programs and resources from the Developing Future Faculty initiative of Teaching & Learning Innovation (TLI). TLI programs include seminars on evidence-based teaching strategies and effective online teaching. Resources include access to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), an international network of colleagues and universities working to equip graduate students and postdocs with knowledge and skills for career success. View the recording of this session.
Robert Jacobsen

Robert Jacobsen, Teaching and Learning Innovation

Robert Jacobsen, PhD, wears many hats around the university. As a lecturer in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Jacobsen teaches introductory geology and geoscience education. Through his course on planetary geology, students learn to use Earth’s geology to understand the geology of our solar system. Jacobsen also works with Teaching & Learning Innovation as the UT Institutional Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning. In this role, Jacobsen leads programs for graduate students and postdocs focused on evidence-based teaching practices in STEM. Through these programs, participants become more authentic and effective instructors. Finally, Jacobsen is the Assistant Director of the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium. The consortium exists to support STEM learning opportunities at UT and in the community. Each year, Jacobsen coordinates funding for undergraduate research and community partnerships focused on K-12 education.

Tennessee Traditions

This presentation offers new students a chance to learn about the history behind some of the most beloved traditions that make UT special. In addition, we’ll highlight points of interest both on and off campus and share aspects of our experience as graduate students at UT. View the recording for this session.
Abby Sherman

Abby Sherman, Graduate Student Services

Abby Sherman is the Coordinator of Student Services for the Graduate School. Abby has worked in graduate education at UT for over 6 years. She advises students on Graduate School requirements for theses and dissertations and is part of the graduate and professional student professional development team. Abby earned two bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UT. She is a voracious reader and loves all things creative whether it be art, music, or theatre. She enjoys taking advantage of the amazing outdoor amenities in East TN and going to local festivals.

Natalie Hassett

Natalie Hassett, GRA, Graduate School

Natalie Hassett is a School Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at UT. This year, Natalie will earn her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and a graduate certificate in Grief, Loss, and Trauma. In 2018, she graduated from Clemson University earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Natalie is currently a graduate research assistant for the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has worked on several research projects focusing on literacy assessment and instruction as well as the identification and screening of students for dyslexia and intellectual giftedness. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring Knoxville, TN and loves spending time with her family and community.