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MFA Program Among Best Drama Schools for Acting Degree

UT recently received national recognition for its Master of Fine Arts program in theatre. The Hollywood Reporter ranked the program 20th among the 25 best drama schools for an acting degree. “We are proud to be ranked among the best master’s degree in theatre programs in the country,” said Jed Diamond, associate professor of acting. “The Department of Theatre has a particular strength in the way our educational programs are so fully integrated with a professional producing company, the Clarence Brown Theatre.” Find out more about the MFA program in theatre in Tennessee Today.

Assistantship Position in UT Graduate School of Medicine

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,, 865-305-6615. Applications accepted until position is filled. Get more information about this position.

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Graduates!

Last night, the Spring 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony took place at Thompson-Boling Arena. Dean Dixie L. Thompson presided over the event, letting the graduates, faculty, and all those in the stands know how much UT appreciates the hard work and dedication that is represented by each of those receiving their degrees. Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport had the opportunity to address her first graduating class of graduate students at UT, and then joined Dean Thompson and Lee Riedinger, Director of the Bredesen Center of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, to confer the evening’s honorary degree.

Governor Philip N. Bredesen was the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and delivered an inspiring and entertaining speech. Following his remarks, Michelle K. Harding was introduced as the evening’s graduate student speaker. Her address was encouraging and uplifting, while recognizing the trials and tribulations of the life of a graduate student.

After the presentation of candidates and the conferral of degrees by Chancellor Davenport, master’s candidates were announced and greeted individually by the Chancellor and the dean of their college. The doctoral candidates were then each hooded by their chosen faculty members and greeted by their dean and the chancellor. As always, it was rewarding to witness the ceremony, to see the joy and promise in the faces of those graduate students who took part. Congratulations not just to those who participated in the ceremony but to all 800 of our graduating students!

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 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.

Responsive Preservation Initiative for Cultural Heritage Resources

Supported by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) has announced the Responsive Preservation Initiative (RPI) for Cultural Heritage Resources. The RPI program is designed to fund projects for urgent, emergent, or priority issues that need to be addressed quickly. Small grants are available for rapid emergency projects in Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, The Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.


  1. Professionals working to preserve archaeological sites and related CHRs in countries where permanent American overseas reserach centers’ networks exits are encouraged to apply. Individuals or teams may apply for funding. Biographies for all team members must be included in the proposal.
  2. Proposed projects should address urgent, emergent, or priority issues that need to be addressed quickly.
  3. Projects must propose a time-bound intervention in one of the following countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, The Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Available funds are limited and priority is given to projects applying between April – August 2017.

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