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Scheduled Your Dissertation Defense Yet?

The deadline for scheduling a dissertation defense is rapidly approaching. If you are in a doctoral program and plan to graduate in fall 2017, don’t forget that you’ll need to schedule your dissertation defense with the Graduate School at least a week before the date of your defense. Since the deadline to defend a dissertation is November 3, the last day to schedule your defense is October 27.

One-Day Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research

The University of Tennessee Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) announces a one-day workshop to provide training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). This workshop will take place on November 2, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in 106 Panhellenic.

RCR instruction is targeted towards individuals preparing for careers as research scientists and those seeking to fulfill the professional development requirements pertaining to RCR mandated by federal funding agencies.

Representatives from across the campus research community will present on: collaborative research, culturally diverse mentoring, data management plans and best practices, acquiring and maintaining IRB approval at UT, and publication issues and best practices. Separate breakout sessions will be available for those who work with human subjects or conduct laboratory research, as well as an interactive discussion of real life research misconduct scenarios.

Lunch will be provided and ORE will distribute certificates of completion for use on CVs and application documents.

For more information, contact Donna Ford at To register, visit the Office of Research and Engagement.

Bredesen Center Students Attend Policy Conference

Bredesen Trio

Christine Ajinjeru, left to right, Mallory Ladd, and Jayde Aufrecht tour Washington, DC, during the 2017 Women In Global Policy conference.

A trio of UT students from the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education got a chance to study, collaborate, and meet with other women from around the world at the recent Women in Global Policy conference in Washington, D.C. Mallory Ladd, Christine Ajinjeru, and Jayde Aufrecht attended the weeklong event, which included discussions and debates, as well as visits to places where the country’s international polices are made and put to the test, including the U.S. Department of State. The three are part of the Energy Science and Engineering doctoral program at the Bredesen Center. Read more about their trip at the Tickle College of Engineering.

Toward an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Faculty Allies

The Teaching and Learning Center will be sponsoring the keynote presentation of Dr. Kim Case, a 1997 UT Knoxville alumna with a degree in psychology, on Friday, Oct. 20 from 10–11:30 a.m. in Stokely Hall, Multi-Purpose Room 199ABC.

The keynote presentation is titled, “Toward an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Faculty Allies,” and will focus on inclusive pedagogical practices for instructors. Dr. Case has won a number of national teaching awards; published books on teaching, multiculturalism, and intersectionality; and been invited to give keynote presentations at a number of teaching conferences throughout the country.

Students can sign up by visiting the Teaching and Learning Center’s event calendar. If students have any questions about this presentation, they can contact Dr. Ferlin McGaskey at

Help UT Understand Your Web Survey Software Needs

The university contract for UT’s current web survey software is due for renewal in spring 2018. Given that web survey software is widely used by faculty, staff, and students, UT is interested in input from members of the campus community.

They would like to know what features are important to your data collection needs, as well as what types of data you collect.

Current users of web survey software at UT received an email containing a link to a survey this week. If you did not receive an email and would like to provide feedback on your web survey needs, you can do so at The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. OIT has included an extensive list of features culled from many web survey software providers. Progress will not be saved so you will need to complete the survey in one session. The survey will close 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 21.

Graduate School as a Means to a Job

The Center for Career Development and Graduate Student Senate are co-sponsoring a graduate student focused webinar. On Wednesday, October 18th from 5–6:30 p.m., in Hodges Library 253, they are hosting Graduate School as a Means to a Job featuring Karen Kelsky, author of book and blog, The Professor is In ( Karen will cover both the academic and alt-academic job search. Note: free pizza will be served!

Chancellor Davenport’s Investiture

This week, we all have an opportunity to share in a rare event that will become part of UT’s history—Chancellor Davenport’s investiture. A revered tradition, the investiture is a formal academic ceremony to introduce a new campus leader and allow the new chancellor an opportunity to publicly share his or her vision.

The celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, with a tree planting ceremony in Circle Park. The investiture ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, in Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building, with a reception following.

The campus community is invited to attend both ceremonies.

There is a lot of information on the investiture webpages of the chancellor’s site. We invite you to leave a message for Chancellor Davenport, learn more about the ceremony and why you should attend, the history of the ceremony at UT, and the symbols and traditions associated with investiture.

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