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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Writing Your Diversity Statement

The DEI Awareness for the Workforce series continues on February 25 from 5:00p.m.–6:30p.m. with “Writing Your Diversity Statement.” Increasingly, positions in higher education and industry require applicants to submit a diversity statement as part of their materials. The goal of this panel is to discuss what a diversity statement is, its purposes, and what an effective statement should include. Participants will reflect on the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their life; how their research, teaching & mentoring, and service experiences demonstrate their commitment to these values; and how they might contribute to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school, organization, or company they join.

Learn more and register at:

This session is part of the DEI Awareness for the Workforce Series organized by the Graduate and Professional Student Professional Development initiative (GPSPD).

Health Equity and Race Series

Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 and other chronic diseases. On Friday, February 26 at 10am, join the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach and area experts to learn how UT can partner with community organizations to address and close these gaps in health equity.

To register for the zoom link you can go to

The upcoming series is on the UT Calendar at:

The Power of Careers in Healthcare Informatics Webinar

Are you interested in working in healthcare? If the asnwer is yes, consider joining the School of Information Sciences on March 9 at 6:30pm for their “The Power of Careers in Healthcare Informatics” webinar.

Industry and academic experts will share their insights on current trends in health informatics and the kinds of job opportunities that exist in this rapidly growing field.  The relaxed atmosphere of this moderated virtual town hall will allow the speakers to share their views on the topic areas and for the virtual audience to ask about what is on their mind.

Registration is required. Please visit to register.

For more information about the new online graduate Healthcare Informatics Certificate, please go to


GRA Position in Graduate Admissions

Office of Graduate Admissions is seeking to fill a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position that will begin June 1, 2021. It is a 12-month position, which may be renewed, based on performance and available funding of the stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.


This position will be expected to do the following:

  • create and analyze data reports,

  • assist front desk personnel,

  • support the Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Admissions in various tasks to include conducting research associated with graduate admissions and enrollment.

Requirements and Expectations

  • 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.

  • At this time, COVID precautions may limit work performed in the office and require work to be performed both remotely and in the office.

  • Enrollment in at least six graduate credit hours per semester (including summers) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus 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.

Receiving Feedback with Head and Heart

One of the skills developed by graduate students during their program is how to assimilate criticism. As they become employees, extending those skills into the realm of performance management is essential for growth and development.

Learning and Organizational Development in Human Resources at UT is offering a workshop entitled “Emotional Intelligence: Receiving Feedback with Head and Heart.” In this session, facilitators will discuss strategies for developing our emotional intelligence to receive feedback with head and heart.

This virtual workshop will be offered at two different times on February 17:

You can find out more about professional development for graduate and professional students at our GPSPD page.