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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

Deadline Approaching For W. K. McClure Scholarship

Just a reminder that the W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs is accepting applications until March 7, 2018.

This scholarship provides awards to undergraduate and graduate students of up to $5000 to support international projects aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility through legal, cultural, political, economic, social and scientific studies. Applications are submitted through the Center for International Education. If you have any questions contact Brittany Coats (bcoates2@utk.edu/865-974-3177).

GTA Position in the Office of Undergraduate Research

Are you a current or incoming UT graduate student in good standing? Do you have strong organizational and communication skills? The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking to fill a 12-month Graduate Teaching Assistant position to begin August 1, 2018. This position will assist in areas of student outreach, engagement, assessment and research. Applications are being accepted immediately, with reviews beginning on March 23. Find out more about the position and how to apply.

Teaching and Learning Innovation Offers Support for Online Course Development

Teaching and Learning Innovation would like to make you aware of the support they provide for instructors who are planning to teach or who are already teaching online/hybrid classes. The Vols Online website provides information about policies around all online and hybrid courses at UT, and TLI hosts workshops designed to help instructors design and deliver courses that are equal in academic quality and rigor to those taught in traditional, on campus settings. View all of the workshops and register for those you’d like to attend.

Third Annual Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History

On March 1, 2018 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in Strong Hall Auditorium B-001, the Third Annual Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History will be delivered by Thavolia Glymph. Thavolia Glymph is professor of history, faculty research scholar of the Population Research Institute, and faculty affiliate of the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her lecture is entitled “Against and Archive of Death, Erasure, and Evacuated Language: Writing the History of Black Women Refugees in the Civil War.” Download the flyer for more information.

Diversi-Tea Spring 2018

Diversi-Tea is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate communication among faculty and staff about issues related to inclusive teaching practices. In monthly sessions sponsored by Teaching and Learning Innovation, faculty and staff will be given the opportunity to learn from one another and engage in dialogue about the various ways of incorporating inclusive teaching practices. The next Diversi-Tea will be on February 22 from 3:30–5:00 p.m. in the Frieson Black Cultural Center and the topic will be “Assessing Your Cultural Competency: Self-Reflection for Inclusive Practice in the Classroom and Beyond.” Be sure to register for the workshop, if you plan to attend.

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