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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

Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology Accepting Applications for 2018

The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships. The committee is now accepting applications for 2018 and applications will be accepted until January 24, 2018.

Evaluating Publishers: Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals

Whether you’re looking for journals in your field, receive a solicitation to submit work from a publisher, or are wondering which Open Access journals are trustworthy, librarians can help you find publishers and research their publishing practices before you submit your work. This workshop will briefly cover both monograph and journal publishers, with more time given to journal publishers.

The workshop will be held on September 28th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Hodges Library, Room 127.

The International Peace Scholarship for Women 2018-2019

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. If you are interested in being considered for the 2018–2019 fellowship cycle, you will need to fill out the eligibility form between September 15 and December 15. If you have any questions about the IPS, please visit PEO International or contact the local PEO representative, Bobbie Scull, at peorasus@gmail.com.

Instructional Technology Community of Practice Kickoff

UT Faculty and Graduate Teaching Associates are invited to bring their lunch and a colleague to the fall 2017 Instructional Technology Community of Practice (ITCoP) kickoff. Past GTA@OIT Grant recipients will host a panel discussion on technology tools that enhance teaching and learning in their courses.

The brown bag lunch event will be held on Wednesday, September 27th, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Hodges Library Practice Presentation Room, 220E. The presenters include: Amy Heger, Psychology; Cara Sulyok, Mathematics; and Vincent Price, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

For more information, visit the ITCoP website or visit the GTA@OIT Grant website to apply for the fall 2017 GTA@OIT Grant.

Reminder: Accessibility Workshops

Today, September 18, the Office of Information Technology offers a workshop called “Creating Accessible Documents with MS Office 2016” at 1:25–3:25 p.m. On September 21, the “Creating Accessible One-Shot Videos” workshop will be held at 1:00–2:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held in room 520 of Greve Hall. For details and registration, go to workshop.utk.edu.

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