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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

Introduction to Dialogue Across Difference

Intro to Dialogue Across DifferenceAre you seeking skills to prepare you to engage in difficult conversations around diversity, racism and social justice? Are you interested in developing skills for dialogue across difference while furthering your awareness of social issues? Join the Office of Diversity and Engagement for “Introduction to Dialogue Across Difference” on November 23, from noon–1pm on Zoom. Joe Miles, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, will discuss what dialogue is as a form of communication, what psychological research tells us about dialogue across difference, and practical skills for engaging in dialogue with others. Visit the UT Calendar for details and access to this workshop.

Back to the Classroom: Panel Discussion with Face to Face/Hybrid Instructors

Will you be teaching a face-to-face or hybrid course next spring for the first time? This Thursday, join instructors who have previously taught in these forms to learn strategies and approaches to create a successful learning experience for your students.

This workshop is hosted by the Teaching and Learning Innovation and is open to faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who will be teaching in-person or hybrid class(es) during the spring 2021 semester.

For more information and to RSVP for the session please go to:



IRB 101 Session on November 12

IRB 101 is an overview of IRB requirements and procedures, and is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee. If you are doing research, you should probably know what an IRB is, and why it matters to you, so consider attending. For more details about the sessions, visit the Office of Research and Engagement. The next session for fall 2020 is Thursday, November 12th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. You can register for this session at

Teaching & Learning Brown Bag Series

Vols Online is hosting a Brown Bag series on online teaching and learning. There are two upcoming sessions:

Speakers will be sharing strategies, tips and recommendations for successful teaching and learning online.

For more information and for the full list of Brown Bag sessions please visit the homepage here. 

Associate Dean Brothers Speaks During First-Gen Week
Ernest Brothers

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, will present First-Gen Grad School 101 on November 10 from 5:00pm–6:00pm, as part of UT’s First-Gen Week. First-Gen Grad School 101 is designed to demystify the graduate application process, and provide insight on how to be competitive for graduate programs.

Brothers has a great amount of experience speaking with prospective graduate students across the country about graduate education at UT. He recognizes that applying to graduate school can be a daunting task, and that for a first-generation student, it can be even more daunting. Please join the discussion and allow Associate Dean Brothers tell you about the graduate school process and answer your questions.