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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

Conflict of Interest Workshop

Conflicts of interest (COI) have the potential to threaten the integrity of the university’s research, scholarship, instruction, and administrative functions. In addition, many external funders require recipients to adhere to a COI policy and investigators on their projects to meet COI requirements. Knowledge and disclosure are key elements to ensure research integrity.

A current one-hour virtual course provides graduate students an overall understanding of COI requirements and the importance of following requirements to ensure research integrity. Topics covered will include:

  • sponsor requirements
  • university policy
  • what to disclose (including examples)
  • managing potential conflicts
  • handling tricky situations
  • resources at UT

The goal of the course is to provide students the knowledge and awareness to help keep their research results above question and keep their careers on track. For students required to meet Public Health Service requirements (including investigators on National Health Institute projects) this course supplements the online CITI course.

Participants must register no later than 5 p.m. on July 19. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Graduate Student Assistant Position in the Haslam Scholars Program

The Haslam Scholars program in the Honors and Scholars Programs Office is seeking to fill a Graduate Student Assistant position with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021. This is a 12-month position, which may be renewed.

The HSP Graduate Student Assistant will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Haslam Scholars program. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: event planning, data management and program assessment, program development, and working with 60 very talented and high achieving undergraduate students.

The ideal candidate will enjoy event programming and planning, working with high achieving and highly motivated students, compiling data and reports for program improvement and assessment, and have an interest in ensuring an exceptional undergraduate experience. Compensation is $16.50 an hour and does not include a tuition waiver.

Read more about this position or contact Kristin Tocci (ktocci@utk.edu).

Minimum Graduate Assistant Stipends to Rise by 20%

The Graduate School is excited to announce that Chancellor Plowman has authorized the investment of $1M in recurring funds to elevate our graduate assistant minimum stipends. This money will be used to increase the stipends of our lowest paid graduate assistants. In fact, this investment will allow us to elevate our minimum stipend levels by 20%.

This is the third major infusion of resources into graduate student stipends since 2018. In fall 2018, a $1M investment was used to raise minimum stipends by 20%. This was followed by $500K in targeted increases in fall 2019. This year’s commitment of funds to this important priority demonstrates the administration’s ongoing commitment to support our graduate student workforce.

Graduate assistants add to the richness of our campus in many ways. As a part of our teaching force, graduate teaching assistants/associates (GTAs) help educate undergraduate students and assist with our retention and graduation efforts. Equally important, our graduate research assistants (GRAs) are essential in advancing the university’s research mission.

There are just over 1650 graduate assistantships that receive central fee waivers. The university pays the tuition for these students so that neither the student nor the department have to bear these costs. Departments, colleges or, in some cases non-academic units, pay the stipends for these students. All students in central fee waiver positions who are currently making below the new minimums will be given a pay increase to reach the new levels. Departments will provide information about this increase to affected students.

Questions related to this investment can be directed to me at GradSchoolDean@utk.edu or to the Graduate School’s Business Manager, Sharon Foy, at sfoy1@utk.edu.

Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter Graduate Assistantship

UT is currently accepting applications for a Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter position. This position is anticipated to begin in August 2021 and run through the end of the academic year. The position is for a graduate student and contingent on the applicant being accepted by the UT Graduate School. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. The position is housed in the UT Center for Global Engagement and will be supervised by the UT Peace Corps Prep Coordinator. Please note that one of the minimum qualifications is that any applicant must be a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Read more about this position and how to apply.

GTA Position in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

Please note that this position is no longer accepting applications. The Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships seeks to fill a GTA position, beginning July or August 2021. The GTA is responsible for assisting with the promotion, coordination, implementation, and assessment of the office’s undergraduate research-focused student activities and programming. This assistantship is a 9- or 12-month (to include summer) position for 20 hours per week and offers a tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend. Review of applications will begin June 22.

Read more about this position or view other available graduate assistantships.