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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

Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 Accepting Proposals

Teaching and Learning Innovation has announced that the Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2020 will take place on March 31, 2020 in UT’s Student Union. This conference highlights the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in college classrooms across the state of Tennessee. The period for accepting proposals that highlight practices, pedagogies, and/or methods of delivery in the higher education context is now open. The deadline to submit your conference proposal is November 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. You can learn more and submit your proposal via the TLI website.

Get Ideas on Teaching Online at the Online Course Showcase

If you’re interested in teaching online, but you’re not sure where to start, or if you’ve already taught online but want some new ideas or strategies, head over to the Student Union Ballroom on October 28, 2019. The Online Course Showcase, hosted by Teaching and Learning Innovation’s Online Programs and the Office of Information Technology, will be providing opportunity for faculty who have designed and taught online classes to share their insight. Stop by between 10am and 4pm as your schedule allows!

Teaching Support Awards Program Accepting Applications

Teaching and Learning Innovation has announced that the Teaching Support Awards Program is now accepting applications, and will be open until all of the allocated funds are applied for, or until the deadline date of November 11, 2019. The TSA Program provides funding to instructional faculty members, graduate student teachers, and staff members to help them enhance the learning experience for students that take their courses. You can learn more and apply via TLI’s website:

Don Asher to Speak at UT on the Graduate Admissions Process

Considering applying to a graduate program? Don Asher will be speaking here at UT on October 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Student Union to help you understand the process and give you ideas on how to set yourself apart. The event is co-sponsored by: The Center for Career Development, Arts and Sciences Advising Services, The College of Engineering, The Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Programs, The Student Success Center, and Education, Health & Human Sciences Advising. Get more details about the event at the UT Calendar.

Graduate Student Worker Position in the Haslam Scholars Program

The Haslam Scholars Program seeks to hire a one-half time (20 hours/week) Graduate Student Worker to assist in the coordination of The Haslam Scholars Program for the remaining 2019-2020 academic year, with the possibility of extending it through the following academic year. Get the full details of the position. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this position by October 18th to Sylvia Turner at sturne31@utk.eduPlease note that this is a student worker position and does not include a tuition waiver.