University of Tennessee Knoxville

Office of the Provost Newsletter


As a follow-up to last month's construction update, I wanted to share that the Department of History and the College of Social Work will move to Stokely Management Center. The space was made available thanks to the efforts of the Haslam College of Business, in partnership with the Finance and Administration staff, to consolidate its space in Stokely. In addition, four researchers from the Department of Psychology will relocate to Blount Hall.
I am grateful for the spirit of partnership and collegiality that led to these solutions. The process to finalize relocation space for additional units affected by construction is continuing. I know these changes can be disruptive, and I appreciate everyone's patience through current and upcoming transitions as we complete projects envisioned in our master plan.
John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

News and Notes

The Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, March 23, 2023. This year's keynote speaker is Peter Felten, professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University.
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Military Cultural Competency “Green Zone” Training, which aims to educate the campus community about student veterans, their unique strengths and opportunities, and the services available to them.
Vol Success Week takes place February 27–March 3. To promote the week's events, the Division of Student Success has prepared a PowerPoint slide for faculty to share with students between now and February 27.
UT has launched a new partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a Washington, D.C. think tank, to provide nonpartisan public policy insights and develop innovative research initiatives. This is BPC’s first official partnership with an institution of higher education.
The College of Communication and Information has announced the upcoming launch of the Information Integrity Institute. The institute, which plans to launch July 1, 2023, will encompass many areas of research throughout the college, including misinformation, disinformation, trusted data, identifying quality information, and other topics.


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Achievements, recognitions, and more good news
Chancellor’s Professor Kevin Tomsovic has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest international honors available to engineering professionals and researchers, for his research on power system computational methods and power engineering education.
Hollie Raynor, Associate Dean of Research in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, will join the USDA 2025 Dietary Guidelines Committee. Raynor, a nationally-recognized researcher, will lend her expertise in the development of updated dietary guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards, and education.
Phillip Myer, an associate professor in UTIA's Department of Animal Science, has been awarded the Outstanding Early Career Animal Scientist Award in Research by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS). The award recognizes outstanding achievements for early career scientists in the area of research activity.
Assistant Professor Devina Sanjaya has been named to the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2023 class of MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellows. The fellowship is a joint commitment between SIAM and Mathematically Gifted and Black (MGB) to provide professional activities and career development for early career applied mathematicians, especially those belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically excluded from the mathematical sciences in the United States.
The Center for Global Engagement and the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, have announced the awardees of the 2022-23 Global Catalyst Faculty Research Grants. Global Catalyst Grants provide partial support in building Tennessee’s connections to international colleagues, institutional partners, and opportunities abroad.
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Making Connections

Upcoming events where you can gather, connect with colleagues, and have fun.

Leading and Learning

  • March 8 | Overview of the UTK Tenure and Promotion Process
  • March 22 | Life After Retirement: Post-Professorial Bliss
Faculty Promotion and Review Workshops
Teaching and Learning Innovation Spring Workshops

Contact Us

Office of the Provost
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0184
Phone: 865-974-2445

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