Faculty & Staff News

UT to Host Speculative Architect Liam Young Oct. 10

Liam Young

Speculative architect Liam Young will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, as part of the Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series. Speculative architects use the built environment to express themselves in a way that’s similar to how storytellers use words.

Tennessee Today Looking for Great ‘Office Stories’

Have you outfitted your UT office to fit your unique interest or style? Do you have original artwork, a favorite collection, or a really quirky item on display? Does your office tell a story about your hobby or passion outside of work? We’d love to see a photo of your office and hear your unique

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Inside Higher Ed: Framing Classroom Incivility


Communication Studies faculty member Courtney Wright is the author of an essay that was recently posted on Inside Higher Ed. According to her article, faculty members at colleges and universities around the country are grappling with how to address potentially sensitive topics such as race and ethnicity, sexual assault, gender and sexuality, religion, and political

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‘Doctor Bugs’ of the Smithsonian to Speak at UT October 11


A noted entomologist, nature photographer and explorer will speak at UT on Tuesday, October 11. Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bugs, will present a lecture exploring the connection between social identity and the evolution of societies. He is a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

Vol Court Pitch Competition Kicks Off October 12

Shawn Carson, Vol Court director.

Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.

Smart Communities Initiative Working on Projects for Downtown Lenoir City

From seeking new uses for old buildings to finding ways to stimulate tourism, UT students are putting classroom lessons into practice in collaboration with Lenoir City, Tennessee, as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). “Our Smart Communities Initiative is now in its third year and we’re excited to collaborate with our program partner, Lenoir City, on a cluster of projects focused on the downtown area,” said Kelly Ellenburg, director of UT’s Office of Service-Learning, which oversees the SCI.

Enroll or Re-Enroll in the Flexible Benefits Plan

October 31 is the deadline to enroll in the flexible benefits plan for 2017. Open enrollment began October 3. This program requires employees to sign up for the benefit each year, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled. The process is separate from the open enrollment for medical, dental, and vision insurance. Flexible benefits allow employees

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