Faculty & Staff News

Summer Session Ideal for Employees’ Children

UT employees’ sons and daughters who come home from other colleges during summer can continue to work on their degrees by taking classes here. UT welcomes visiting students to take a class on campus, abroad, or online. Interested students should check with their home institution to ensure courses will transfer. To apply for the summer

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Governor’s Chair Liu Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liu serves as deputy director of the National Science Foundation–backed Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks—CURENT—which is housed in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering.

Alloy Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Easo George will hold the title of Governor’s Chair for Advanced Alloy Theory and Development, the 15th joint faculty member in the Governor’s Chair program, a cornerstone of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnership.

Communication Studies Professor Kupritz is Inaugural Swain Professor

Communication Studies Professor Virginia Kupritz has been named the inaugural William H. Swain Professor. The professorship was made possible by a generous gift from Martha S. “Missy” Wallen, who received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 1974, in honor of her father, William H. Swain, who was also a UT alumnus. This five-year rotating

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ELEMENTS Update to Expand Faculty Ability to Track Activity

The second phase of ELEMENTS will launch in January and all faculty members will be able to record all their scholarly, teaching, and professional activities in the system. ELEMENTS is already used to record teaching and scholarship activity, with much of information imported automatically through Banner and UT Libraries resources. This ELEMENTS module will be expanded

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Faculty Appreciation Week Planning Underway

Faculty Appreciation Week 2017 will be held the week of February 6. If your office or group is interested in hosting an event or doing something special for faculty that week, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing for more information. Posters and other publicity materials will be finalized by mid-January, so details are

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Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism

Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.

UT’s Harjo: How Artists Can Use Their Craft to Address National Debates

When members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began protesting a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, Joy Harjo used her voice and saxophone to raise awareness about the situation. Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, said artists play a crucial role in using their craft to address or draw attention to national issues in such a way that people will listen.