College of Education Health and Human Sciences News

UT Professors: New Generation Is Making the Holidays Mobile


It’s getting hard to keep Christmas gifts a secret these days. Last year, Twitter posts revealed what President Obama was buying for his daughters a few days early. That’s not the only way that new technology is changing the holidays. Lisa Fall, associate professor of advertising and public relations, said she is amazed by the way the Internet and smartphones make planning holiday celebrations and keeping in touch easier.

Ready for the World Café Delivers a Taste of Northern Spain November 20

Ready for the World

Diners at the UT Ready for the World Café will continue their travels through the Mediterranean with a taste of northern Spain on Tuesday, November 20. The café operates from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive. Advance tickets will be sold for the luncheon for $12, and the faculty-staff discount applies.

Ready for the World Café Explores Southern Spanish Food November 15

Ready for the World

Bienvenido! The UT Ready for the World Café welcomes diners to experience the food of southern Spain on Thursday, November 15. The café operates from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive. Advance tickets will be sold for the luncheon for $12, and the faculty-staff discount applies.

Elite South Korean Athletes Train at UT to Become Global Sports Ambassadors


Nineteen elite South Korean athletes—from Olympic gold medalists to world champions—will spend the next few months at UT learning skills to become coaches and international sports ambassadors. The retired athletes also will improve their English language, learn sports marketing, pick up coaching techniques, and work in their area of athletic expertise as part of the Next Generation Sports Talent program.

Clarksville Vineyard Wins Best of Show at UT Wines of the South Contest

A Clarksville, Tennessee, vineyard beat out wineries from fourteen states and won the Best of Show title at UT’s eleventh annual Wines of the South competition. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery took the main prize with its 2008 Syrah during the competition this month. Fifty wineries from across the Southeast entered the contest and submitted 392 wines.

Center for Literacy Studies Changes Name to Reflect Broader Mission

The Center for Literacy Studies has changed its name to reflect its broader mission to support improvement in education and workforce development through training, resources, advocacy, and research. The organization’s new name is the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment.

VolsTeach Gets New Home to Better Serve Aspiring Math, Science Teachers

First Row: Richard Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; Polly Anna Harris, VolsTeach Leadership Council member; Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chancellor Jimmy Cheek; Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education Health and Human Sciences; Susan Riechert, co-director of CEEMS/ VolsTeach; and Susan Benner, co-director of CEEMS/VolsTeach. Second Row: Brooke Newman, Sarah Eakes, Rebecca West and Jaclyn Waymire, VolsTeach Students. Back Row: Daniel Rose and Joel Smith, VolsTeach Students.

Aspiring math and science teachers at the university will now have better access to state-of-the-art instructional tools to promote higher-level thinking in the classroom, thanks to a new home for the VolsTeach program. VolsTeach, which prepares math and science majors to become teachers in Tennessee’s high-need middle and high schools, moved into a new space last month.

Communication 101: UT Expert Offers Tips on Talking with Children’s Teachers

As schools gear up for parent-teacher conferences, it’s important for parents to share concerns to ensure children have the greatest chance of academic success. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers suggestions to help parents navigate conversations with teachers during the conferences and throughout the school year.