When Katherine Waxstein graduates this week, she’ll leave behind some work for others to do. As part of a volunteer project, Waxstein developed a leadership program for elementary school students that’s been so successful it has been turned into a university course that will be taught in the fall. Waxstein has completed a double major in child and family studies and psychology.
College of Education Health and Human Sciences News
Ten educators will be part of 2014—2015 cohort of the UT Leadership Academy. Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Academy is a collaborative venture between UT and Knox County Schools that prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive fifteen-month fellowship program. The class will begin work May 30.
The Provost’s Service-Learning Office is working on a plan to give an “S” designation to approved courses with a service-learning component. The application process was piloted this spring by nine faculty members, each representing a different college. The university already has many courses that employ service-learning, and the service-learning office is developing mechanisms to enhance the support and recognition of faculty who do this work.
Senior Brooke Elana Terry has received the 2014 Claxton Medallion. The $5,000 award is given annually to a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who will be entering a fifth-year internship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to prepare for a career in teaching.
Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
Cutting-edge ideas in medical, mechanical, and biological technology were on display at the UT Conference Center this week for the annual two-day symposium sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Two principals from Sevier County and Davidson County, respectively, are the latest recipients of awards that recognize outstanding education leaders in the state. Benjamin T. Clabo, principal of Pigeon Forge High School in Sevier County, is the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. J. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School in Davidson County, has received the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Secondary Principalship for the State of Tennessee.
UT is renewing its commitment to Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) and will provide $150,000 each year for the next five years for the Project GRAD Summer Institute. Representatives from UT, Project GRAD, and the Great Schools Partnership announced the continued funding for the partnership today. This year will be the Summer Institute’s thirteenth year at the university.
Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in US history, visited UT on Thursday to speak and participate in a panel discussion with coaches from six countries as part of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative.
Six educators—including a Holocaust survivor—who have significantly influenced students’ lives, will be inducted into UT’s 2014 Educators Hall of Honor on Thursday, March 27.