The Educational Advancement Program’s Summer 2014 Research Institute, an undergraduate preparation for graduate school, began in May and ended last week. Fifteen first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented undergraduates engaged in examining a research topic, gaining skills and knowledge about preparing a literature review, examining research methods, and practicing technical writing while under the guidance of a UT faculty mentor.
Office of the Provost News
Doug Blaze is beginning his final year as dean of the College of Law. He has decided to return to teaching full time. The search for a new dean is underway. The goal is to fill the position by July 2015. Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.
As UT moves toward establishing a service-learning program called the Smart Communities Initiative, the campus community is invited to learn more about a similar, and very successful, program operating in Oregon. Representatives from the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative will be on campus Monday, December 9, to discuss their cross-disciplinary Sustainable City Year Program with faculty, staff, students, and members of the public sector.
Got six minutes and forty seconds? That’s all you need to learn about some of the intriguing research happening at UT. Faculty and staff are invited to Mic/Nite on Thursday, October 10, to hear eleven of their peers talk about their work, which ranges from urban forestry to ancient Roman forts. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre with a social hour, including a cash bar and free pizza.
Imagine learning about significant research—everything from stem cell research to Egyptian graffiti—in seven minutes or less. That’s what happens at Mic/Nite, where eleven faculty members take turns making short presentations about their work. This semester’s Mic/Nite will be held on March 13 at the Relix Variety Theatre. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, including a cash bar and pizza. The free event is open only to UT faculty, staff, and their spouses or partners.
The fourth and final candidate in the search for the associate provost and director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars programs will visit campus Wednesday and lead a forum for the campus community. Kevin Knudson, director of the Honors Program at the University of Florida, will lead the forum from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, in the Crest Room of the University Center.
The third of four finalists in the search for the associate provost and director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars programs will visit campus Monday and lead a forum for the campus community. Lori Underwood, associate professor and department chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University, will lead a forum from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28, in the Crest Room of the University Center.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Sally McMillan reminds faculty, staff, and students of end-of-the-semester policies from the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
The deadline for ordering reading materials for spring courses is Monday, October 1. The UT Bookstore works hard to meet its obligation of being a full-service provider of course materials for our students. The bookstore is particularly important for scholarship students who often depend on it as the only place that can accept their financial aid in a timely fashion and get books to them before the start of classes.
With the Fall 2012 semester about to begin, Provost Susan Martin introduces faculty and staff to this year’s freshman class, and address policy changes in place for the new academic year.