Office of the Provost News

Stem Cells to Egyptian Graffiti: Mic/Nite Highlights Faculty Research

Ryann Aoukar

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.

Fourth Associate Provost Candidate to Lead Forum Wednesday

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.

Third Associate Provost Candidate to Lead Forum Monday

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.

End of the Semester Academic Procedures

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.

Reminder of Textbook Ordering Deadline for Spring 2013

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.

Beginning of the Academic Year Reminders

Susan Martin

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.

Dandaneau Named Vice Provost at Kansas State University

Steve Dandaneau

Steve Dandaneau, associate provost and director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars programs, leaves UT Friday to become the vice provost for undergraduate studies at Kansas State University. He will be the first person at K-State to hold this position. A search for Dandaneau’s replacement is planned.

Zomchick Named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

John Zomchick

John Zomchick has been named vice provost for faculty affairs. The executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English, he will take over for Sarah Gardial, who leaves July 1 to become the dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. Zomchick will oversee the faculty promotion and tenure process and the recruiting, retaining, and training initiatives for faculty.

Public Forums Scheduled for Vice Provost Candidates

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in forums during the next two weeks to meet the three finalists for vice provost for faculty affairs. The candidates are John Zomchick, executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English; Dixie Thompson, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; and Jay Whelan, professor and head of the Department of Nutrition.

Martin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Provost Susan D. Martin, professor of classics was recognized last week at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Martin received a Latin Ovatio, the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. CAMWS is the largest regional classics association representing thirty-two states and three Canadian provinces.