William Corbett, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 9, in College of Law Classroom 132. Corbett is the Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law at Louisiana State University Law Center. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.
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Academic affairs administrators from twenty top universities will gather at the University of Tennessee October 8–10 for a conference focusing on managing change in undergraduate education. The event was organized by Sally McMillan, vice provost for academic affairs.
Brenda V. Smith, law professor at American University Washington College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, in College of Law Classroom 132.
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and part of the economic transition team advisory board for President Barack Obama, will deliver the Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture on September 23 at UT.
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.
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.