Office of the Provost News

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.

Vice Provost Applicants Sought

Applications are now being sought for the position of vice provost for faculty affairs. This vice provost will work closely with the provost on promotion and tenure decisions and will make recommendations on personnel issues. Applicants must be UT faculty members with rank of professor and with tenure. Review of applications will begin on April 9 and will continue until the position is filled.

Gardial Named Dean of Tippie College of Business

Sarah Gardial, vice provost for faculty affairs, has been named dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. She begins the job July 1. She has been vice provost since 2008 and has helped enhance faculty benefits and career path advancement.

Call for Proposals for Fall 2012 Freshman Seminar

The Freshman Seminar Program is looking for tenured and tenure-track faculty interested in teaching First Year Seminar courses. Faculty will have the opportunity to engage with student on topics of mutual interest and receive $1,500 for research support. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, April 9.

End of the Semester Academic Procedures

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Sally McMillan addresses policies regarding end of the semester procedures for UT Knoxville faculty, staff, and students.

WBIR-TV: UT works to alleviate ‘bottleneck’ classes

In this report from WBIR-TV, Provost Susan Martin discusses what UT Knoxville is doing to alleviate so-called “bottleneck” courses. Large numbers of students fight for a limited number of spaces for many general education courses. Martin says that UT has been hiring lecturers and rearranging instructional staff to ease students’ paths through these courses.

End of the Semester Academic Procedures

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Sally McMillan addresses policies regarding end of the semester procedures for UT Knoxville faculty, staff, and students.