Susan Martin News

UT Launches Smart Communities Initiative with Cleveland, Tennessee

The city of Cleveland, Tennessee, has been chosen as the first partner city for UT’s new service-learning program, the Smart Communities Initiative. The partnership begins this fall. The goals of the SCI are to help students gain real-world experience and make valuable contacts in the community. It is a component of UT’s new Quality Enhancement Plan, which in turn is an important part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Colleges reaccreditation process.

2013–14 Life of the Mind Book Will be Eaarth by Bill McKibben

The world is “melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning” because of destructive environmental changes, and we must alter our ways if we want to keep the planet habitable for ourselves and future generations. That’s the warning from noted environmentalist Bill McKibben in his latest book, Eaarth. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet will be next year’s Life of the Mind common reading selection for UT freshmen.

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.

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.