Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center News

Theriot Named UT’s Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation


Associate Professor of Social Work Matthew Theriot, who successfully led the effort to develop UT’s new Experience Learning initiative, has been named associate provost for teaching and learning innovation. He will oversee implementation of Experience Learning and oversee the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.

Higher Ed Engagement Expert to Speak on March 13


UT’s Office of Research and Engagement is hosting a national expert on academic reward systems for engaged scholarship. KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, will present “Rewarding Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Strategies for Action” at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the university.

Olsen Named Director of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center


Taimi Olsen, formerly the associate director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, has been named as the center’s new director. She replaces Dave Schumann, the center’s founding director, who will now split his time between faculty duties in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and the center.

“Flipped Classroom” Lunch Workshop Offered

Faculty Appreciation Week has been set for February 10-14, and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center is sponsoring a free luncheon workshop on flipped classrooms on Wednesday, February 12. “Flipping Out at UT: the Pedagogy of Flipped Classrooms” will be presented by center staff along with professors Richard Bennett and Brad Vander Zanden and lecturer Will Schleter, all from the College of Engineering, and Mary Holcomb, associate professor in the College of Business Administration.

Applications Due Monday for Graduate Teaching Certification Program

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School have collaborated to create the Graduate Teaching Certification Program. The deadline for applying to be part of the inaugural cohort is Monday, November 25. Applicants may download the online application and submit the completed form to fmcgaske@utk.edu. Potential participants will be sent a departmental recommendation form. Both the application and the recommendation form must be completed and received by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Search for Director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications for the position of director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. The center is currently under the direction of professor David Schumann, who will step down from that role on December 31. This is an internal search, and the committee seeks to make its recommendation to the provost by the end of the semester. Applications are requested by Friday, December 6, but the position will remain open until filled.