Daniel Simberloff, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor who is one of the world’s leading experts on invasive species, has received the world’s pre-eminent prize for ecology and environmental science.
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A major gift from Department of Energy contractor UCOR has established the UCOR faculty fellowship in the College of Engineering. This gift heeds Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek’s challenge to private supporters to help recruit and retain UT’s most talented faculty. The first recipient of the faculty fellow award is Jason Hayward, an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is moving all of its custodial services back in house, ending its agreements with outside cleaning contractors and hiring many of their employees. The transition to in-house custodial services is set to be complete by July 1, 2013, with the hiring of approximately 120 employees.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s graduate programs in supply chain management/logistics, nuclear engineering, and printmaking are once again Top 10 national programs, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 rankings released today.
The University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus invested a record $153.8 million in research projects and public service programs for federal and state governments and private industry in fiscal year 2011. This investment impacts our future through the discoveries made and our economy through the people hired and equipment purchased.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is again ranked among the nation’s Top 50 public institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 undergraduate rankings released today. UT Knoxville ranked forty-sixth among all public universities, up one spot from last year, and 101st among all national universities, up from 104th last year. The College of Business Administration’s undergraduate program rose seven spots to twenty-seventh place among public universities, and the College of Engineering’s overall undergraduate program rose five spots to thirty-second place among public universities.
Since embarking on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university, UT Knoxville has made some good progress in its five priority areas—undergraduate education, graduate education, research, faculty and staff, and financial resources and infrastructure. To view Chancellor Cheek’s recent presentation to the Board of Trustees and to find all of the latest updates, see the new Vol Vision/Top 25 website.
UT Knoxville has set five priorities in meeting its goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Continually improving the university’s resource base is one of those priorities. The university also is working to increase the operating expenditures per students and endowments per student. Regal Entertainment Group has pledged to give up to $100,000 annually for the next five years to support the Regal Scholarship program.
UT Knoxville is working to become a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff will help us get there. To highlight the campus’s top priorities, Tennessee Today is featuring stories about faculty and staff whose work is already helping UT Knoxville reach the goal. Professor Shih-Lung Shaw is a researcher in the rapidly changing field of geographic information science, which analyzes geographic data and other information about human movement and transportation.
UT Knoxville is participating in the “2011 Great Colleges to Work For” survey administered by ModernThink, LLC. Sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the survey will be sent to all UT Knoxville full- and part-time faculty members, administrators and exempt staff. The survey will complement a system-wide employee engagement survey which will be conducted by UT Human Resources this fall. That survey will encompass faculty, exempt and non-exempt staff across the state and allow every campus to gain a picture of all employee groups.