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Ferlin McGaskey


Director of Professional Development

This is a head shot of Ferlin McGaskey, director of faculty development

Ferlin McGaskey, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Professional Development and the Administrative Co-leader of UT CIRTL. In his role, he leads and oversees the coordination of all TLI programming, workshops, and professional development opportunities for faculty and campus stakeholders, including all of TLI’s annual events, such as the annual New Faculty Teaching Institute, TLI’s Certificate Curriculum, and the annual Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference, as well as all summer programming and events. He also leads and oversees all of TLI’s graduate student professional development offerings, and manages the team responsible for their implementation, as well as that of the unit’s inclusive teaching offerings.

McGaskey earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from UT, and has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the university. He is a certified facilitator and trainer in Collaborative Communication, a dialogic process that promotes respectful inquiry, deep understanding, empathetic listening, and transformative engagement. In addition to his work for TLI, McGaskey’s research interests, examining the experience of graduate students (with a particular focus on students of color), have been published in a number of edited books and academic journals. His future research will focus on the intersection of various identities and the graduate student experience.

Contact: fmcgaske@utk.edu | 865-974-3931