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Matthew Theriot


Associate Provost for Faculty Development & Strategic Initiatives

Picture of Matthew TheriotMatthew Theriot, Ph.D. leads Teaching & Learning Innovation within the Division of Academic Affairs. The unit is the university’s home for faculty and educational development, the promotion of high-impact pedagogies, the advancement of experiential learning opportunities for faculty and students, and the facilitation of effective online and e-learning instruction. He also coordinates the campus’ leadership development programs and leads faculty engagement and diversity initiatives on behalf of the chancellor’s and provost’s offices

Theriot earned his BSW and MSSW at the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. He has led Teaching & Learning Innovation since 2015, and has also served as Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2016-2018.

Since arriving at the University of Tennessee in 2003 as an assistant professor of social work, Theriot was director of the College of Social Work’s undergraduate program from 2006 to 2013 and then director of the college’s PhD program from 2013-2016. He has chaired the university’s Undergraduate Council and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and he led the development of the campus’ Quality Enhancement Plan, Experience Learning. Theriot also served on the board of directors for the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for schools of social work. He currently serves on CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy.

As a tenured professor of social work, his research focuses primarily on school violence and school security with secondary interests in social work education and mental health. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked as a school social worker, child welfare worker, and mobile crisis counselor.

Contact: mtheriot@utk.edu