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UT Teaching Guide

Across campus, there are several departments that offer assistance to faculty. To best support faculty with their own needs, as well as student needs, we have provided service/resource overviews and contact information for these offices on campus:

Be Well is the Employee Wellness Program of the University of Tennessee. The mission of Be Well is to encourage University of Tennessee employees to be well through physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco cessation through the following programs:

  • Many annual programs and events such Yoga Fest, Great American Smoke Out, Employee Health and Fitness Weeks, etc. are held to promote health and wellbeing among the UT Campus Community.
  • You can also sign up to be serve as a Wellness Champion and be the first to know about our wellness initiatives and share them with your coworkers.
  • A full list of programs and events is available on the Be Well website. Additionally, we are always available via email (bewell@utk.edu) to discuss any other resources or opportunities.

Address & Contact:

The Bursar’s Office processes payroll based fee waivers such as Grad Teaching Assistants, Grad Research Assistants and staff.

Address & Contact:

  • 211 Student Services Building
  • Phone: 865-974-1384
  • Website: bursar.utk.edu

Faculty should refer students to the Center for Career Development for a wide variety of career-related needs. To schedule an appointment with Career Exploration or Consultants, students should call the main appointment line at (865) 974 – 5435 or visit Handshake to schedule a meeting. Staff can assist in the following and more:

  • Career Counselors can assist students with choosing or changing majors and careers.
  • The Career Exploration staff is available to work with students one-one-one to help them learn about their interests, skills, and values in order to determine a field of study. Typical support services include the Focus Personality Assessment, helping research majors and careers, and interpreting assessments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Career Consultants can asssist students with reaching their career goals through internships, job searches or graduate school admissions.

The Center for Career Development staff members are also available to present in classes, organization meetings and other settings on a variety of career related topics. Visit career.utk.edu to request a presentation. The center also helps faculty interested in earning an Internship (N-designation) for their course.

Address & Contact:

  • Student Union Level 2
  • Phone: (865) 974 – 5435
  • Website: career.utk.edu

The mission of the Center for Health Education & Wellness (CHEW) is to engage in prevention and intervention efforts to increase awareness, impact decision making, and positively influence our university community through the following:

  • CHEW’s prevention efforts are grounded in the Center for Disease Control’s Social Ecological Model.
  • The Center utilizes campus surveys, national statistics, and current research to inform its evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
  • CHEW seeks to advance UT’s commitments to excellence in outreach and engagement through programming that educates the UT community about their own health and wellness and encourages them to actively advocate for the health and wellness of their fellow Volunteers.
  • CHEW Core Functions:
    • CHEW staff and the VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health educators serve as the campus experts for the provision of health and wellness education and resources for students, faculty, and staff.
    • Annual assessment data from students, faculty, and staff is utilized to inform programs, events, and services. Key Initiatives:
      • Educational opportunities provided by CHEW focus on the areas of overall health and personal safety, specifically substance use, sexual activity, stress reduction, sleep promotion, tobacco cessation, healthy eating, consent, active bystander behaviors, and more. To request a program for your class or group visit, visit the CHEW website.
    • Key initiatives are associated with the following wellness months:
      • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
      • National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
      • Heart Health Month
      • Healthy Communication Month
      • National Nutrition Month
      • Move More Month
      • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
      • Mental Health Awareness Month
    • Large scale annual events offered by CHEW include:
      • Yoga Fest
      • The Red Zone
      • Safe Fall Break
      • The Great American Smoke Out
      • World AIDS Day
      • Safe Spring Break
      • It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee
      • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
      • Hike the Hill in Heels.

Address & Contact:

  • 1800 Volunteer Blvd. Suite 201 Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-974-5725
  • wellness.utk.edu
  • Stay tuned to CHEW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @volshelpvols account, Tennessee Today, Vol Update, and the UT Events calendar for specific events and initiatives.

 The English Language Institute can offer training for faculty members on best practices for teaching international students. This can include general training workshops or one-on-one consultations. In addition, we can work with faculty and departments to create programs that target discipline-specific language needs (e.g. specialist vocabulary, communication skills, genre and writing skills, pronunciation, etc) at both graduate and undergraduate levels. ITA training may also be available.

Address & Contact:

  • Conference Center Building, Suite 120
  • Phone: 865-974-3404
  • Email: eli@tennessee.edu
  • Website: eli.utk.edu

Specific contacts:

  • Anthony Schmidt (aschmi11@utk.edu)
  • Em Chitty (echitty@utk.edu)

The HITS lab has a twofold mission: promote active learning through simulation and develop/test health innovation technology. This inter-professional lab is a joint endeavor between Tickle College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. The Co-Directors, Drs. Wyatt and Li, share a long term goal to become a federally funded center housing state-of-the-art simulation and healthcare technologies to support testing, technology development, and intellectual property (IP) generation.

Address & Contact:

  • 1200 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Website: ilab.engr.utk.edu/hits
  • Main contact: Tami H Wyatt, twyatt@utk.edu
  • Phone: 865-974-6804

Honors & Scholars manages four university-wide programs that serve distinct populations of high-achieving students. Honors & Scholars offers a variety of opportunities for faculty members to engage with honors students: teaching interdisciplinary honors courses and presenting as part of a lecture series being chief among these.

Address & Contact:

  • Those who wish to learn more about H&S are welcome to visit the department’s website  or contact a member of the H&S staff.
  • For information concerning one of the individual programs, or to learn about ways to become involved, please contact that specific program’s director.
    • 1794 Scholars Program, Virginia Stormer | Assistant Director
    • Chancellor’s Honors Program, Rebekah Page | Associate Director
    • Haslam Scholars Program, Sylvia Turner | Associate Director
    • Honors Leadership Program, Meghan Perez | Assistant Director
  • 130 Howard Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Avenue
  • Email: honors@utk.edu
  • Phone: 865.974.7875

Your on-campus museum offers exciting learning opportunities and the chance for interdisciplinary collaboration:

  • Schedule a tour, hold a class visit, conduct research, participate in public programs, or teach in the Object Study Room.
  • Permanent and temporary exhibitions explore a wide variety of topics.
  • Collections available for instruction include:
    • Archeology
    • Arts & Culture
    • Malacology
  • The McClung Museum is free and open to the public.

Address & Contact:

The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach provides resources and consultation to integrate engagement with its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and outreach. OCEO supports the university in the following ways:

  • Assists faculty, staff, academic departments, UT administration, and community partners to address societal issues by encouraging and supporting external partnerships.
  • Provide competitive funding for engagement and outreach projects that support broader impacts.
  • Connects community organizations with university research areas.
  • Emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, reciprocal, and anchored in scholarship.

Address & Contact: 

  • Phone: 865-974-4863
  • Email: engagement@utk.edu

The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students is to engage and support students throughout their learning experience by providing co-curricular programs and services. Faculty should be aware of the 865-974-HELP referral line for students in distress. This line is answered 24/7, and follows the following process:

  • During the week day hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., case managers and staff within the Office of Dean of Students answer the calls. During after-hours and weekends/holidays, the calls are answered by trained mental health professionals, who then provide information to the Dean of Students’ Case Managers on the next business day
  • A case manager gathers information about you and your concern. The information gathered is kept private.
  • If you are calling for someone else, your identity is kept private unless you want the student to be aware that you reached out. A case manager will contact the student by phone or email to set up a meeting. The student will be connected and referred to the appropriate resources with ongoing support as needed.
  • Once we meet with a student, we may be limited in our ability to share information with others due to privacy laws.

The Office of the Dean of Students also offers general consultations with students, which a contact form can be found here.

Address & Contact:

  • 413 Student Services Building (will be moving to Student Union in spring)
  • Website: dos.utk.edu
  • Phone: 865-974-3179
  • dos@utk.edu

OIRA provides accurate and reliable data to university administrators, departments, and faculty to illuminate and inform their decision-making. OIRA also provides a variety of information for federal and state mandated reporting (including accreditation), and for college guides and other external publications.

Address & Contact:

  • 2538 Dunford Hall
  • Website: oira.utk.edu
  • Email: oira@utk.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Research serves as an umbrella for on-campus faculty mentored research and a bridge for connecting students to opportunities outside of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Office has a wide range of responsibilities:

  • The Office provides funding for student assistants, student travel grants, international research scholarships, coordinates on-campus presentation and publication opportunities, as well as off-campus student research conferences of strategic importance to UT.
  • The Office hosts weekly ‘Getting Started in Research’ seminars working with students interested in getting involved with research.
  • For faculty, the Office provides competitive funding for student assistants, broader impacts support, assistance with grant applications involving undergraduate research, coordination of the campus-wide Summer Research Scholars program, and consultation for application to receive an R-designation for courses that involve a rigorous in-class research project, including independent study courses.

Address & Contact: 

  • 1534 White Avenue, Blount Hall, Room 407
  • Phone: (865)-974-8560
  • Website: Go to https://ugresearch.utk.edu/and click “For Faculty” for more information
  • Email: ugresearch@utk.edu

The Office of the University Registrar creates, maintains, and certifies student records, ensuring both accuracy and confidentiality. The following contains important information and online resources that faculty should be aware of to assist students:

Address & Contact:

  • 218 Student Services Building
  • OneStop Phone: (865) 974 – 1111
  • Website: registrar.utk.edu

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs oversees faculty searches, appointments, reviews, and tenure & promotion, as well as other matters related to faculty employment.

  • The Office offers support for the Elements system and the Online Faculty Review System.
  • Maintains the Faculty Handbook and Manual for Faculty Evaluation.

Address & Contact: 

  • Melanie Finnegan, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, 527 Andy Holt Tower, Campus 0152, msfinnegan@utk.edu, 974-6152
  • More information and resources can be found on our website https://provost.utk.edu under Faculty Affairs and on the Faculty Central website.

The Pride Center provides support, resources, and a community space for UT’s LGBTQIA and all students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone who seeks to learn about topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Pride Center achieves this by sponsoring programs and events that raise awareness, increase visibility, and provide education regarding LGBTQIA issues, including the campus Safe Zone Ally Education Program.

Address & Contact:

  • Melrose F-103, 1616 Melrose Ave.
  • Bonnie Johnson, Coordinator, bonnie@utk.edu
  • Website: pridecenter.utk.edu

SGR is an interdisciplinary group of members of the UT community who share an interest in researching the use of simulations, gaming, role-playing, and similar strategies for teaching and learning.

Such strategies are among the latest developments in higher education, and have been shown to create interactivity and collaboration, increase engagement and retention, deepen reflection and understanding, engender positive values and thoughtful behavior, and open authentic spaces for real-world problem-solving.

Contact:

  1. Marina Maccari-Clayton (mmaccari@utk.edu) and Ryan Windeknecht (rwindekn@utk.edu)

The Student Success Center provides free academic support for all undergraduate students at UT, including academic coaching, tutoring, and supplemental instruction, which are outlined below:

  • Academic coaching is a one-on-one session with a trained professional to help students with time management, study skills, goal setting, and other academic skills.
  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction provide subject-specific help in many courses (over 500 for tutoring) on campus.

Address & Contact:

  • Email: studentsuccess@utk.edu
  • Phone: 865.974.6641

The Thornton Center provides comprehensive support services to student-athletes at the University of Tennessee. Its staff works as the liaison to the academic community and welcomes open and direct communication related to student-athlete progress. The Center serves as a resource for student-athletes and faculty alike.

Address & Contact: 

  • 1801 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Email: thorntoncenter@utk.edu
  • Website: thorntoncenter.net
  • Phone: (865) 974 – 1250

Overview

The University of Tennessee Libraries offers instruction, resources, and spaces to enhance teaching, learning, and innovation. Librarians in the John C. Hodges Library, Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library, and the George F. DeVine Music Library are partners in fostering student success and empowering faculty teaching and research.

Librarians serve as liaisons to all academic departments and are available to support instructional needs both in-person and online. Tailored to course needs and available for general education, upper-division undergraduate, and graduate coursework, offerings include:

  • Research instruction sessions
  • Consultations
  • Orientations
  • Tours

Librarian-led Instruction

Librarian-led instruction equips students with the information literacy skills needed to navigate scholarly research and contribute to real-world problem-solving through finding, evaluating, synthesizing, and sharing information. In collaboration with instructors, librarians can also design and develop online resources, such as research guides and tutorials. Specialized instructional offerings on copyright and publishing, data management, geospatial resources, and primary source materials are also available.

Access to Teaching Materials

In addition to providing instruction, the Libraries also facilitate access to teaching materials, both print and online, and for use in the classroom or on Canvas. The Libraries can help instructors place books, articles, or other materials on course reserve; find, adopt, or modify open educational resources (OERs); and incorporate documentaries, plays, videos, and music streamed to computers and mobile devices. Learn more on our LibGuides website.

Library Resources & Spaces

Library resources and spaces are also designed to support teaching and learning in and beyond the classroom. Located in Hodges Library, The Studio is a media production lab with specialized software and equipment, including audio and video recording capabilities and large-format printing. Studio members are available to assist students in learning this technology and to work with instructors on incorporating media projects into coursework. Additional equipment, printing offerings, and expertise are available at Pendergrass Library

The Commons

The Commons, a partnership between the UT Libraries and the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is a technology-rich, informal learning space in Hodges Library that has grown into a go-to destination for teaching and learning. The Commons  provides opportunities to support instruction, experiential learning, and engagement in and beyond the classroom. The space offers students software and technology for class projects, equipment for checkout (laptops, scanners, video cameras, and more), collaborative workspaces, and group study rooms. Current Commons partners include the Student Success Center, Math Tutorial Center, Writing Center, and Stat 201 Lab. OIT resources include instructional support for faculty integrating technology into their classes and Digital Media Services (DMS), which provides a full range of digitization services including conversion of physical materials to electronic text, digital images, and streaming. Libraries staff and faculty are available to explore ways to integrate the Commons into your UT experience. Learn more at on the Commons’ website

Research Assistance 

Research assistance is available for students, faculty, and staff both in person and online. Stop by the Hodges Library Public Services Desk near the second floor (Melrose) entrance for walk-in assistance, or visit the Libraries’ Ask Us Now page to connect with the Libraries via chat, phone, or email, as well as to view a list of frequently asked questions

Address & Contact: 

  • John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard
  • Phone: 865-974-4351
  • Email: eref@utk.edu
  • Website: lib.utk.edu

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