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Jared Prescott Receives 2017 Division I Track & Field Excellence in Communications Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Jared Prescott, named recipient of the 2017 Division I Track & Field Excellence in Communications Award.  “This award recognizes athletics communications representatives at conferences and/or schools who have committed to outstanding coverage and support of collegiate track and field” and is selected by the staff at the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) national office.

Jared, a second-year graduate assistant in the Athletics Department working in Media Relations is a 2017 graduate from the Sport Management Master’s program in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies.

Read more about Jared’s award and the path that led him to this accomplishment.

Justin Kaewnopparat

RHTM Student Recognized With Personal Hooding Ceremony

While graduation dates usually fall in May and December, that timeline doesn’t always coincide with the plans of all our students.  Meet Justin Kaewnopparat, a Hospitality and Tourism student from the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  Justin just completed his PhD last week; not in time to join the hooding ceremony in May.  Since he is attending the University of Tennessee under the support of his home government in Thailand, Justin will not be able to return in December to attend his “official” hooding ceremony.  So what does our college do?  Host his own personal hooding ceremony!

Justin was hooded during the ceremony by his department head, Ann Fairhurst, with the assistance of one of his committee members, Stefanie Benjamin.  Justin, a former lecturer at Bangkok University, will take his education and return to Thailand to teach and share the wealth of knowledge he acquired during his program here.

And of course, he can’t leave without a proper lesson in how to fold his hood!

Riley Brewer, 2017-18 Fellow

Meet Riley Brewer, 2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellow

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to introduce you to Riley Brewer. Riley is a master teacher at Carter High School, where she provides instructional coaching support to teachers as well as developmental evaluative feedback.  She previously served as an English teacher for grades 10 through 12 and as a mentor teacher at Carter High School,.  She began her teaching career at Rhea County High School.  Riley has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English from Tennessee Technological University.

Riley is one of 14 fellows chosen for the 2017-18 Center for Leadership Academy based in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During this full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program, Riley will spend four days a week at a school with an experienced mentor principal and a fifth day in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners learning the research and theory behind great school leadership.  Next, all the fellows will lead an action research capstone project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and complete an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership.  Upon successful completion of the program, Riley will be awarded a master’s or educational specialist degree and will be eligible to earn a license to be a school principal in Tennessee.

Congratulations Riley for being selected as one of the 2017-18 Center For Leadership Academy Fellows!


RHTM Assistant Professor Offers Road Trip Advice for Summer


Stephanie Benjamin, assistant professor in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management (RHTM), was consulted for her expert advice via WalletHub, a website “dedicated to helping people attain top WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying about money.”  In this 2017’s Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips, Benjamin is consulted as a source expert with advice and responses to questions about road trips this summer.  Benjamin’s background includes research interest in cultural and historical landscapes regarding heritage tourism in the U.S. South and is devoted to sustainable tourism through planning, education, and development.

Check out Benjamin’s recommendations including budget saving tips, best states for road trips, and factors affecting those choices.

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Blueberry Falls, a Hidden Gem Outside CEHHS

Walk out the side doors of the Claxton Complex toward the Haslam Business Building and stroll down the walkway toward Neyland Stadium and you will find a hidden gem. Lush landscaping and a peace waterfall cascade down the busy walkway. The campus oasis is called Blueberry Falls and we have UT faculty member in the Haslam College of Business and his wife to thank for bringing a little nature to our city campus.

Ernie Cadotte, the Haslam College’s John W. Fisher Professor of Innovative Learning, made the suggestion of replacing what was once a tennis court with a beautifully landscaped park when the site was under renovation.  As a result, Blueberry Falls has become one of the most photographed places on campus.  But where did the name come from?  If you look closely, you will find the answer.  Included in the design are over sixty blueberry bushes, currently bearing fruit, for everyone to enjoy in June.

In the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, we strive to enhance the quality of life through research, outreach, and practice. The generous donation from the Cadotte’s has ensured that our whole campus has a beautiful park to enjoy and to enhance our daily lives. For the Cadotte’s it’s about sharing their passion for nature and beautifying a campus that they love. But we are the luckiest ones because it’s right outside our doors!

Thank you to Ernie and Bonnie Cadotte for your generous gift which will continue to give year after year, enhancing our lives with the beauty of nature and, in June, a healthy addition to our lunches too!

Blueberry Falls

Jamie Bowman, 2017-18 Fellow

Meet Jamie Bowman, 2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellow

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to introduce you to Jamie Bowman. Jamie is an assistant principal at Horace Maynard Middle School in Union County.  She previously served as an instructional facilitator and sixth grade English/Language Arts teacher at Maynard Middle.  Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT as well as a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Jamie is one of 14 fellows chosen for the 2017-18 Center for Leadership Academy based in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During this full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program, Jamie will spend four days a week at a school with an experienced mentor principal and a fifth day in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners learning the research and theory behind great school leadership.  Next, all the fellows will lead an action research capstone project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and complete an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership.  Upon successful completion of the program, Jamie will be awarded a master’s or educational specialist degree and will be eligible to earn a license to be a school principal in Tennessee.

Congratulations Jamie for being selected as one of the 2017-18 Center For Leadership Academy Fellows!

Mary Ann Sparks

CEHHS Alumna Retires from Wilson County Schools

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) congratulates Mary Ann Sparks, a CEHHS graduate with thirty-four years of service. Sparks’ career began with five years in Blount County (1975-80), then a transfer and move to Nashville with her husband.  After taking seven years to be a stay-at-home Mom,  Sparks began teaching in Wilson County in 1987 and has remained there until her upcoming retirement.  Her career has included teaching second grade, serving as an assistant principal, and ends with her current position as Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director of Human Resources.

In the schools for thirty-four years, Sparks has experienced significant changes in the system.  From her first day in the classroom, she knew that was her home.  She was named “Teacher of the Year” twice and will miss her students. Ending her career in the administrative side of the system, Sparks has watched as new growth presented new challenges. Former students who visit are always welcome.   “All of them are special!”

Read more about Sparks’ career and how teaching was just the “fit” for her.  For more information on becoming a teacher, receiving certification, and/or licensure, be sure to check with our Office of Advising and Student Services in CEHHS!

Photo credit:  The Wilson Post

zach stipe

CEHHS Alumnus Named Director of Football Communications

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is very excited for one of our alumnus, Zach Stipe.  Zach, a 2011 graduate from the Sport Management master’s program located in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, has been appointed as Director of Football Communications.  During the pursuit of his master’s, Zach worked on the UT media relations staff and we are happy about his return to the university.

Previously Zach worked with several sports, including Lady Vols basketball.  This new position will allow him the opportunity to work closely with head coach Butch Jones to implement and execute communications strategies aimed at promoting and publicizing Volunteer Football.

Welcome home Zach!  Read more about Zach’s appointment and the experience he brings to the position.

Megan Blevins, 2017-18 Fellow

Meet Megan Blevins, 2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellow

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to introduce you to Megan Blevins. Megan, a school administrator at Mooreland Heights Elementary School, has been with Knox County Schools since 2007. She has broad experience as a classroom teacher, having first taught first and second grade at Ritta and Carter Elementary Schools and as an ESL teacher at several schools. She has also served in the system-wide role of district lead teacher. Megan has a bachelors degree in elementary education and a master’s in teaching degree from the University of Arkansas.

Megan is one of 14 fellows chosen for the 2017-18 Center for Leadership Academy based in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During this full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program, Megan will spend four days a week at a school with an experienced mentor principal and a fifth day in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners learning the research and theory behind great school leadership.  Next, all the fellows will lead an action research capstone project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and complete an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership.  Upon successful completion of the program, Megan will be awarded a master’s or educational specialist degree and will be eligible to earn a license to be a school principal in Tennessee.

Congratulations Megan for being selected as one of the 2017-18 Center For Leadership Academy Fellows!


Coleman Named South Region Runner of the Year

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Christian Coleman, junior in Recreation and Sports Management in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, named as the South Region Runner of the Year. The award was presented by the U.S. Track and field and Cross Country Coaches Association at their regional awards Sunday.

Coleman won the SEC Championship in both the 100m and 200m dashes and by doing so, became the first collegian to ever run record wind-legal times under 10 seconds in the 100m and under 20 seconds in the 200m on the same day. His marks, 9.97 and 19.98 were the nation’s best times when he recorded them. He also earned the 2017 SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the high point scorer at the SEC Championship.



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2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellows Announced

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is proud to announce the 2017-18 Leadership Academy Class of Fellows.  These fellows, chosen for the 8th year of the academy, prepares talented educators from East Tennessee to become school principal through a full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship as part of the Center for Educational Leadership based in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.

Read more about the academy and the fellows chosen for this year’s class. 

Congratulations to our new fellows!


Commencement Inspiration from Dr. Sarah Hillyer


On Friday, May 12th, 550 College of Education, Health, and Human Science (CEHHS) students walked across the stage at Thompson Boling Arena to receive their diplomas, shook hands with Dean Rider, and headed out into the world to enhance the lives of others. We could not be more proud of this year’s graduating class!

The graduates also received inspiration, advice, and instructions for an awesome College handshake from Dr. Sarah Hillyer, an alumna of CEHHS and the Director of the Center for Sport, Peace & Society at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Congratulations! What a day! What a moment! What a memory!

Thank you for such an incredibly warm and kind introduction and for the opportunity to spend the next hour – KIDDING – 12 minutes – here with you today.

Today, graduates, some of you will be graduating Summa Cum Laude, others will receive the honor of Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude, and the rest of you – just like me back in 2010 – will graduate: “Thank you Laude!” “Thank. You. Laude.”

To President DiPietro, Interim Provost Zomchick, Dean Rider, the Dean’s Board of Advisors, and to our brilliant faculty and staff, it is a true honor to be with you and all of our alumni, special guests, family members, and friends who are gathered here today. Most of all, it is an incredible privilege to be here with you: the ‘full of unique and incredible human potential’ – class of 2017!!!!

So, what do you say we get this celebration started? To do so, we’d like to start by teaching you our very own 2017 College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Graduation Celebration Handshake. Yes, it is a thing – well, starting today it’s a thing. Dean Rider, can you help me? Thank you!

Graduates and distinguished guests, the official handshake goes like this – Dean Rider and I will demonstrate – then ALL of us will do it together. If we can pull this off, not only will 2017 be the year we broke the Guinness World Record for the largest human letter – #thankyou Al Roker and The Today Show at NBC, we could also set the record for the largest (and maybe only) commencement ceremony handshake.

Ok, it goes like this:

  • Front
  • Back
  • Up
  • Down
  • Pound
  • Forearm
  • Shoot a Jumper

One more time – and for any non-basketball players in the arena, the “swish” part is in honor of our forever-loved and respected Lady Vol Basketball Coach, Pat Summitt.

Ok, again:

  • Front
  • Back
  • Up
  • Down
  • Pound
  • Forearm
  • Shoot a Jumper

Ok, everyone get a partner – students, faculty, parents, distinguished guests – everyone – ok, do we think we can create the world’s largest (and maybe first) graduation handshake?! Ready? Go. Thank you! Well done!

Research. As you know, research counts for a lot on our campus, so let’s dive right into the very scientific research I conducted……….on Instagram.

My research sought to answer 2 questions:

  1.  What makes a commencement speech memorable?
  2. What makes a commencement speech meaningful?

From the research, I will highlight 2 interesting statistics, 2 favorite UT graduation memories and 2 pieces of advice I uncovered: 1.

Statistic #1: Out of respondents, 70% polled had zero recollection of any part of the speech [reasons not disclosed]. So, this is my purpose statement. To try, to give my best effort, so that maybe you or someone else in your family, other than your mother, will remember just one thing about today’s speech.

Statistic #2: Out of respondents, 100% said humor was the greatest factor in making a speech memorable. So, this will be my methodology.

Memory #1: “I threw up when I crossed the stage – and didn’t even receive anything – no one would shake my hand or give me my diploma.”

Memory #2: I graduated in May 2013 and the only thing I could tell you is that the speaker started the speech by saying it would be short………and then it was not. I’m pretty sure she finished the speech sometime in 2014.

Advice #1: Keep the speech under 18 minutes – now that you know – you can start the timer.

Advice #2: Tell a story that is personal, inspiring, and relevant to the next steps in our lives.

So, based on the findings of my research, I’d like to tell you a personal story that I hope inspires you to be relevant in a world that needs courageous humans to find innovative solutions to the challenges our country and our world faces….all within the next 12 minutes.

I grew up in Bald Knob, Kentucky – way out in the country – the nearest gas station, corner grocery, any part of civilization was 45 minutes away. We were a moderately poor family but that didn’t stop my parents from working hard to provide me opportunities to pursue my love of sports – basketball, football, baseball. I’ll never forget my mom taking me to the elementary school gym to meet my PE teacher at 6:30 every morning so I could practice free throws for an upcoming Elks Hoop Shoot Contest. I practiced every day for months – I was 8 years old and couldn’t get the ball up to the rim, so my PE teacher taught me the “granny shot.” I was ready – the national competition came to town, to the big capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky. Not unlike most nights, I slept in my gym shorts, ringer T, and tube socks. My K-Mart brand Zips high-tops right next to my bed so I could put them on as soon as I woke up.

I never knew who might be out in my drive-way ready to play one-on-one – Michael Jordan? John Stockton? Larry Bird? Magic Johnson? Or, it could be that Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt was hiding in the woods like she did sometimes near my house – wearing orange of course – scouting me – seeing if I was Lady Vol quality and if I was willing to work harder than all the other 8 year olds. You can’t imagine how devastated I was year’s later when my parents told me that Coach Summitt was not in our woods recruiting me – but that it was hunters during deer season. Dreams shattered.

Back to the story: My mom woke me up early that Saturday morning so I could eat a healthy breakfast of fried eggs and bacon and so we could leave early enough to drive into town and find the civic center gymnasium. I was so excited – you know, that nervous kind of excitement – like you want to throw up but in a good way. I felt like my moment was finally here – all the hard work, dedication, sacrifice, commitment – that an 8-year old can make – it was time – time to compete. Something I had never done before, actually. I had only practiced granny-shots with my PE teacher and played basketball at home with my dad.

We parked and I walked into the gym with my basketball under my arm and a brand-new Kentucky blue polyester warm up suit that my parents bought for this special occasion. There were kids everywhere – basketballs bouncing, the sound of sneakers on the hard wood, laughter, parents and grandparents in the stands. And I froze. For a moment, I froze. I noticed that no one looked like me, no one shot the ball like me, and no one dressed like me. And for the first time I can remember – I was scared, I was embarrassed and I was afraid to fail. At that moment, I took off running across the gym and headed straight for the girls’ bathroom – where I locked myself in a stall, slid down the door, put my hands over my face, and cried uncontrollably.

I heard my mom’s voice first. She said, “Sarah, honey, what’s wrong?” I said, “Nothing.” [crying] She said, “Can you please come out of the stall so we can talk about it.” I said, “No.” [crying] She said, “But if you don’t, you’ll miss the free-throw competition that you’ve been practicing for.” I said, “No.” [crying] I didn’t hear anything for a while.

And then. I heard my dad’s voice, right outside my stall….in the girls’ bathroom. He said, “Sarah, honey, what’s wrong?” I said, “Nothing.” [crying] He said, “If you don’t come out of the bathroom, you won’t get to play.” I said, “I don’t want to play today.” [crying] He said, “Why not?” And that was the moment of truth – I had to say what I was feeling out loud and it wasn’t easy….. I said, “Because I am embarrassed and scared and I’m going to lose.” Then my dad asked me a question I will never forget. “Sarah, do you love playing basketball?” “Did God give you the ability and opportunity to play?” “Yes sir.” “And do you think you’ll ever want to play basketball again after today?” “Yes sir.” “Then here are the only 2 options you have: You can come out of the bathroom and try your best or You can never play basketball again.” What? These are the ONLY two options I have? I despised the thought of both of them. Then he said, “You have 30 seconds to decide. “All you have to do is try your best and that’s all we expect of you. We will love you exactly the same – no matter if you win or lose. In life, it’s not about who shoots the best free throws, it’s about: • Facing your fears • Not comparing yourself to others • And finding the courage to try your best.”

I came out of the girls’ bathroom and competed that day. I made 23 out of 25 free throws – shooting granny style and won my age division. It was the start of a journey that I never imagined. Because of my parents and the opportunities basketball afforded me – I have traveled the world teaching sports – 14 projects in China, 10 in Israel, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Saudi Arabia – in 2001 I had the opportunity to introduce softball to women in Iran and and even though I never played basketball for the Lady Vols and Coach Summitt, I did have the privilege of working closely with her to develop girls’ basketball in Iraq – thanks to coach Summitt, there are 100’s of orange basketballs from the north to the south of the country and thousands of girls playing basketball now.

I appreciate my parent’s love and the lessons they taught me that day when they asked me to come out of the girls’ bathroom and compete:

  1. Face your fears
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others
  3. Have the courage to always give your best effort

In closing, I’d love to leave with you 8 words I hope you never forget (8 to honor the number of championships Pat Summitt won throughout her career) and these words are: “Please, never lock yourself in a bathroom stall” I’ll say them again, “Please, never lock yourself in a bathroom stall.”

Congratulations again and thank you!

Amber MacDonald

Master’s Graduate Student Researches Connection Between Nutrition & Cancer

Amber MacDonald graduates with her degree in cellular molecular nutrition this week from the Department of Nutrition in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  Her path to this degree was a life-changing event no one ever wants to face.

Amber’s main focus during her research has been the link between nutrition and cancer.  She was led to this major by the terminal cancer diagnosis of her father when she was 15. The last step in her educational journey is to take the MCAT, Medical College Admissions Test, and enroll in medical school, Fall, 2018.

Read more about Amber’s educational journey and her time at the University of Tennessee.

Amber, CEHHS is proud of you and can’t wait to see what your future holds!!

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Professor and Chancellor Emeritus to To Teach Critical Issues in Higher Education Class Beginning Fall, 2017

Jimmy Cheek, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus will be teaching a graduate level course, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies/ELPS 695: Critical Issues in Higher Education, 3 credits, Thursday evenings, 5:45-8:35 pm.

The course will focus on contemporary issues in American Higher Education.  It will include critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional student’s issues; higher education expenditures, revenue, and student debt; issues in governance and administration of higher education as well as internal and external pressures on the institution and it’s leadership, administration and faculty; and an examination of the future of higher education.

Topics include student debt, tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, retention, graduation rate, throughput, diversity and inclusion, the first amendment rights, civility, access, experiential learning, student recruiting and careers. We will also examine issues related to community colleges and universities, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect, and the Complete College Tennessee Act.  Collegiate athletics will also be examined.

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be used to examine emerging issues and controversies in Higher Education occurring during the course.

The text is the American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know by Goldie Blumenstyk will be used.

Learn more about Professor and Chancellor Emeritus Cheek by reading his biography.


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Join Us on Our Journey to the Top 25

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences enhances lives through research, outreach and practice. Our students are the how a student learns to read, why disabilities don’t define people, how a child is given a voice, how educational leaders are forged, how healthy bodies are made, how women and children are empowered through sports, how cancer can be cured, and how families thrive.  The stories of how and why our students and alumni are enhancing the lives of others are diverse and endless.  With the generosity of our alumni and friends, we’ll continue to develop leaders in and out of the classroom and equip them with the skills and knowledge to have a positive impact in their community and around the globe.

Our Vision is to create a world that values knowledge, education, and health as key contributors to improved quality of life for all.

The College has specific funding priorities and an overall goal of $40,000,000. The Journey to the Top 25 will be fueled by the university’s alumni and friends through their support, both as advocates and investors. We invite you to join us on our journey. 


Learn more about our specific funding priorities and how your contribution can enhance lives.

Joy Desensi

In Memoriam: Joy DeSensi Service Details and An Opportunity to Share Your Memories or Donate to a Scholarship Fund in Her Memory

Joy DeSensi, UT Chancellor’s Professor Emerita and longtime scholar and practitioner in the field of sport management, passed away April 1, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 71.

A visitation will be held today, Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Mortuary, where a rosary service will take place at 4:30 p.m. A Catholic Mass will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at John XXIII University Parish Catholic Center.

DeSensi’s career at UT spanned nearly 40 years. She served as the associate dean of UT’s Graduate School for five years as well as department head and professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences before retiring in May 2015.

In 2013, the North American Society of Sport Management, of which she was a founding member, honored her with the inaugural diversity award for exceptional contributions to promote diversity and inclusion within NASSM and related sports management disciplines.

DeSensi served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, the Southern Academy of Women in Physical Activity, Sport, and Health.

DeSensi was a leading figure in advancing women in physical education, sport studies, and kinesiology. She was an author and editor and served on numerous national and international committees.

She was a shooter on the 1968 Olympic rifle team, a concert pianist, and a trained airplane pilot. Her background as a intercollegiate athlete, coach, official, and national and international sports competitor served as a foundation for her teaching, research, and service interests.

DeSensi received her doctorate in sport philosophy and administrative theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was named a distinguished alumna. She earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis, and bachelor’s degree in physical education and Spanish from West Liberty University.

She is one of the authors of Ethics and Morality in Sport Management. Her scholarly interests included the sociocultural issues of sport, the broad aspects of diversity, and ethics in sport management.

DeSensi earned a number of awards throughout her academic career, including: Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Sport Management Association in 2015; a fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education in 2015; the inaugural diversity award from the North American Society for Sport Management in 2013; the Rachel Bryant Lecture Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in 2010; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education in 2010; the Chancellor’s Professorship from UT in 2008; the Angie Warren Perkins Award for Excellence in Governance and Administration from UT in 2007; and the President’s Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in 2005.

“Dr. DeSensi was undoubtedly one of the most influential people in my life,” said Ashleigh Huffman, assistant director of UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. “She was my champion, my role model, and my mentor. I will carry her legacy forward.”

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to a UT graduate scholarship fund. Checks can be made payable to the University of Tennessee in honor of the Joy. T. DeSensi Scholarship Fund, Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. For more information, contact center director Dr. Sarah HillyerYou can make online donations to the fund here.  Please select “fund not listed” and please include the name “Dr. Joy DeSensi Scholarship” so that the amount will be directed to the correct fund.

Friends, family, and colleagues are encouraged to share their photos and memories of DeSensi on the CEHHS tribute page.  See what other people have shared.


Tenure & Promotions Workshops Available


The Office of the Provost is offering two Tenure and Promotion Workshops this spring.  Any College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences faculty preparing for tenure and/or promotion are encouraged to attend. You are not required to sign-up for sessions; just attend the workshop that works best for you.

April 11 Promotion and Tenure Workshop – faculty/department heads, 9:00-10:30, BCC 102/103/104
April 12 Promotion and Tenure Workshop – faculty/department heads, 1:30-3:00, BCC 102/103/104

CEHHS Students Qualify for NCAA Indoor Games

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) has students from the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies qualified for this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Christian Coleman will compete in the 60m & 200m during his third opportunity to compete. Another Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies student, Chelsea Blaase, qualified for the 500m but will not compete due to injury.

Read more about these outstanding athletes who call CEHHS their home.  Join us as we wish them the best of luck in the competition March 11.

CEHHS Congratulates Dixie Thompson, Recipient of the Henry J. Montoye SEACSM Scholar Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to congratulate Dixie Thompson, Vice-Provost and Dean of the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School and former Associate Dean, Research and Academic Affairs in our college, named recipient of the Henry J. Montoye award presented by the Southeast Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) (SEACSM). The award is named for Henry J. Montoye, a former faculty member and internationally know scholar in physical activity and health.

Thompson received this award based upon her outstanding work in the field of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.  Thompson, prior to her appointment as an Associate Dean in our college, was a faculty member in the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies Department where she began as an assistant professor and leaving as department head before accepting her position as Associate Dean in our College.

Congratulations Dixie!

American College of Sports Medicine

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Big Orange Family Campaign

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences encourages you to remember to Give to the Big Orange Family Campaign!  Our college is a unique and important part of the university and each of us are a part of the Big Orange Family.

So here’s your chance to give to back to your family.  Each gift, no matter how large or small, makes a difference.  You can make a recurring gift, a one-time gift or a matching gift.  This is your chance to help with UT’s Journey to the Top while inspiring research, empowering students, fueling dreams, igniting careers, and energizing our leaders which makes a difference!

You can give online or through the mailer you received.  But Give Now and help our college reach it’s goal!


Students Volunteer at Camp Koinonia

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies associate professor Angela Wozencroft teaches classes in Therapeutic Recreation.  Part of her job also includes serving as the program director for Camp Koinonia; a camp for children ages 7-21 with various intellectual and development disabilities.

At a camp that has been held annually in Crossville, TN for forty years, students have the opportunity to work with the children on a one-on-one basis as a counselor or activities staff. They gain not only experience working with someone with a disability, but many times a friend for life.  Typically students who attend the camp go through Recrecation/Sports Management 326 class to gain the training and skills needed.

Read more about the wonderful work that occurs at Camp Koinonia each year and the opportunities it offers students both working at and attending the camp.

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UT Reading Expert Recommends Books for All Ages to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month; an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. History. In honor of this celebration, UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) has compiled a recommended reading list of talented black authors and illustrators.

Cindy Welch, associate director of the center, feels there are many talented black authors and illustrators which create quality books for our youth. Susan Groenke, associate professor of English Education in the Theory and Practice and Teacher Education department, also serves on the board of the center. CCYAL works in partnership with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communications and Information.

Enjoy Cindy’s recommendations in this TN Today article which includes a mix of books related to music, culture, science, technology, engineering & mathematics.

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Retail Consumer Science Student Chosen as a Semi-Finalist in Next Generation Class of 2017

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Leah Jenkins, senior in Retail and Consumer Sciences in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management for reaching the semi-finals in the National Retail Foundation competition representing the next generation of retail leaders.

Leah will attend the NRF Foundation Gala in January in New York City where retail executives from 20 companies selected 5 finalists and 25 semi-finalist in the competition.  Leah received a travel scholarship to attend the Student Program at Retail’s Big Show and the gala.

Good luck Leah!



Rachel Rhea, Recipient of Tennessee Art Education Association Higher Education Student Achievement Award

CEHHS Art Education Student Receives Higher Education Student Achievement Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) congratulates Rachel Rhea, Class of ’16 graduate from Art Education.  Rachel is awarded the Higher Education Student Achievement Award from the Tennessee Art Education Association.

Rachel was nominated by Clinical Assistant Professor in Art Education from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Joy Bertling.  Bertling recognized Rhea’s outstanding abilities in Art Education and felt she exemplified the qualities and standards of what it means to be a great art educator, going above-and-beyond for her students.

Rhea now teaches art at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy in Knoxville.



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2016 Student Awards Celebration

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences held its 2016 Student Awards Celebration October 27, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  Recipients, donors, and families were in attendance at the festivities.  The event allowed recipients and their families an opportunity to thank the donors who make these awards possible each year.

Enjoy this gallery of photos featuring students, families, administration and donors at this year’s event!

Complete list of 2016 Student Award Recipients


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UT FUTURE Presents Service Learning Poster Presentation

Be sure to stop by the 2nd floor Claxton Commons area on December 1 and check out the Service Learning Poster Presentation.  Students in the Coun 404: FUTURE Service-Learning class for all majors will present their service learning projects; created and implemented for students with intellectual and development disabilities in the FUTURE program.

FUTURE is a two-year course of study which empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community.  A comprehensive transition program for unique and highly motivated young adults whose disabiliuty is characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. FUTURE students typically received special education services while in high school, graduating with either a regular diploma or a special diploma.

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UT Retail Students to Compete in National Design Competition

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences students of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management will have an opportunity to showcase their design talents and retail know-how in a student design challenge with a global design brand.

Robin-Ruth is an international casual lifestyle brand and a leading supplier of fashion worldwide. Through the Student Design League competition, students will submit one of four t-shirt designs selected by public vote.  This submission, along with submissions from five other high-ranking retail programs in the U.S., will be reviewed and an overall winner will be chosen.  The student who submits the winning design chosen for our university will be a offered an interview for one of two internships in Robin-Ruth’s New York City showroom.  Winners will be announced December 1.

Be sure and vote November 14-20th for UT’s final submission to the competition.




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Fitzhugh Chosen as one of Five Center for Transportation Research Faculty Fellows

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Eugene Fitzhugh who was chosen as a 2016-2017 Center for Transportation Research faculty fellow.  Fitzhugh was one of five selected to participate in the program “established in 2014 to foster a community of researchers and educators at UTK who are committed to improving all aspects of transportation.  With this fellowship, CTR recognizes both up-and-coming and established faculty playing leading roles in transportation education and research.”

Fitzhugh has partnered with Jerry Everett, CTR Director of Research, in writing Safe routes to School curriculum materials and with Chris Cherry, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on a research study of electric pedal-assist bikes.


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Halloween by the Numbers-Stolz Offers Halloween Advice

Halloween can become an expensive Holiday with a projected spending of $8.38B by Americans.  That averages out to about $83.93 per American.  Wow, that’s a lot!

Heidi Stolz, associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, offers her expert advise on WalletHub.Com about Halloween.  Americans, out of the $8.38B spent, will spend $3.14B of that on costumes. In this Halloween featured story, Stolz advises that store-bought costumes can be of the of the biggest money wasters along with offering other helpful tips to make your child’s Halloween fun, healthy, and safe.


Ashley Brown Trentham Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Trentham Endowed Scholarship Awarded

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Ashley Brown, a senior majoring in math for receiving the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.  She will complete her VolsTeach apprentice teaching in Spring, 2017.

The scholarship, established in 2014, recognizes and awards a top student who has demonstrated high-quality teaching skills and commitment to the profession and is enrolled in the VolsTeach Teacher Education program.  The donors, both Brent and Rachel Trentham are UT graduates.

Pictured are:  Ashley and the Trentham family

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Office of Advising & Student Services to Host Information Session

The Office of Advising and Student Services in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences will host an information session, “Interested in Becoming a Teacher?”  The session will be Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00-5:15 pm in Bailey Education Complex Room 424.

The session will cover licensure programs, how and when to apply to the Teacher Education program, Education 100 classes, and the Student Tennessee Education Assocaiation (STEA).

For more information, contact the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services  or call 865-974-8194. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

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Business Plan Competitions Open to CEHHS Students

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is excited to announce its fall 2016 business plan competitions: Vol Court and the Boyd Venture Challenge. In past semesters, students from CEHHS have competed in both competitions, and we hope this trend will continue! Below is information about the competitions

VOL COURT: Begins October 12

The Vol Court Speaker Series and Pitch Competition kicks off on October 12 at 5:15 p.m. in 104 Haslam Business Building. Vol Court is a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The series culminates in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned to use by pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. Winners of the Vol Court Pitch Competition receive cash, rental space in the UTRF Business Incubator and legal and accounting services. Vol Court is a free event open to all UT students, faculty and staff.  For more information, visit

BOYD VENTURE CHALLENGE: Application deadline October 17

The Boyd Venture Challenge is accepting applications now through Oct. 17. Boyd Venture Challenge is a seed fund grant that awards up to $20,000 to startup companies owned by University of Tennessee students. Any legally formed company owned by a UT Knoxville or UT Institute of Agriculture undergraduate, master’s or Ph.D. student is eligible to apply. To date, this fund has awarded $242,000 to 29 startups. For more information on submission requirements, visit

If you have any questions, contact Carrie McCamey via email or phone @ 865-974-5126.

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Student/Faculty Research Awards Available

The College of Education, Health, and Human Science’s Student/Faculty Research Awards (formerly Professional Development Awards) are now available.  The awards are to be used to advance the work of both faculty and graduate students.  They are also to give students experience writing grants, and foster the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.  Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects.  The funds may be used to purchase supplies needed for research, travel to work in other laboratories, libraries, for specialized training or for other ways, as long as the outcome will be the professional development of the graduate student and the advancement of an identified research/creative agenda of both the student and faculty member.  Special consideration will be given to students and faculty who do not have current, or recent institutional support for their research.  If you are interested in applying, please submit the following by Friday, October 21st for submission to the Graduate School by October 28th.  Graduate School of Education (GSE) student/faculty members should submit their proposal electronically to for Dr. Susan Benner.  All other departments should submit their proposal electronically to Kayla Whitt ( for Dr. Jeff Fairbrother.

Each proposal must include and be arranged in the following order:

–Cover sheet (available at this link: (  Be sure to include the name and phone number of a departmental contact who will managing the funds.  If the Faculty PI is

not the Student PI’s major professor, provide the name of the major professor, and indicate that the major professor has endorsed the proposal.

–A narrative of no more than 1000 words (excluding references).  Should be written for an educated, non-specialist audience and must include a clear explanation of methodology and expected outcomes.

–A statement of how the project will advance the professional development of the student PI (250 words or fewer).

–A statement of how the project is related to the faculty PI’s expertise and research agenda (250 words or fewer).  If the faculty PI has extramural or intramural funding, please indicate the difference between this request and the funded


–An itemized budget for the amount requested.  Requests should be for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000.  Be sure to indicate a projected timeline for use of the funds.

–Any documentation of an invitation or host institution support.

–CV of the faculty member (Limit to 5 pages – include current funding) and the graduate student (Limit to 2 pages).

–Endorsement letters from both department head and dean (Dr. Benner will provide endorsement letters for Child & Family Studies; Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; Educational Psychology & Counseling; and, Theory & Practice in Teacher

Education.  Dr. Fairbrother will provide endorsement letters for faculty in Nutrition; Public Health; Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport Studies; and, Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Management).


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ELPS Alumni Recommended as Next Chancellor for UT Martin

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates alumni, Keith Carver, recommended as the next chancellor to lead the University of Tennessee at Martin.  Carver has served as executive assistant to UT President Joe DiPietro since 2011. The UT Board of Trustees will vote during their October 13-14 meeting on this decision.

Carver earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Memphis, his master’s in college student personnel and educational leadership through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in our college, and his doctorate in philosophy at UT Knoxville.  We wish Carver the best of luck in his  new appointment.

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Longer Recess=Better Learning

Dawn Coe, associate professor in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, feels that the activity children get during recess can help them not only physically, but mentally as well.  Academics are important but give children a chance to take a break and partake in some sort of physical activity.  The breaks in academics give children a chance to be active which leads to better behavior and attentiveness.

Enjoy this WVLT-8 story featuring Coe which was filmed with children in our own Early Learning Center.


Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture

GoodrichLogoOn Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences will host the 2016 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.  The event is at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  Event starts at 5:15 P.M. with a reception and lecture follows at 6 P.M.

Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Johnnetta Cole. One of the most powerful and well-regarded African American women in the US, Cole has a way with making history. She was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first woman ever elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the first African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America. In over 40 years in education, she has also served two US Presidents in leadership roles.

Cole currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Since the mid-1980s, Cole has worked with a number of Smithsonian programs. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice, Cole has spearheaded breakthrough thinking about diversity, leadership for social and economic justice, and women’s issues.

An inspiring force, Cole rallies everyone to embrace diversity as not only a moral and social value, but as a compelling case for business. She encourages audiences to move beyond the status quo to fully take advantage of the innovative and profitable ideas that stem from a more diverse workforce, membership, and student body. As she notes, “How much better our world would be if each of us respected difference until difference doesn’t make any more difference?”

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Game Day Instructions

With the academic closing on Thursday for the game, there are special guidelines that will be in effect for parking, road closures, and more.  Be sure to check out this helpful flyer before heading to the game!

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Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Continue to Empower Women Through Sports

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has a hidden powerhouse; a group of determined individuals who are not afraid to share their power.  They are the staff of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society (CSPS).

Once again, CSPS is helping dreams to become realities for women all across the world.  In this feature story, the co-head coaches of Tennessee Women’s Softball team are helping women in Mexico at a sports clinic realize how important sport can be in their lives.

Enjoy this feature story from Tennessee Today about the Weekly’s visit to Mexico and their experience leading a sports clinic for women’s softball.  Not only did they assist in leading women to find their inner power, they also experienced the determination of these ladies to make a difference even at a young age. 


Three Sport Management Graduates Are Division 1 Athletic Directors

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Three graduates from the Sport Management Program in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Management have reached monumental positions in their careers.

John Currie is with Kansas State.  He received his MA in Sports Management in 2003.  He has served as athletic director for the Kansas State program since 2009, turning their program around tremendously.

Mark Ingram began his appointment as Director of Athletics of the University of Alabama in May, 2015.  He graduated with his BA in sports management in 1996 with minors in both business and psychology.

David Blackburn is a1990 graduate receiving his BA.  He began his leadership role at the University of Chattanooga as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics in April, 2013.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is proud of the accomplishments of these alumni.  Great job!



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Two Public Health Graduate Students Receive Josephine D. Cochran Scholarship

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Scholarship Committee has chosen Brittney Hardwick and Chelsea Hagan as the recipients of the 2016Josephine D. Cochran Scholarship. Ms. Josephine created this award because she believed education was vital to an individual’s character. She wanted to assist students with a high level of academic success in the areas that were in the former College of Human Ecology.

Brittney HardwickBrittney Hardwick is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also earning a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and plans to graduate in May of 2017. She sits on the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Board as the representative for the UTK Department of Public Health. She is also a member of Tennessee Public Health Association, Public Health Graduate Student Association, and the Inter-professional Training Group, which focuses on providing collaborative care to rural and underserved patients in community clinic settings. She has also worked with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, UT Medical Center, and HCA. Brittney aspires to be a champion for innovative health care policy and quality improvement efforts.

Chelsea HaganChelsea Hagan is in her second year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Her chosen MPH concentration is in Community Health Education, a calling that she has answered enthusiastically alongside her studies. In her first year, Chelsea facilitated the “My Body, My Future” program to empower adolescent girls at the Boys and Girls Club. She is actively working in the health and wellness field in the Knoxville area serving as a Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach at the YMCA, a weight loss intervention coach, and a personal trainer. This fall, she will be leading local high school students as they complete a community health assessment during the ToWeR (Teens Working to Reform) program. After her graduation in May of 2017, Chelsea plans to pursue a career of wellness in the workplace.


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Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management’s Culinary Institute offers “Become Your Own Chef” Noncredit Courses

Based in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, the Culinary Institute is offering noncredit courses as a way to “Become Your Own Chef.”  There are eight different selections of classes offered where you can create a themed dinner or project for everyday dining or specific to an event.  Instructors for these courses have a wide variety of experience and talent ranging from the wine industry to culinary instructors at the institute.

More information on how to get registered for these courses, fees, and location and other helpful information can be found in this Tennessee Today article.  You may also register by calling Marcia Lane in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at 865-974-6645.

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Teachers with Ties to CEHHS Win Presidential Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is celebrating two East Tennessee teachers; one an alumna and one a mentoring teacher for our college, two out of over two hundred honored.

Mary Vaughan has taught a full range of math subjects at Oak Ridge High School over the last twenty years and currently teaches Algebra 1 and Precalculus Honors.  A National Board Certified teacher, Mary earned her BS and MS degrees in Mathematics Education from our own Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. 

Nicole Resmondo, a sixth grade science teacher at Gresham Middle school, serves on the Tennessee State Science Standard Writing Development Team. She is also a mentoring teacher for students through our Vols Teach Program.

Congratulations to these two ladies!  Check out their story as featured on Wate.Com On Your Side, Channel 6.    Here is the story as featured on Local 8 News.

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Julia Jaekel Explains Refugee Mother’s Child Care Practices

Julia Jaekel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, explains why the continuation of homeland child caring practices should be important for all refugee mothers.  Featured on the Academic Minute Website, Jaekel discusses the increase in the number of refugees and what that increase means for refugee mothers. Her project, in which she is teamed with colleague Hillary Fouts, aims to investigate traditional infant care patterns that may be protective of preterm infants.

Enjoy the article featuring an audio discussion with Jaekel and learn more about the importance of these practices and traditions.

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Welcome Students!

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences welcome our students on the first day of classes!

If you are a returning student or a new face to grace our halls, we wish you the best of luck this semester and are here to help in any way we can!

Just a few helpful hints!

Student Services (Advising) Center is located in A335 Bailey Education Complex, 974-8194

Dean’s Suite/Administrative Office is located at 335 Claxton Complex, 974-2201

Food can be found at the Student Union which includes Subway, Chik-Fil-A, Qdoba, Panda Express, Salad Creations & Starbucks.  There is also a Starbucks in the library and an Einstein’s Bagels in the Haslam Business Building.

Parking Services is located at 2121 Stephenson Drive, 974-6031.

Good luck on your first day and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it!

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CEHHS Offers Walk-In Advising Hours


Need advised?

Forget to make an appointment?  Never fear, your staff of fabulous CEHHS advisors have your back!

The CEHHS Student Services Center is offering “Walk-In” advising hours the week of August 15-19.  Hours are from 8:30-3:30 each day.

The Office of Student Services can be reached at 865-974-8194 or at CEHHS Student Services.

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Project GRAD Contributes to Illumination Tribute in Odd Fellows Cemetery

The Odd Fellows Cemetery will be honored during an Illumination Tribute on August 12 at 7:00 P.M.  A contributing factor to making it all happen has been the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Project GRAD.

During their 2016 Project GRAD Summer Institute and in years past, students have contributed to the maintenance and cleaning of the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Along with other volunteer organizations, they helped map the 250 stones which represent only part of the 6,000 graves in the cemetery .

Odd Fellows Cemetery, located on Bethel Avenue in downtown Knoxville, is one of Knoxville’s first dedicated African-American burial grounds.  The College of Architecture and Design and the Knoxville ReAnimation Coalition will hold the Illumination Tribute on August 12 at 7:30 P.M. in the Cemetery as part of a week-long celebration of Emancipation in Knoxville.

Learn more about the event to commemorate Emancipation day and to honor the slavery-era men and women buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

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The Science of Olympians


USA cyclist Taylor Phinney tests the limits of his ability every time he competes in an event.  As one of the top athletes in the world, Phinney followed in the footsteps of his parents which are both Olympic medalists. But is that the only reason he has been successful?David Bassett

With this great athletic ability comes questions; questions that David Bassett and Scott Conger are trying to answer.  Is it genetics?  Is it starting training at an early age? How can someone run faster and farther than the average person?

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This article, written by David Bassett, professor and head of our Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies in the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, and Scott Conger, assistant professor in The Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University, explores athletes, their abilities, and what makes it happen.

Check out Bassett and Jim BeMiller, featured on WBIR.Com as they discuss “The Science of Olympians.”

The Science of Olympians

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Pond Gap Elementary, A University-Assisted Community School, Gets New Playground

Pond Gap Elementary, a University-Assisted Community School (UACS), will have a new playground for students on opening day, August 8.  The playground, made possible by a partnership between the Pond Gap PTA, Rotary Club of Bearden, and Knox County Schools, will serve the school’s 370 students when they return. Countless volunteers have labored in the heat to make this possible.

As one of the University-Assisted Community Schools, Pond Gap Elementary is near and dear to the heart of Bob Kronick, director of the UACS program.  Pond Gap serves a low-income population and this program has enhanced their interpersonal skills, strengthened their critical thinking, and allowed them to succeed more academically than ever before!

Read more about how this project was made possible.

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Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Presents Special Workshop

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature will present a special workshop this Friday, July 15, showcasing the best new books for children and young adults from the past year. The event, in collaboration with the Knox County Public Library, will feature events throughout the day.  More information about registration and the event schedule can be found here.  

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature’s is a partnership between our college and the College of Communications and Information.  Their mission is to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines.  The center is under the direction of Susan Groenke, associate professor of English Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher of the best

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Child and Family Studies Student Studies Abroad for Research

This summer you can find Child and Family Studies (CFS) student, Lauren Bader, conducting research abroad. Bader is currently in the Gamo Highlands in a village called Doko-Zolo.  For her second summer, Bader’s fieldwork consists of researching cultural beliefs of environmental risk and parents as well as gathering information on parents experiences with child loss.  Included in her research, Bader will conduct observations of 1-2 year old Gamo children to investigate how parents’ experiences with child loss relate to their involvement with infants and toddlers.  Bader is working on this project in collaboration with her professor, Hillary Fouts, assistant professor in CFS.

baderAnd she doesn’t stop there.  In a separate project with Julia Jaekel and Hillary Fouts, Bader will be meeting with local health care professionals in the village and in Arba Minch, the closest town to the village of Doko-Zolo as well as professors from Arba Minch University.  The aim of this project is to investigate traditional infant care patterns that may be protective of preterm infants.

Bader will return to Knoxville in September. She will be joined by Fouts and Jaekel during part of her time abroad providing her an opportunity to work along side her professors.  She will begin planning future research with their network of collaborators in Doko-Zolo and Arba Minch.


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TPTE 517-Trends and Issues in Education Expresses Support for Orlando

At a time in our society when we are all saddened by the turn of events in Orlando, one instructor has turned educational theory about social justice into practice by displaying support for #WeAreOrlando.  Today students from the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education 517-Trends and Issues in Education class led by Graduate Teaching Associate Beau Whitsett, designed posters to express our college’s support of those involved in Sunday’s tragic event.  The posters are displayed in the main hallway/entryway into our college.

More information about events and ways to support in the wake of this attack on the LGBTQ community and our nation’s largest mass shooting history can be found on the #WeAreOrlando website.


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Fit and Healthy Advice for Summer

How do you keep your family fit and healthy this summer?  Lee Murphy, professor in the Department of Nutrition has six tips to help you out.  Some of these tips include a health pantry and simply hydrating often.

Read more about Murphy’s recommendations to keep your family healthy and fit this summer featured in this Tennessee Today article!



Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Visits With Leaders and Government Officials About Disability Rights

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Center for Sport, Peace, & Society has partnered with the U.S. Department of State for the Global Sports Mentoring Program and its Empower Women through Sports and Sport for Community programs. On May 18, they visited with 15 ‪#‎S4C2016‬ emerging leaders and met government officials working in the area of ‪#disability rights‬. The class visited the U.S. Department of State to learn about U.S. disability rights efforts and share their hopes for how they will influence inclusion, accessibility, and sports opportunities in their countries.

“I am a great believer in the power of sports. I’m not only using it to train athletes, but I’m trying to create a mass awareness to the needs of accessibility. I’m using my professional knowledge as an architect to create an inclusive society by changing the infrastructure. Once you can hold a great Paralympic event it educates the nation because they see it.” Deepak KC, deputy secretary general of National Paralympic Committe Nepal NPC U.S. Embassy, Nepal SOS Children’s Villages Nepal Spaulding Rehabilitation Network — with Deepak K.C at U.S. Department of State.
“In Sri Lanka, we had a 30 year war and many children were deprived of social life and sports. I believe sports is the integral component to social integration. I want to share all of my experiences learning in the U.S. and studying its laws and disability acts. ” Priyantha Peiris, disability equality trainer and treasurer of Sri Lanka Paralympic Committee
#S4C2016 emerging leaders hear from influential disability rights policymakers and government representatives Judith Heumann, Maria Town, Ann Cody, and Day Al-Mohamed. SportsUnited – U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs – U.S. Department of State — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Priyantha Peiris, Olesya Vladykina, Anderson Gama, Yerlan Suleimenov, Adz Dumapong, Bayron Lopez, Valeria Filiaeva, Deepak K.C and Julio Cesar Rueda at U.S. Department of State.
Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan shakes hands with emerging leader Julio Rueda, a professional wheelchair tennis player and social entrepreneur in Guatemala
Emerging leader Bayron Lopez, president of the National Paralympic Committee of Ecuador, speaks with representatives at the U.S. Department of State Comite Paralimpico Ecuatoriano U.S. Embassy Quito United States Association of Blind Athletes — with Bayron Lopez.
“Because of the war in Ukraine the number of disabled people and children is rising very fast. And I believe the Paralympic movement is the best way to get them back into sports. I will work very hard to achieve this.” Oleksandra Nasadiuk, deputy head of international relations for the National Sports Committee for the Disabled of Ukraine, Paralympic Committee.
Emerging leaders Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Adeline Dumapong, and Valeria Filiaeva at the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday morning U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus Ability360 Lakeshore Foundation Spaulding Rehabilitation Network — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Adz Dumapong and Valeria Filiaeva at U.S. Department of State.
The #S4C2016 class at the U.S. Department of State to learn about U.S. disability rights efforts and share their hopes for how they will influence inclusion, accessibility, and sports opportunities in their countries — with Oleksandra Nasadiuk, Priyantha Peiris, Olesya Vladykina and 13 others at U.S. Department of State.


Fairbrother Appointed Interim Associate Dean

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Fairbrother as the Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs in our college.  Fairbrother has served faithfully as Department Head for Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies for the past four years and brings a wealth of experience to the appointment.

Fairbrother will be serving in interim for the position as Dixie Thompson moves into her new role as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School effective April 1. As Fairbrother serves as interim in this position, David Bassett will fill the position of interim of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies.

Congratulations to all!  Read the article also featured in Tennessee Today making this announcement.


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CEHHS Art Ed Alumna Named one of the 2016 Knox County Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to Knox County Christenberry Elementary School Art Education Teacher, Jessica Stewart.  Jessica has been named one of the 2016 Teachers of the Year in Knox County for her skills as an exceptional educator.  Jessica is a 2012 MS graduate in Art Education through the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

As Jessica teaches art for fourth and fifth grade students, she provides “a warm and inviting environment where students are encouraged to explore and create art that is personal.”  Jessica teaches art with this philosophy and the students love her.  “Art is the only place that has no wrong answers. There might better some better answers, but no wrong ones. And it’s really freeing, totally safe, and it makes (students) free from failure.”

Enjoy this article and video interview featuring Jessica in the Knoxville News Sentinel and share Jessica’s love for art and how she encourages that love in her students






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