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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.

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10th Annual Graves Business Plan Competition

Undergraduate students in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences are invited to participate in the 10th Annual Graves Business Plan Competition.  The competition, sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship in Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business, awards cash prizes to promising undergraduate student startup businesses or business ideas.

So do you have an ideal students?  Deadline is March 10th so get busy and submit your ideals here!



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FUTURE Program Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Academic Year

The FUTURE Post-Secondary Education Program located in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. FUTURE, a two-year course of study, empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community.

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in the FUTURE program receive assistance in making a successful transition from high school to adult life.  They receive assistance with career counseling, development of academic, vocational, and decision making skills.  Successful completion of the program results in a vocational certificate.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit their website. Any questions, please contact the FUTURE program at 865-974-9176.

*Students requiring assistance with development of basic academic sills or the social skills needed to succeed in school, requiring post-secondary autism support services may visit our Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center (KLASS) for assistance if they do not meet the requirements for the FUTURE program.

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Marvelene Moore to be Honored with Trailblazer Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) congratulates professor emerita Marvelene Moore, recipient of the 2017 Trailblazer Series Award. Moore worked with UT for 36 years and was inducted into the CEHHS Hall of Honor in 2014.

Moore’s career has encompassed many different roles. An expert in classroom music for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Moore has received multiple honors for her dedication to music education.

Moore will be presented with the award Tuesday, March 21 at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. More information about the ceremony and Moore’s outstanding career are detailed in this Tennessee Today article.

CEHHS congratulates you Marvelene Moore!

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!

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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!

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Raynor Appointed to National Health Institute Study & Review Section

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences wishes to congratulate Hollie Raynor, Department of Nutrition for her appointment to the Psychological Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section, Center for Scientific Review by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Hollie was chosen based upon her demonstrated competence and achievement in her discipline, research accomplishments, publications, and multiple activities, achievements & honors.

Hollie will participate in the NIH peer review process where she will review grants applications, make recommendations and study the status of research in her field. Service on a study section, such as Hollie’s appointment, requires mature judgement and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group. The contributions made through this appointment will be of great value to medical and allied research in this country.

Congratulations Hollie!

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Call for Nominations for Annual Faculty & Staff Recognition Ceremony

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) is now accepting nominations for it’s 2017 Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony. Multiple awards are given to faculty and staff who have promoted the college’s mission through innovative teaching, reached an outstanding achievement, to encourage excellence, been an exemplary faculty or staff member in the college, or exhibited outstanding work on a dissertation by a doctoral student and their major professor.

Here is a detailed description of the awards, the nomination process and selection criteria for faculty and staff awards. Nominations must be emailed with requested materials in PDF form by noon, March 10 to Jud Laughter, CEHHS Senate President. Please place the nominee’s name and award in the subject line of the email and submit nominations for multiple awards separately. If multiple people want to nominate the same person for an award, you can submit just one nomination with multiple signatures. If you have any questions, please contact Jud Laughter or your departmental Senators.

Thank you for supporting your colleagues and celebrating all the great work being done by our college.


It’s Faculty Awareness Week!

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has fabulous faculty and this is your opportunity to let them know.  The university is hosting Faculty Awareness Week and offering several events for our faculty to enjoy lunch and conversation or poster presentations, attend Open House or a basketball game, discounted theatre tickets, or attend a farewell party for Chancellor Cheek during his last week in that role with the university.

Be sure to check out all the happenings and don’t forget to follow our Facebook page which will feature shout-outs from students about how wonderful our faculty are!



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Social Justice & Mental Health Workshop

The Counselor Education program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling is hosting “Social Justice and Mental Health,” a workshop for helping professionals, on February 24, 2017.  The workshop will be held form 2-3 PM in Hodges Library 101.  The workshop will be led by Catharina (Catherine) Chang, a professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.

Chang, PhD, has published and presented in the areas of social justice and advocacy, multicultural counseling competence, privilege and oppression issues and counseling implications related to Asian American and Korean American clients.  She is past-president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

The event is co-sponsored by the Upsilon Theta Chapter of Chi Sigma lota, an international honor society for counselor education, and CEHHS.

The event is free and open to the public.

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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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CEHHS Graduate Student Advisory Board Accepting Proposal Abstracts for Research Colloquium


The CEHHS Graduate Student Advisory Board is accepting proposal abstracts for the Research Colloquium Scheduled for Friday, March 3 from 9 am – 2 pm. Please encourage your graduate students to submit their research, class projects, or literature reviews by the deadline.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and submitted electronically by 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Please submit electronically via this submission process.

One oral presentation and at least three poster presentations will be selected from each academic department.

More information is available at

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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!



CEHHS Teacher Education Program Ranked Among Top Programs in the State

The College of Education, Health, and Human Science’s (CEHHS) own Teacher Education program is among the top institutions in Tennessee according to the 2016 Teacher Preparation Report Card.  CEHHS’s program is meeting and exceeding state averages in eight out of the nine metrics by which the program is rated.

The program has recommended more than 3,600 graduates for teacher licensure in the past 15 years; teachers have rated 3 or higher out of a 1-5 rating during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 years; and CEHHS graduates include a 100 percent pass rate for content-knowledge Praxis exams, 93.8 percent retention rate after their first year teaching, and an average ACT score of 25.8.

But that’s not all that makes our program so great!  Read more about our ratings and thoughts from Susan Benner, Associate Dean of our college about this great rating!


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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Latest Edition of Accolades Now Available Online

The College of Education, Health, and Human Science’s latest edition of Accolades, the magazine for the college, is now available online.

Featured in this edition are stories such as “A Teaching Metamorphosis; Five Years that Shape Future Educators,” “A Soldier and Veterinarian” among many other helpful tips, faculty spotlights, alumni stories and more.

Be sure to check out these great articles online now!

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CFS Professor & Students to Present at Teaching & Learning Innovation Symposium

Be sure to mark your calendars CEHHS and join Sally Hunter and graduate students as they present their work examining the use of smartphones in the classroom at the UT Teaching and Learning Innovation Symposium November 2.  The event will focus on different methods being used in classrooms across UT’s campus to restructure the learning environment toward Gen-Z students.

More information about the event and their presentation can be found here.

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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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Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series Hosted Johnnetta Cole

The Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series hosted Johnetta Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women as the 2016 guest speaker on October 4 at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  The topic of Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion” drew great questions from the audience of over 300 in attendance.  The audience was comprised of faculty, staff, students, community members and sisters from Cole’s sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

Cole was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first women to ever be elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the first  African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America, has served two U.S. Presidents in leadership roles and currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.  These are just a few of the great accomplishments in Cole’s career.  Learn more about Cole here.

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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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2015 Ed 100 Students Poster Presentation

ED 100: Service Learning Poster Presentation Scheduled November 10th

The ED 100: Service Learning students will present their experiences in a poster presentation scheduled for November 10, 2016.  The event showcases the hard of work of the Education 100 students who are placed in schools in Knox and surrounding counties where they experience a hands on approach to learn more about becoming a teacher.  Students are encouraged to:

  • identify the learning needs of students at their placement site
  • design and implement service learning projects to address the identified needs; and
  • reflect upon the impact of their service learning projects.

This course is led by instructors Geri Landry from the Office of School Based Experiences as well as Lisa Emery, Demetria Mells, Laura Stetler, and Carly Chwat of the Office of Advising & Student Services.

The event will be from 9:25-10:55 am and again at 2:20-3:25 pm in the Claxton Lobby, 2nd Floor Commons Area.   Refreshments will be provided.

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Theory & Practice Hosts Third Annual Recognition Ceremony

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) held its third annual Recognition Ceremony on October 4, 2016, at The Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. This event recognizes individuals, who through outstanding contributions of time, service and expertise are “making a difference” in the field of education and interpreting. The ceremony preceded the annual Billie Grace Goodrich Lecture by keynote speaker Dr. Johnnetta Cole. TPTE faculty, staff and doctoral students were recognized for their accomplishments, including promotions and external awards. Faculty and student awards as well as awards to selected members of the educational community were presented.

The TPTE Teaching Award was presented to Yujeong Park and the TPTE Service Award was presented to Chonika Coleman-King and Kristin Rearden. A TPTE Graduate Student Research Award was presented to Sara Demoiny (Teacher Education/Social Science); her major advisor is Dr. Stewart Waters. Two of Dr. David Cihak’s advisees (Byungkeon Kim and Kelly Kraiss (Special Education/Deaf Education/Interpreter Education) also received Graduate Student Research Awards.

Recognition awards were presented in three categories: TPTE Outstanding Alumnus/a, TPTE Outstanding Collaborator, and TPTE Outstanding Commu­nity Advocate.

The TPTE Outstanding Alumnus/a Award is given to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of education and/ or interpreting as indicated by one or more of the following: dedicated and distinguished teaching or interpreting; distinguished record of scholarship or creativity; and distinguished record of outreach and service in education and/or interpreting. The recipients for 2016 were Dr. Tammy Bowlin (Jefferson County Schools); Ms. Michel Swafford (Tennessee School for the Deaf), and Dr. Elaine Vaughan (Oak Ridge Schools).

The TPTE Outstanding Collaborator Award is given to a professional educator or interpreter with a distinguished history of collaboration with faculty, students and staff within TPTE. A TPTE Outstanding Collaborator has made extraordinary commitments of time and expertise to support the preparation of effective and caring teachers, inter­preters, and/or scholars in PreK–12 education and/ or interpreting. The recipients for 2016 were Dr. Tracy McAbee (principal, Benton Elementary School), Ms. Sallee Reynolds (principal, Hardin Valley Academy), and Ms. Gale Stanley (Campbell County Schools).

The TPTE Outstanding Community Advocate Award is given to an individual with a distinguished history of advocacy for PreK–12 teachers and students and/or interpreters. A TPTE Community Advocate has made outstanding contributions as indicated by one or more of the following: a record of diligent effort to further the goal of access for all to quality education or interpreting services essential to a thriving and just democracy; a strong record of civic-minded activities that support the tireless work of striving and caring teachers and/ or interpreters; and a recognized leader in advocacy on behalf of children/adolescents by working to improve equal and fair oppor­tunities for all. The recipients for 2016 were Senator Lamar Alexander, Ms. Bobbie Beckman (Speech Pathology Services of East TN) and Ms. Patti Bounds (Knox County School Board, teacher).

The TPTE Recognition Ceremony is a function of the TPTE Council, which is comprised of civic-minded individuals deeply committed to the ideal that quality education is essential for a thriving and just democracy. Please consider joining the Council. Learn more at on the TPTE website’s giving page.





Public Health Assistant Professor Featured on WalletHub.Com

Robert Lieberthal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health, is featured in the October 4 edition of WalletHub.Com’s feature story, “2016’s State Uninsured Rates.”  Lieberthal, author of “What Is Health Insurance (Good) For?  An examination of Who Gets It, Who Pays for It, and How to Improve It” was asked a series of questions including topics such as Obamacare and the laws effecting uninsured adults.

Lieberthal’s main research interest is the application of economic and actuarial analysis to public health issues, making him a great candidate based upon his experience and his recent publication to offer his expert opinion for this article.

2016 Student Awards Celebration

CEHHS to Host 2016 Student Awards Celebration October 27

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ (CEHHS) Dean Bob Rider invites you to the 2016 Student Awards Celebration on October 27, 2016.  The event will be from 4-6 pm at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park.

This event allows CEHHS an opportunity to honor this year’s scholarship recipients and to thank the donors who have made these awards possible.  Family members are welcome to attend.

For more information about the event, lodging options, directions and parking, please contact Penny Howell via email or phone at 865-974-3968.



KRSS Student Receives Joan Cronan Lady Vol Graduate Fellowship Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to congratulate Tory Lewis for receiving the Joan Cronan Lady Vol Graduate Fellowship award. Lewis, a graduate student in the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Management program, graduated with her BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.  She is a staff member in the softball department while working towards her graduate degree.

The Joan Cronan Lady Vol Graduate Fellowship Award is an endowment established to honor longtime women’s athletic director Joan Cronan and provides a graduate fellowship to Lady Vols who wish to follow in Cronan’s footsteps and advocate for women’s athletics.  The fellowship award is funded by prominent UT alumnae in honor of Cronan and the part she has played in Women’s athletics at the university.

For more information about the Joan Cronan Lady Vol Graduate Fellowship Award, contact Randy Atkins in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.





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FUTURE Program Hosts Open House

The FUTURE Inclusive Education program is a two or three year course of study which empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community.

FUTURE helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with career counseling and developing their academic, vocational, and decision making skills.

We are happy to announce the FUTURE program at the University of Tennessee is hosting FOUR open houses this semester!

October 5 10 am-1 pm

October 10 10 am-1 pm

October 12 10 am-1 pm

October 17 10 am-1 pm

Meet the students, faculty, and staff, visit FUTURE classes, learn about the program, or have a Q & A with the students and staff.  You can sign up here!

Please contact Tonya Wimberley at 865-974-9175 for directions and parking assistance.

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Should There Be Fluoride in Our Drinking Water?

A controversial topic in today’s news is fluoride in public drinking water.  Is it necessary?  Does it have positive or negative health effects?

Paul Erwin, Director of the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health supports the continuation of fluoride if maintained at recommended levels.  He totally disagrees with removing it completely from drinking water. Others, such as  Ashley Graham-Smith with the East Tennessee Freedom Alliance, a group who advocates for medical freedom, disagrees with Erwin. She feels that the amount of fluoride in Knoxville’s drinking water is harmful.

View the story as featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel about the controversy surrounding fluoride in public drinking water and the positive and negative benefits of using fluoride.


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Taste of the South Donation to Camp Koinonia Largest Ever

The Taste of the South (TOTS), a committed and focused committee of 44 southerners who make it their annual duty to share a taste of the south with Washington, DC and give something back to the states they will always call home, presented Camp Koinonia with its largest financial gift in its history.

Friday, September 23, Camp Koinonia was presented a check from TOTS for $187, 208.  The donation was raised through their annual TOTS Gala which has allowed fundraising and donations totaling over $4 million to be distributed to charities across the south and in Washington, DC over thirty-four years. The event and presentation were held at the Visitor’s Center and hosted by former co-anchor of WBIR 10 News, Bill Williams.  Those who spoke and or attended the event included current and legacy board members, Camp Koinonia staff, University of Tennessee faculty, staff and students, Koinonia campers and families and other local dignitaries.

Camp Koinonia‘s primary focus is to provide an opportunity for children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, to attend an outdoor camp they normally would not be able to.  The donation will supplement the funding gap for the University of Tennessee Camp Koinonia program, through which the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Therapeutic Recreation students work with the camp annually.  You can contact Angela Wozencroft, Associate Professor and Camp Koinonia Program Director for more information about  how to get involved.


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You can find the complete press release regarding the donation here.


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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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Meeting of the CEHHS Board of Advisors

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Board of Advisors met last week with presenters to work on the advancement of the mission and the vision of our college. The advisors are important as they tirelessly invest in our college and challenge us to be our best.  It is made up of alumni, friends, and retired faculty from our college who are interested in helping the college achieve its fullest potential.  The board serves in a collaborative relationship with an advisory capacity to the leadership and faculty.

A full list of advisors and more information about the Dean’s Board of Advisors can be found on our college website.

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Board of Advisors & Presenters


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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.


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Partners in Sports To Hold Fall Conference

The Partners in Sports Tennessee Sport Management program, a part of the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies department, will hold its 2016 Fall Conference on Thursday, September 29.  Speakers will include Nashville Sports Authority Executive Director, Monica Fawknotson; Chief of Resource Education for the National Park Service, Nigel Fields; Senior Director for Corporate Marketing for the Tennessee Smokies, Craig Jenkins; and Associate Athletics director for Business and Internal Operations for Tennessee Athletics, Tyler Johnson.

The conference will be from 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. in the Wolf-Kaplan Room at Neyland Stadium.  Registration is $10 and will include breakfast and lunch. You will enter the stadium through Gate 21A.  Registration and more information is available by contacting Emily Corley.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear from some top leaders in the Sports Management industry.  Here are some printable flyers including an announcement and speaker bios for sharing!


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No Homework Policy Being Considered in East Tennessee Schools

“No homework!”  These words are what every student wants to hear after a long day of classes.  And parents are not objecting. One East Tennessee school has already adopted this policy and now others are joining the movement.  More free time to play after school has improved family time.  Teachers are seeing an improvement in enthusiasm about school and a desire to learn improving.

Richard Allington, Professor in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, supports the idea of no homework.  He says that children should read which would have a more positive effect.

Enjoy this video on the WJHL.Com featuring Allington and how East Tennessee counties are contemplating adopting the “No Homework” policy.


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New Assistant Professor in Department of Public Health Releases New Book

Robert Lieberthal, Phd in the Department of Public Health, has released a new book, “What is Health Insurance (Good) For? An Examination of Who Gets It, Who Pays for It, and How to Improve It.”

Lieberthal is new to the department and comes to us via Thomas Jefferson University.  Lieberthal’s main research interest is the application of economic and actuarial analysis to public health issues.

For more information on Lieberthal’s book, you can check out the Springer.Com website for a description and ordering information.


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.”

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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.



Sport Management Sophomore Earns Position on Olympic National Team

**Story Update- Coleman has earned a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the 4X100 relay!  Read more about Christian’s awesome accomplishment!

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences will be well represented this year in the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Along with Blaase and Toussaint, we have another student possibly Olympic bound.

Christian Coleman, a sophomore in Sports Management in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, will compete in July for a spot on the USA Olympic National Team.  Coleman has already set the Olympic A Standard in the 100 meters with a time of 10.11.

Read more about Coleman’s career where he actually began as a football player in high school in Georgia.

CEHHS wishes him the best of luck!

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2015 CEHHS Alumna Qualifies for U.S Olympics in Honor of Pat Summitt

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Molly Hannis, 2015 graduate of the Recreation and Sport Management program in Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Studies (KRSS).  Hannis, finishing second in the 200-meter breaststroke, will head to Rio next month to compete in the 2016 Olympics.  Saddened by the news of the passing of Pat Summitt, Hannis wished to honor Pat Summitt with her performance.  Hannis is one of three Tennessee swimmers headed to the Rio Games, joining Kira Toussaint, senior in KRSS and 2011 graduate, Martina Moravcikova.

Read more about Hannis’s emotional win and her dedication of that win to Pat Summitt.  Here is her story as featured on WBIR.Com. 


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Services for Children Expanded in KLASS Center

The Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center has expanded its services. Services now available include consultation sessions for children with behavioral difficulties and psychoeducational evaluations for dyslexia.  Families who struggle with behavioral difficulties may now meet weekly with a clinician to develop effective strategies.

Read more about the KLASS Center and the services they are adding for individuals who have learning, behavioral, or social skill difficulties in this TN Today article.

You may also learn about the KLASS Center as featured in this WVLT Local 8 article.


VOLeaders Academy Leaves on Inaugural Journey to Brazil

The Center for Sport, Peace, & Society in partnership with the UT Center for Leadership and Service and the University of Tennessee Athletics Department conduct the VOLeaders Academy; a group of 13 student-athletes representing nine sports at UT. Members of the academy departed today for Brazil as part of a 10-day cultural exchange experience during which they will visit the major municipalities of São Paulo and Rio.

Learn more about the VOLeaders Academy and their adventure in this UTSPORTS.COM story. 


Redshirting the Kindergartener: Is it a Good Idea?

Amos Hatch, Professor in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education says, “Yes, if it’s for the right reason.” But there are many pros and cons to consider before making this decision. It can be detrimental to a child’s educational experience if the child is redshirted for the wrong reasons. In other instances, it might be the right thing to do. The choice is a personal one and parents should consider carefully before making the decision.

Enjoy this article featured in TN Today in which Amos shares his expert opinion on a controversial topic in today’s schools.

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The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Empowers Leaders in Disability Sport

The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society recently completed a five-week exchange program with international leaders in the field of disability sport.  As part of the center’s cooperative agreement with the US Department of State and as part of the Global Sports Mentoring Program, the center hosted 15 sport leaders from 13 countries.  Participants included a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and the founder of Philippine Accessible Deaf Services.  Read more about the participants and the action plans developed during this program. 

The Center for Sport Peace and Society uses sport to change lives, communities and the world through teaching, research, and service.

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CEHHS Graduates Named as Tennessee Educator Fellows

score logoThe College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) congratulates the 2016-17 recipients of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship awarded by SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education.  The fellowship is a year long program that equips teachers to advocate for their students and their profession as they continue to work in their classrooms.  The program allows these teachers to contribute to the program by having a voice in making education policy, attending public speaking engagements, inviting policymakers into their classrooms, writing about their education experience in state and national publications, creating regional professional networks and serving on state-level policy committees.

Among the recipients this year are four graduates from CEHHS.  These recipients include:

  • Erica Adkins teaches fifth-grade math and science at Bellevue Middle School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Adkins has been teaching for four years. Bachelor & Masters-UTK.
  • August Askins teaches eighth-grade science at Holston Middle School in Knox County Schools. Askins has been teaching for 12 years. Bachelor & Masters-UTK.
  • Erin Doran teaches third grade at University School in Washington County Schools. Doran has been teaching for 14 years. Bachelor, Masters, & EDS-UTK.
  • Erin Glenn teaches eighth-grade social studies at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts in Hamilton County Department of Education. Glenn has been teaching for 10 years. Bachelor & Masters-UTK.

Congratulations to these recipients!  A complete list of all 2016-17 recipients can be found here.


PIPES Summer Program-Imagine Possibilities

What is PIPES?  What’s their summer program all about?

PIPES is Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science.  A five year project, PIPES seeks to make a positive difference in East Tennessee by providing opportunities for tenth-and eleventh-grade students in Campbell, Jellico and Union counties to explore STEMM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical Science).  PIPES is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award and National Institutes of Health.

Check out this video showing summer camp participants having fun while learning with faculty and students all across our campus.

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Marian Phillips, Director of Office of School-Based Experiences, Retires

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has a member of their great team retiring.  Marian Phillips has served as Director of the Office of School Based Experiences (OSBE) and will retire from her position on June 30.

Prior to coming to the college, Marian worked in the education field amassing over 30 years experience.  She began her career with a BS in Elementary Education from Auburn, MS in Special Education from Alabama and came to UT in 1998 to complete her PhD in Education.  Marian worked extensively after graduating from UT in Oak Ridge Schools Preschools as a Principal/Title 1 Director. Then she decided to return to UT; not as a student; but as a leader and role model for future teachers while guiding and placing them through their internship year in the Office of School Based Experiences.

Marian will be greatly missed as she retires; something she definitely deserves after her career.  She leaves a legacy behind in all of the pre-service teacher student candidates placed during her time in OSBE and being honored as School Based Experiences Director of the Year by CEHHS .  Hats off to you Marian and we wish you the best of luck in you retirement!



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Project GRAD Continues to Provide Opportunities For Enrichment

Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams!) continues to provide opportunities for enrichment for students from Austin East and Fulton High Schools after thirteen years. Students have been in attendance over the last two weeks at the 2016 Summer Institute.  The institute, designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to participate and gain experience in an academic setting, also includes an element of learning to give back to the community.

Students from the first week of the 2016 institute spent time at the Odd Fellows Cemetery where they cleaned headstones of Civil War veterans and assisted with commemoration.  Students in attendance during the second week worked as volunteers at the Wesley House Community Center where they assisted with science experiments and keyboarding skills.

Learn more about Project GRAD and the Summer Institute!

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Articles Feature Professor, Alumna, and Doctoral Student from TPTE

Education Week just published an post entitled, How Can Teachers Get Students to Read Over the Long Summer BreakThe post focuses on strategies to encourage students to read during the summer break in order to retain their reading skills.  The post also includes information from another post published in the International Literacy Association’s blog, Reading Rockets entitled Can We Prevent Summer Slide in Reading? written by Tim Shanahan.

Input for this Education Week article and the one included in The Reading Teacher featured interviews from Ann McGill Franzen, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE), Natalia Alexandrovna, TPTE graduate student, and Maria Cahill, TPTE Alumna, University of Kentucky.

Congratulates to these contributors!  Enjoy the articles.

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How Can Teachers Get Students to Read Over the Long Summer Break?



Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management Students Experience Field Study Abroad

As part of many of the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management majors, students have the opportunity to participate in international and domestic study tours.  During these UT Programs Abroad tours, students may visit food production facilities, the New York Fashion Market, weaving mills, showrooms of mannequin makers, offices of famous designers, leadership training, national trade shows, farms or plantations where food sources are grown, and more!

Check out a possible major in RHTM!  The possibilities are endless!

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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!


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TPTE Researchers Contribute to Read Aloud West Virginia

Two researchers from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences  Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education made a contribution to limit summer learning loss.

Typically students tend to lose reading skills over the summer.  In an effort to prevent this loss, Read Aloud West Virginia has teamed with Greenbrier County Schools, the Hollowell Foundation and the Mary B. Nickell Foundation to replicate a study which found that providing children with self-selected books to read over the summer is effective in preventing this loss.

Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington, TPTE, contributed high interest books to this program to support the study.  They found that students have a higher reading achievement if there are books from which they can voluntarily select.

Read more about this study and the books they contributed.



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What is the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP)

Do you know what the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) is?  What is the purpose of their project?  Who is the brains behind the project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides training, materials, and tools to support administrators, teachers, and staff in the implementation of RTI2-Behavior. Schools that implement RTI2-B can expect a decrease in the number of office discipline referrals, a decrease in suspensions, an increase in academic achievement, and more time for teachers to teach, students to learn, and administrators to run their schools efficiently and effectively.

Learn more about the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) on their new website.

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Brian Barber, Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, Visits Gaza For Book Research

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is home to a center focused upon a life many of us could not even imagine.  Brian Barber, PhD, of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, has visited Gaza for research several times.  He has based his work on long residencies and visits with families in and near refugee camps in the Gaza Strip since the early 2000s. Barber, founding director of the center and a New America Fellow, is currently writing a book based upon his research of two particular families with other subcharacters involved.  During his most recent visit, Barber connected with these families for updates in his research.  His intentions for the book is to portray Gaza and it’s history along with the families.

Read more about Barber’s travels and the book his is writing based upon Gaza and the lives of the families he visits. 

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Hidden Talent Within CEHHS!

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has hidden talent everywhere! We all know the fabulous jobs our faculty and staff do day to day to keep our college wonderful but what do these people do to unwind after a stressful day?

Be sure to stop by the Dean’s suite, 335 Claxton Complex, and check out the artwork.  Many paintings, photographs, and sculptures created by CEHHS faculty and staff will leave you astonished at their talent.

FYI:  Many of these pieces are available for purchase.  Check out the descriptive labels by each piece and if available for purchase, the pricing will be listed. 

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Ms. Lee Ann Eaves Named CEHHS Mentor of the Year


“A one of a kind teacher!”  That’s every teacher candidate’s wish when being assigned a mentoring teacher.  One of our teacher candidates was lucky enough to be placed by the Office of School Based Experiences with someone who defines that statement.

Katie Potter, a 2016 graduate in the Elementary Education program, was placed with Ms. Lee Ann Eaves at Grand Oaks Elementary School in Anderson County.  Ms. Eaves, a 25-year veteran of teaching and sixth generation teacher, has mentored 15 interns throughout her career and most recently added VolsTeach students.  That sounds like a lot to some; not many to others but what Ms. Eaves taught these teacher candidates through the years can’t be added up.

In the words of her most recent and last teacher candidate, “While her retirement is so exciting for her to move on and allow her time to be Nana to her sweet grandchildren, it will truly be a loss to education and especially to future educators.  I have been blessed to have her as my mentor.”  Countless stories from previous interns, fellow teachers, professors and principals also praised Ms. Eaves’ dedication to her career.  The impact she had upon their lives has left each of them a better person; be it in their personal life or their career.

Ms. Eaves was named Mentor of the Year at the 2016 Tribute to Educators. The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee appreciates all you have done throughout your career to enhance the future of teaching through your interns, your school and peers, and especially through the lives of all those countless student’s you’ve touched.

Enjoy your retirement!

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Partners in Sports Hosts Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on June 20

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Partners in Sports program, a part of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies (KRSS), is sponsoring their Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, June 20.  The annual event will be held at Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club.

The event will kick-off with an 8:30 A.M. Shotgun Start.  It will include a four-person select shot, breakfast and lunch, and silent auction.  Last year’s event raised more than $15,000 for its scholarship endowment.  Students from KRSS’s event management class will direct and oversee the tournament while gaining an understanding of the details in planning and operating an event of this type.

Contact Jim Bemiller for more information about registering or sponsoring this event.


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J. Clayton Arnold; A Portrait of Inspiration


Donor Spotlight:  J Clayton Arnold, A Portrait of Inspiration

How does a retired rural mail carrier change the world?  Through education, of course!  The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences appreciates the legacy and inspiration that J. Clayton Arnold represents to our College and University.

J. Clayton Arnold, the first donor of a $1 million dollar gift to the University of Tennessee, was a bachelor that had no formal ties to UT. He was educated in a two-room Thompson Station schoolhouse near Williamson County and never attended college.

When he was in his forties, he felt the need to further his own education and drove back and forth to Nashville to attend law school at night and although he never received his degree, he did pass the state bar exam and consulted on a part-time basis.  He was an entrepreneur for a time with his own mail order seed business, but primarily spent his career delivering mail on a rural route in Tennessee earning $60/month for 34 years.

Clayton considered himself a miser that made fortunate investments.  He considered education one of his most worthwhile investments.  Clayton shared his heart for educators when he stated “I only had two dedicated and inspiring teachers in all of my schooling.  We need more of that today.”  This sentiment doesn’t age; it is as true today as it was more than 50 years ago.

By 1963, Clayton knew he wanted to invest his savings in education but had not decided where. President, Andy Holt, and Vice President of Development, Ed Boling engaged him in numerous conversations and Clayton chose UT.  It was simple mathematics for him. He was confident that his money would go father at UT.  He said, “Out of the fund I have set up there, 5,000 students who are planning to be teachers can be helped. If each of them influences 5,000 children, I feel that my money will help over 25 million children.”

To date, almost 1,000 teachers have been awarded scholarship support through Clayton’s gift totaling more than $2 million.  Using Clayton’s own math—his gift has touched nearly half a million children.

Starting in 1967, Clayton continued his support of UT by starting a series of challenges for UT Alumni to invest in their University.  Each time our alumni would rise to the challenge, he generously added to their gifts.   His generosity inspired a challenge in in the Spirit of J. Clayton Arnold by an anonymous donor that matched $1 million raised.  His legacy continues.

In a 1970 newspaper interview from The Tennessean, J. Clayton Arnold said, “People say that you have such a love for humanity, but it’s not a fact.  I don’t have affection for the human race, but I do have loyalty to it.  I think that there is still hope for it.  I’d rather do something for people that talk about love…After all, love without loyalty is not love at all.”

Thank you J. Clayton Arnold for your faith, loyalty, and yes, love.  Pure inspiration.

10 Fun Facts about J Clayton Arnold

  1. He had a black English shepard named Zip (zip code).
  2. He often quoted Socrates and Plato.
  3. He planted peach trees on his property and had a project to develop ones that bloomed late in the spring to avoid the spring frost.
  4. He was interested in psychic phenomena.
  5. He was a bachelor and once said “I believe in the institution of marriage, but if I had married, I would have expected too much of my wife that I would have been disappointed. It would have been awful.”
  6. When he was 14, he decided to make a million dollars.
  7. He always hated tests but was inspired by his sixth grade teacher, Ms Blackburn, who he always felt gave him a “square deal.”
  8. He was born and lived in the house that his parents built in 1866 on 156 acres.
  9. He was the 10th of 13 children in his family.
  10. He said “I don’t have any fears about these rowdy students on the campuses. I felt the same way when I was 21. They will learn.  Nothing takes the place of experience.”



Orientation Time

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences welcome all new orientation students!  Starting June 2, we will have new faces gracing our halls.  Be sure to offer a friendly smile, stop and ask if they need assistance and in general be the awesome folks you always are in the college!

Orientation begins June 2 and will run continuously throughout the months of June and July with a few overflow days in August.  More information on orientation is available through the New Vols webpages.  If you need more information about our college and programs, be sure to check out our Student Services for assistance and meet with one of our award winning advisors.

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UT Project GRAD Summer Institute

It’s almost that time of year again; time for the UT Project GRAD Summer Institute.  The Institute began in 2001 as a collaboration between Project GRAD and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is housed in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department.  It provides a unique opportunity for students to participate and gain experience in an academic setting.

Dorian McCoy, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Shawn Spurgeon, Educational Psychology and Counseling are Co-Directors of the program.

This year’s date are:

  • Week 1, June 5-10
  • Week 2, June 12-17

Be sure to keep up with the amazing events happening in this program on the CEHHS Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram using the following hashtags.

#Where possibilities become endless…”



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Christopher Wright Named Quest Scholar of the Week

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Christopher Wright, Assistant Professor of STEM Education in the Department of Theory and Practice In Teacher Education.  Wright specifically focuses his research at the nexus of STEM learning experiences for males of color and their educational and career aspirations and outcomes.

Read more about Wrights research and background which led to this honor.



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.
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Walking Away With More Than a Degree

Makayla Claussen graduates tomorrow with a degree from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies alongside 4,800 other graduates.  All of these graduates will proudly have family and friends and others who supported them along the way in the audience.  But Makayla will have someone even more special to her; the one person who was able to save her life.

Makayla, your average healthy, active college sophomore student suddenly became very ill.  Testing at Vanderbilt led to the diagnosis of HLH, an autoimmune disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, and stage four non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoma.  Treatment for Makayla included chemotherapy, blood transfusions, steroids, antibiotics and two central line placements.  But Makayla was determined to live to get her degree.

Stem cell testing and reaching out to the Be the Match agency yielded one confirmed donor in 27 million. Claudia Reverts in Emden, Germany; someone Makayla had never met but who through her greathearted donation, saved her life.

Makayla’s graduation tomorrow will be a time in her life she will never forget; a time and a life that without Revert’s generosity, would never have been possible.

Enjoy the full article featured in TN Today about Makayla’s road to graduation and her new chance for life.

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FUTURE Program Graduates Fourth Class of Students

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences will have a special group of students crossing the stage this year; the fourth class of UT FUTURE Program students.  For this group of unique learners, this two-year nonresidential program yields a post-secondary educational certificate which reflects the training in academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills these students have achieved.

Graduates this year include:

Sam Harmon
Shaunte’ Angel
Corey Davison
Antony Taylor
Tyler Stevens
Lauren Butler

The UT FUTURE Program helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with career counseling and developing their academic, vocational, and decision making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a vocational certificate.


Graduating KRSS Student’s Work Through Sorority Enhances Education

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies has a student graduating with another goal already in mind; to help communities build schools.

As part of the University of Tennessee’s sorority women, Abigail Powell, has worked with The Circle of Sisterhood; an organization whose mission is to leverage the power of sorority women to raise money to remove educational barriers for girls facing poverty and oppression. The group will work with community members in Haiti and Malawi schools to begin construction on new schools.

Read more about the project for which Abigail has a passion; and a desire to make it her mission to make lives better for these girls and women facing poverty and oppression. 



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 Ranks in Top A to Z Listing of Great Things About The University in Torchbearer Magazine

Torchbearer, a magazine for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university has published its Spring, 2016 edition. Included in this edition is Tennessee A to Z, a listing of great things to love about the university and CEHHS made the list for two of these.

Included in the A to Z listing is C: Center for Leadership in partnership with the Department of Educational Leadership, and R: Rocky Top Institute.

Enjoy this article as published in the Torchbearer and learn about just two of the many things that makes our college so great!




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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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2nd Annual CEHHS Chalk Walk-CANCELED!

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  It is such a busy time of year for a lot of our faculty, staff and students and we understand.


Calling all College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) departments, programs, organizations, student groups, grants, centers and offices! 


It’s SPRING!  The flowers are full of color, the sky is blue and the Pedestrian Walkway sidewalks will be a KALEIDOSCOPE with CEHHS Chalk Art too!

Put a group together and sign up to participate in the 2nd Annual CEHHS Chalk Walk on Pedestrian Walkway on Friday, March 31st.


Let’s educate the UT campus and beyond about all of the great things that are going on in CEHHS.  From our awesome departments, to incredible staff, to program highlights, to centers that are changing the world, to outreach efforts, to engaging initiatives…the good news is endless!  We have one of the most traveled places on campus reserved to share some of our stories in chalk and with signage, but we need YOU!


  • Each of the participants (departments, programs, student organizations, centers, projects, grants, offices, etc) who want to participate will be given a 32 X 40 sheet of black foam core on which to create that will be hung across the pedestrian walkway bridge when completed.  (The walkway is brick and can’t be drawn on.)
  • Kids sidewalk chalk is not ideal as it does not have much pigment in it.  Chalk Pastels are the best medium—NO OIL-BASED PASTELS.  Cheap chalk pastels are fine, and we have some leftovers from last year that teams are welcome to utilize.
  • Each team will design their artwork. The artwork does not HAVE to depict the group.  It can be focused on Spring, nature, UT, etc. These do not have to be professional creations!
  • Each chalk creation will be accompanied by a description of the CEHHS group that created it-a bit of CEHHS education with each piece.
  • On Friday, March 31st creation of artwork will begin and the pedestrian walkway will be lined with all things CEHHS—We will display a banner with our departments listed along with additional CEHHS signage, healthy snacks, and fun.
  • Since our designs are going to be created on removable sheets of foam core, your creation will be sprayed with a fixative and displayed across our buildings over the next few weeks to continue to draw attention to the awesomeness of our college.
  • If you haven’t had enough awesome chalk artwork by the end of Friday, you can get up Saturday morning and head down to Market Square to the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk too!  More info

**If you would like to sketch your artwork plan out ahead of time or at least see the finished size, we are fine with you coming by to pick up your board after Tuesday, March 28th.  We encourage you do wait to do the “chalk” portion of the work itself at the event on Friday morning so viewers can share the fun as your work is being created but we also understand that schedules do not always allow.


  • RHTM Retail Student Association
  • Rocky Top Institute
  • Public Health Graduate Student Association
  • FUTURE Program
  • ELC Kindergarten
  • Evaluation and Statistics Measurement PHD Program
  • FRUVED Grant
  • Art Education Program
  • CEHHS Dean’s Office
  • KRSS Center for Physical Activity and Health
  • Technology Team
  • Future Physical Therapist Association
  • STEM Education
  • And many more…….

Soooooo, it’s SPRING!  Let your imaginations BLOOM!

Hop to it and get your group together and RSVP for your space on the CEHHS CHALK WALK! **In case of rain, the event will be moved to Claxton Commons!

RSVP by 3/27/17 to with:

  1. Group Name
  2. Participant Names/emails (you can always add to this)
  3. Short group description (this is the description that will be posted alongside your artwork.  It is meant to educate people about your CEHHS department, program, group, office, grant, initiative, outreach, etc.)

Some of last year’s participant’s artwork!

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