The University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic has been awarded $100,000 from the Tennessee Bar Foundation to fund a project that will offer civil legal assistance to rural East Tennesseeans.
The Legal Clinic’s project, ExpungeTN, aims to lift barriers for those who want to clear their criminal records and rebuild their lives, and will target vulnerable populations in geographically isolated areas of East Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bar Foundation announced on Thursday that it would distribute more than $1 million in awards to encourage innovation in civil legal aid. The UT College of Law is the only Tennessee university to receive an award from the organization.
“We are thrilled for this opportunity to expand our expungement work and reach people in rural East Tennessee who we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to assist without this major grant,” Legal Clinic Director Joy Radice said.
The Tickle College of Engineering has named Professor Ozlem Kilic as the new associate dean for academic and student affairs. Kilic will start her new role on July 29.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Professor Kilic’s caliber join us here in the college,” said Interim Dean Mark Dean. “She has a wealth of expertise in a variety of areas, and her past experiences will serve her well in this new role.”
Kilic will replace Masood Parang in the position, which oversees a variety of the college’s programs, including undergraduate and graduate curricula and the offices responsible for the college’s diversity, study abroad, advising, recruiting, and scholarship and fellowship programs, among others.
The Office of Communications and Marketing won 17 awards, including 10 gold awards, from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association.
Research development is a relatively new and expanding field, defined more by professional opinion and anecdotal information than concrete delineations. Even as more and more institutions establish research development offices, there is only one professional organization in the United States for persons whose responsibilities have been labeled as research development: the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).
A new study co-authored by Kimberly Eck, assistant vice chancellor for research development, aims to help define the profession, establishing the education, experience, and skills needed to be a research development professional and understanding their scope of responsibilities.