UT has joined a three-year effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities co-leads the project, known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty.
Recognitions, October 2
Tyvi Small, who has been serving as the interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement since December, will take on the role permanently.
“Tyvi has proven himself to be a compassionate, thoughtful, and creative leader who has built strong relationships based on trust and respect across our campus and the broader community,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “Through his experience as a first-generation student and his various roles on campus, he understands the importance that mattering and belonging play in student success.”
New Institutional Membership Provides Resources to Campus
The University of Tennessee has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) as an institutional member. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.
Commissions to Promote Diversity and Inclusion
Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick recently held listening sessions with three key campus advisory groups—the Commission for Blacks, the Commission for Women, and the Commission for LGBT People. ORE’s Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research and chair of the Commission for Blacks, was a driving force in making these meetings happen.
Read more about these meetings at provost.utk.edu.
Nobles Receives National Role Model Award
Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been nationally recognized for his service as a leader and mentor for campus diversity and research with underserved populations.
Nobles received the 2016 National Role Model Administrator Award in Higher Education from Minority Access Inc. at the 17th annual National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1. He was nominated by Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and UT President Joe DiPietro.
“We are proud that Robert is being honored for the great work he does for our university as well as the nation’s larger research community,” Cheek said. Continue reading