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October/November edition of NCURA Magazine.

Webster’s article,”Failing to Succeed in Research Administration”, examines productive failure and how it can apply to research administration. This includes fostering a productive work environment that acknowledges the value of mistakes, as well as being proactive and positive about your own career development. Webster shows that both supervisors and administrators, experienced and new, are responsible for this work culture. “The concept behind productive failure is simple: We learn from our mistakes. Acknowledge your mistakes, but don’t dwell on them.[To be successful in the field of research administration], don’t become part of a ‘culture of denial’.”

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) is an organization of individuals with professional interests in the administration of sponsored programs, primarily at colleges and universities. NCURA magazine is published six times a year.

UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Wirth Named American Nuclear Society Fellow

Brian Wirth, the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the group’s highest honor.

ANS President Robert Coward said that the recognition is in response to Wirth’s “advancement of nuclear science and technology through the years.” He received the award Monday during the ANS winter conference in Washington, DC.

“Brian is a foremost expert on nuclear fuels and materials, and this acknowledges and solidifies that,” said Wes Hines, head of UT’s nuclear engineering department and the Charles P. Postelle Distinguished Professor in Nuclear Engineering.

Karen Sullivan-Vance is New Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Karen Sullivan-Vance is the new associate vice provost for student success.

In this role, she will provide campus-level oversight of the university’s centralized student success units, including the Student Success Center, First-Year Studies, the Educational Advancement Program, and the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. She also will work closely with the Academic Advising Leadership Group, the vice provost for academic affairs, and the vice provost for enrollment management in promoting a campus culture that supports student success.

Neal Named Accounting and Information Management Department Head

Terry L. Neal, Richard L. Townsend Distinguished Professor, has been named head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

“Terry has been serving very ably as interim department head for several months, with excellent support from Anita Hollander, the assistant department head, and the support of AIM faculty and staff,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.

Neal, who has been a member of the faculty in the department for the past 15 years, also is an alumnus of the department’s Ph.D. program. He served as Ph.D. director for 12 years, has taught courses at all levels of instruction and produces research for leading publications.

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  • Law Professor Douglas A. Blaze recently received the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
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  • Anton Reece, executive director of the Student Success Center, has been named associate vice provost and director of the Student Success Center. His promotion comes as part of a larger reorganization of Student Success. Associate Provost Ruth Darling announced the changes and said the restructuring “embraces our current strategies and successes, best practices in student success, and the recommendations made in Vol Vision 2020.”