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Campus Update for May 14

May 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

A Message from the Chancellor

Chancellor Donde Plowman encourages employees to take time to care for themselves so they’re able to care for others.

Crawford Named Next Vice Chancellor for Research

Deborah Crawford will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as vice chancellor for research beginning August 1, Chancellor Plowman announced this week. Crawford currently serves as vice president of research, innovation and economic impact at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Seventeen Students Named Fulbright Scholars

Seventeen UT students and recent graduates have been named Fulbright scholars and four others were named alternates, marking another top year for the university. UT has been named one of the nation’s top-producing Fulbright campuses for each of the past two years. In 2019, 17 students were offered awards; in 2020, 19 students received awards.

Advisory Board Recommends Zero Percent Tuition Increase

The Campus Advisory Board, which met remotely Wednesday, voted to recommend a zero-percent tuition increase for the 2020–21 academic year. Tuition is part of the budget recommendation that the advisory board will make to the UT System Board of Trustees when that body holds its annual meeting next month.

Provost’s Office Preparing Resources for Fall Instruction

The Office of the Provost is preparing a suite of resources to help faculty prepare for the fall semester, Provost David Manderscheid wrote in an email to faculty Wednesday. Additional needs will likely be identified by the Re-Imagining Fall Task Force, which will submit recommendations to the chancellor next week. Manderscheid also thanked faculty for their work through extreme challenges in the spring semester.

Federal Government Issues New Title IX Regulations

On May 6 the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued new regulations mandating how colleges and universities address cases under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program and activity. In a letter to campus Wednesday, Title IX Coordinator Ashley Blamey said her office is still reviewing the changes and will hold office hours and a virtual town hall over the summer to take questions and input from the campus community.

Tennessee Lags National Average in Census Response

A little more than half of Tennessee households have responded to the 2020 census, lagging slightly behind the national response rate, according to the Tennessee State Data Center, which is housed in the Haslam College of Business’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. The federal government has made some adjustments to the schedule because of the pandemic. The data center is tracking response trends, which could have a significant impact on redistricting and federal funding.

ORE Pauses Most SARIF Funding through August

The Office of Research and Engagement has paused most funding provided thorough its Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) through August and will not be accepting new applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. It will honor funding commitments already made. The decision comes amid the financial uncertainty prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s to the Class of 2020

While we can’t be together to celebrate the achievements of our graduates in person, we are no less proud of our newest alumni.

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