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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University of Tennessee


Ex-Officio Members

Governor, State of Tennessee
Commissioner of Education
Commissioner of Agriculture
President, The University of Tennessee
Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

From Congressional Districts District   Service Begins        Term Ends
J. Brian Ferguson First   2011   May 31, 2017
Sharon J. Miller Pryse  Second   2013   May 31, 2019
Vicky B. Gregg  Third   2012   May 31, 2018
Don C. Stansberry, Jr.  Fourth   2002   May 31, 2014
James L. Murphy III  Fifth   2003   May 31, 2015
Tommy G. Whittaker  Sixth   2011   May 31, 2017
Brad A. Lampley  Seventh   2013   May 31, 2019
Betty Ann Tanner  Eighth   2008   May 31, 2014
George E. Cates  Ninth   2007   May 31, 2019


From Anderson, Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, and Warren Counties
Service Begins          Term Ends
  Charles Wharton 2006   May 31, 2018
From Davidson County      
  Spruell Driver, Jr. 2005   May 31, 2017
From Hamilton County      
  John N. Foy 2008   May 31, 2014
From Knox County      
  Charles C. Anderson, Jr. 2007   May 31, 2019
  Raja J. Jubran 2012   May 31, 2019
From Shelby County      
  Karl Schledwitz  2005   May 31, 2014
  Monica Moore Hagler 2008   May 31, 2014
From Weakley County      
  Crawford Gallimore 2008   May 31, 2014
Student Members      
  Bonnie E. Lynch 2013   May 31, 2015
  Shalin Shah 2012   May 31, 2014
Faculty Members      
  Victoria S. Steinberg 2012   May 31, 2014
  Thaddeus A. Wilson 2013   May 31, 2015

Officers of the Board

Governor Bill Haslam, Chair
J. Brian Ferguson, Vice Chair



Joseph A. DiPietro, BS, MS, DVM - President
Steven Angle, BA, MS, PhD - Chancellor, UT Chattanooga
Larry Arrington, BS, MS, PhD - Chancellor, UT Institute of Agriculture
Anthony Haynes, BS, MPA - Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy
Linda Hendricks, BS - Vice President for Human Resources
Katherine N. High, AB, MAT, EdD - Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Sandy Jansen, BAcc, - Executive Director, Audit and Consulting Services
Mary Jinks, BS, MPS, EdD - Vice President of Public Service
David E. Millhorn, BS, PhD - Executive Vice President and Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Catherine S. Mizell, BA, JD - General Counsel and Secretary
Charles M. Peccolo, Jr., BS, MAcc - Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
James D. Perry, BS, MBA - Interim Chief Information Officer
Thomas Rakes, BS, MA, EdD - Chancellor, UT Martin
Theotis Robinson, Jr. - Vice President for Equity and Diversity
Steve Schwab, MD - Chancellor, Health Science Center
Lofton Stuart, BS - Executive Director, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association


Jimmy G. Cheek, BS, MEd, PhD - Chancellor
Chris Cimino, BA, MBA - Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Taylor Eighmy, BS, MS, PhD - Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
Rickey L. Hall, EdD - Vice Chancellor for Diversity
Susan D. Martin, BA, MA, PhD - Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Life
Robert Moore, Chief Operating Officer (UTSI)
Margie Nichols, BA - Vice Chancellor for Communications
Lee Patouillet, BA, MS, PhD - Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Alumni Officer
Scott Rabenold, BA, MBA - Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs
John Zomchick, - BA, MA, PhD - Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Caula A. Beyl, BA, MS, PhD - Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Scott Poole, BA, MArch - Dean, College of Architecture and Design
Theresa Lee, BS, PhD - Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Stephen L. Mangum, BS, MBA, PhD - Dean, College of Business Administration
Michael O. Wirth, BS, MA, PhD - Dean, College of Communication and Information
Robert Rider, BS, MAT, PhD - Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Wayne Davis, BS, MS, PhD - Dean, College of Engineering
Douglas A. Blaze, BS, JD - Dean, College of Law
Victoria Niederhauser, BSN, MSN, DrPH  - Dean, College of Nursing
Karen Sowers, BA, MSW, PhD - Dean, College of Social Work
James P. Thompson, BS, DVM - Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Carolyn R. Hodges, BA, MA, PhD - Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
James J. Neutens, PhD - Dean, Graduate School of Medicine
Tim Cross, BS, MS, PhD - Dean, UT Extension and University Outreach and Continuing Education
Steven E. Smith, BA, MA, ML, PhD - Dean of University Libraries
Maxine Thompson Davis, BA, MS, EdD - Dean of Students



Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is the land-grant institution of the State of Tennessee with its main campus in Knoxville. UT is the state’s largest and most comprehensive institution and is a Carnegie One Research Extensive Institution. The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone 404-679-4500) to award the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

As the state’s flagship institution, UT Knoxville ranks in the top tier of public research universities and attracts more than $130 million in research awards annually. Nationally ranked programs include supply chain management, nuclear engineering, printmaking, accounting, the master of business administration, law, and social work. The library also ranks as one of the nation’s best.

The University of Tennessee has a presence in each of the state’s 95 counties. In addition to the flagship campus at Knoxville, the UT system includes campuses at Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center at Memphis, and the Space Institute at Tullahoma. Statewide institutes of agriculture and public service have installations throughout Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees governs the statewide institution.

The University of Tennessee counts among its faculty and alumni a Nobel laureate, six Rhodes scholars, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, and eleven NASA astronauts. University of Tennessee alumni number more than 300,000.

A wide range of graduate programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees is available. The university offers 52 doctoral degrees, 77 master’s degrees, 2 educational specialists degrees, two professional programs, and 49 graduate certificate programs. More than 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled on and off campus under the tutelage of 1,500 faculty members.

Graduate programs bring together faculty and graduate students as a community of scholars with a common interest in creative work and advanced study. Programs are available to individuals desiring work toward the master’s and doctoral degrees or professional certification, those interested in continuing education for updating and broadening their knowledge, and those pursuing postdoctoral research. Serving the needs of students engaged full-time in intensive study and pursuit of a degree continues to be a major emphasis of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, graduate effort. Increasingly the university employs a variety of modes, traditional and nontraditional, in offering quality programs designed to serve a diverse student clientele.

Graduate programs are administered by the Graduate Council; the Graduate School; administrators of the various graduate programs; the faculty; and the graduate student body.

The Graduate Council is composed of elected faculty representatives from each college, the Space Institute, and the Graduate Student Association. Ex-officio members include the Dean of the Graduate School, the Chair of the Research Council, the Dean of Libraries, the Dean of Continuing Education, the Director of the Center for International Education, and the administrative officer having primary responsibility for the graduate curriculum in each college or school.

The Graduate Council is responsible for standards of admission, retention and graduation, and for curricular matters in graduate programs; the development of interdisciplinary programs; approval of new graduate programs; approval of individuals to direct doctoral dissertation research; financial support of graduate students; and all other matters of educational policy pertaining to graduate programs. Standing committees include academic policy, appeals, credentials, curriculum, professional development, and the Graduate Dean’s Group.

The Graduate School develops procedures to implement policies formulated by the council. Much of the day-to-day administration of graduate study is conducted by department heads or faculty advisors and committees responsible for particular programs. In addition to departmental units, numerous interdisciplinary programs, institutes and centers have been developed on campus and in locations throughout the state.

The graduate student body is composed of those persons admitted to graduate study upon recommendation of the academic unit, and who are currently enrolled in graduate programs. Graduate education has been conducted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, since 1821. The first master’s degree was awarded in 1827. Although a PhD degree was awarded in 1886 and in 1887, formal doctoral programs were not instituted until 1929 for biological sciences at Memphis and 1943 for chemistry on the Knoxville campus. A Committee on Graduate Study was appointed in 1904 and coordinated the graduate program until the Graduate Council was formed in 1949.