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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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. Pryse  Second   2013   May 31, 2019
Vicky B. Gregg  Third   2012   May 31, 2018
Rhedona Rose  Fourth   2014   May 31, 2020
James L. Murphy III  Fifth   2003   May 31, 2015
Tommy G. Whittaker  Sixth   2011   May 31, 2017
Brad A. Lampley  Seventh   2013   May 31, 2018
Julia T. Wells  Eighth   2014   May 31, 2020
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, 2020
From Knox County      
  Charles C. Anderson, Jr. 2007   May 31, 2019
  Raja J. Jubran 2012   May 31, 2019
From Shelby County      
  Shannon A. Brown 2014   May 31, 2020
  William E. Evans 2014   May 31, 2020
From Weakley County      
  Crawford Gallimore 2008   May 31, 2020
Student Members      
  Jalen K. Blue 2015   May 31, 2016
  Miranda N. Rutan 2015   May 31, 2016
Faculty Members      
  Brian W. Donavant 2015   May 31, 2017
  David A. Golden 2014   May 31, 2016

Officers of the Board
Governor Bill Haslam, Chair
Raja J. Jubran, 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
Herb Byrd, III - Interim Vice President for Institute for Public Service
Anthony Haynes, BS, MPA - Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy
Katherine N. High, AB, MAT, EdD - Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Tonja Johnson, PhD - Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Rickey N. McCurry, JD – Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Programs
David E. Millhorn, BS, PhD - Executive Vice President and Vice President for Research
Catherine S. Mizell, BA, JD - General Counsel and Secretary
Charles M. Peccolo, Jr., BS, MAcc - Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Schwab, MD - Chancellor, UT Health Science Center
Robert M. Smith, PhD - Interim Chancellor, UT Martin


Jimmy G. Cheek, BS, MEd, PhD - Chancellor
Vincent Carilli, Vice Chancellor for Student Life
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 and Inclusion
Linda H. Harig, BS - Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Susan D. Martin, BA, MA, PhD - Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
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, Haslam College of Business
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
Melanie Wilson, 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
Dixie L. Thompson, 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
Melissa Shivers, BS, MEd, PhD - Dean of Students
Steven E. Smith, BA, MA, ML, PhD - Dean of University Libraries


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 $160 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 several graduate certificate programs. Almost 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.