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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University of Tennessee


The University of Tennessee System has oversight for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and other UT campuses and institutes. The following links are for the System and the System President webpages.




The Board of Trustees http://trustees.tennessee.edu/ is the governing body of the University of Tennessee System of which, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the flagship campus. The Board is comprised of five ex-officio members (the Governor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Education, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and President of the University) and 21 members appointed by the Governor.




Joseph A. DiPietro, BS, MS, DVM - President
Steve Angle, BA, MS, PhD - Chancellor, UT Chattanooga
Tim Cross, BS, MS, PhD - Interim Chancellor, UT Institute of Agriculture
Herb Byrd, III - Vice President, Institute for Public Service
Anthony Haynes, BS, MPA - Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy
Linda H. Harig, BS - Vice President for Human Resources
Katherine N. High, AB, MAT, EdD - Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Tonja Johnson, BS, MS, PhD - Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Rickey N. McCurry, JD – Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Programs
James R. (Ron) Maples, - Interim Treasurer and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Les Mathews, BS, - Chief Information Officer
David E. Millhorn, BS, PhD - Executive Vice President and Vice President for Research
Catherine S. Mizell, BA, JD - General Counsel and Secretary
Steve Schwab, MD - Chancellor, UT Health Science Center
Robert M. Smith, PhD - Interim Chancellor, UT Martin


Beverly J. Davenport, BS, MS, 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
Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics
Lee Patouillet, BA, MS, PhD - Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Alumni Officer
Chip Bryant, BS, - Interim Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs
Jacob Rudolph, BS, BA, MA  - Interim Vice Chancellor for Communications
Matthew Theriot, BSW, MSSW, PhD - Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
John Zomchick, - BA, MA, PhD - Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor


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 M. 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, Tickle 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 55 doctoral degrees, 76 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.