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Much of the work of the Faculty Senate happens in committees. If you have an issue or concern in a particular area, seek out the chair or a member of the relevant committee. You will find committee descriptions and membership in the drop-down sections below. Click here for a PDF version of the Faculty Committees.


The jurisdiction of the Appeals Committee includes complaints regarding violations of due process and fairness in tenure or promotion decisions, annual and cumulative performance reviews, and violations of provisions contained in the Faculty Handbook, the Manual for Faculty Evaluation, and collegiate and departmental bylaws. The Appeals Committee also engages in other activities relating to faculty grievances, disputes, performance, and employment as set forth in the Faculty Handbook.

1. Martin Griffin, Chair
2. Reza Abedi
3. Jennifer Akerman
4. Brad Areheart
5. Ann Berry
6. Monica Black
7. Guoxun Chen
8. Harry Dahms
9. George Dodds
10. Neal Eash
11. Jessica Hay
12. Luiz Lima
13. Madhu S. Madhukar
14. Merilee McCurdy
15. Darryl Millis
16. Adam Taylor
17. Phyllis Thompson
18. Courtney Wright

This committee handles academic aspects of intercollegiate athletics as well as the intramural athletics program. It may also concern itself with any other athletics matters that the committee deems appropriate and that lie within the purview of the Faculty Senate.

1. James Williams, Co-Chair
2. Bonnie Ownley, Co-Chair
3. Teresa Abrams
4. Sarah Huff Burnley
5. James Chyz
6. Andrew Donovan (ex officio)
7. Philip Fulmer (ex officio)
8. Matt Harris
9. Jon Hathaway
10. Katey Locke (ex officio)
11. Gregory Kaplan
12. Harrison Meadows
13. Robin Nicks
14. Chris Parigger
15. Joe Scogin (ex officio)
16. Rachelle Scott
17. Aaron Smith
18. Sylvia Trendafilova
19. John Zomchick (ex officio)
20. Student Athlete (ex officio)
21. Student Athlete (ex officio)

The Benefits and Professional Development Committee has a number of tasks:

(1) suggesting administrative actions that would permit and encourage professional development and monitoring and evaluating the resulting actions and programs;

(2) initiating activities to facilitate the development of faculty members as professionals and monitoring and evaluating these activities and resulting programs;

(3) developing a policy of professional leave (sabbatical leave) and monitoring
the resulting program;

(4) enhancing and expanding international teaching and research opportunities for faculty and strengthening opportunities for participation of scholars and artists from outside the U.S.;

(5) examining, clarifying, and making recommendations to the Faculty Senate on issues and concern on retirement, leave, faculty welfare, insurance, and fringe benefits;

(6) cooperating with task forces, councils, and committees addressing similar concerns on other higher education campuses in Tennessee;

(7) receiving representation from and providing representation to any other Faculty Senate, campus, or university task force, council, or committee addressing issues directly related to faculty and staff development or benefits.

When appropriate, the Benefits and Professional Development Committee  cooperates with other Faculty Senate committees on base salary and other issues that are related to faculty benefits.

1. Stephanie Madison, Chair
2. Brad Case
3. Jeremy Chandler
4. Lt. Col. Tony Estep
5. Kyung Joon Han
6. Elena Shpak
7. Liz Teston
8. Forbes Walker
9. Edward Yu

The duties of the Budget and Planning Committee are:

(1) to provide for campuswide faculty input into the campus budgeting processes;

(2) to work with the University/System Relations Committee to monitor The University of Tennessee system budget;

(3) to encourage the use of faculty expertise in budget matters; and

(4) to inform the faculty, through the Faculty Senate, concerning budget matters.

Both long-range and short-term aspects of its role will receive the committee’s attention, including budget priorities, THEC formulas, and planning for projects of The University of Tennessee or other entities that may eventually result in changes to campus facilities. The primary concerns of the Budget and Planning Committee are policy and communication. The Budget and Planning Committee is not expected to become involved with, nor engaged in, comprehensive investigations necessary as a basis for budget decisions.

1. Ken Baker, Co-Chair
2. Tamah Fridman, Co-Chair
3. Cristina Barroso
4. Chris Cimino (ex officio)
5. Phillip Daves
6. Lisa Driscoll
7. Kellie Fecteau
8. Michael Gelantalis
9. Lou Gross (at will)
10. David Horton (for E. Schussler)
11. Eric Lukosi
12. Alexandre Rodrigues

The charge of the committee is to actively support diversity and inclusion at UTK.

1. Joel Anderson, Co-Chair
2. Michelle Violanti, Co-Chair
3. Samereh Abdoli
4. Stefanie Benjamin
5. Jason Brown
6. Nadia Fomin
7. Freida Herron
8. Lisa Merritt
9. Solange Munoz
10. Lori Amber Roessner
11. Laura Trujillo-Mejía
12. Richard Wood

The Executive Council shall represent the Faculty Senate as needed in meetings with the administration and other groups, shall handle necessary business on an emergency and interim basis between Faculty Senate meetings (including matters that may arise after the last scheduled Faculty Senate meeting in the spring and
before the first scheduled Faculty Senate meeting in the fall, during which time a quorum will be seven members of the Executive Council including the Faculty Senate President), shall recommend and review assignments to other councils and committees, and shall establish ad hoc councils and committees on behalf of itself or as directed by the Faculty Senate.

The Executive Council shall concern itself with the formulation and review of the long-range and short-range educational policies of the campuses as represented by the monetary allocations made in the budget.

1. Shawn Spurgeon, Chair
2. , Pres. Elect
3. Gary Skolits, Past Pres.
4. Millie Gimmel, Sec.
5. Ernest Bernard, Parl.
6. Rob Spirko, Comm. Off.
7. Joel Anderson
8. Ken Baker
9. Amy Broemmel
10. Rachel Caldwell
11. Chris Cimino (ex officio)
12. Martin Griffin
13. Julia Jaekel
14. Cheryl Kojima
15. Anne Langendorfer
16. Beauvais Lyons
17. Bruce MacLennan
18. Stephanie Madison
19. Audris Mockus
20. Bonnie Ownley
21. David Patterson
22. James Williams
23. John Zomchick (ex officio)

The Faculty Affairs Committee concerns itself with the adoption and amendment of faculty governance policies and rules, including the development and refinement of criteria and procedures for faculty appointment, promotion, retention, evaluation, the granting of tenure, retirement, and discharge for cause.

The Faculty Affairs Committee is responsible for reviewing proposed revisions and recommending changes to the Faculty Handbook in accordance with the amendments procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook, and for reviewing proposed revisions and recommending changes to the Manual for Faculty Evaluation in accordance with the amendments procedures set forth in the Manual for Faculty Evaluation. The activities of the Faculty Affairs Committee shall be conducted at all times in a manner consistent with the Trustees’ Policies Governing Academic Freedom, Responsibility, and Tenure, as the same may be amended from time to
time, and shall be guided by faculty governance best practices in higher education, including especially those identified and promoted by the American Association of University Professors.

1. Beauvais Lyons, Chair
2. Julie Andsager (alt.)
3. Thomas Berg
4. Cheryl Greenacre
5. Justin Jia
6. Brian Krumm
7. Elizabeth MacTavish (alt.)
8. Mary McAlpin
9. Kai Sun
10. Jessica Westerhold

The Graduate Council establishes standards for graduate admission, retention, and graduation; assesses curricular revisions and new proposals for graduate programs; evaluates interdisciplinary, intercollegiate and international programs; approves individuals to direct doctoral dissertations; and considers new initiatives and other matters of policy pertaining to graduate programs. Its structure and activities are governed by its Bylaws, which are adopted and amended by the membership of the Graduate Council and include rules consistent with these Bylaws.

1. Amy Broemmel, Chair
2. Stefanie Ohnesorg, Chair Elect
3. Khalid Alshibli (Tickle COE)
4. Katherine Ambroziak (ex officio)
5. David Anderson (ex officio)
6. Patricia Bamwine (CSW)
7. Teri Baxter (Law)
8. Bruce Behn (ex officio)
9. Eric Boder (Tickle COE)
10. Julie Bonom (CON)
11. Austin Boyd (GSS)
12. Sara Bradberry (ex officio)
13. Ernest Brothers (ex officio)
14. Scott Cantrell (ex officio)
15. Catherine Cox (ex officio)
16. Sherry Cummings (ex officio)
17. Paul Dittman (Halam COB)
18. Lars Dzikus (EHHS)
19. Lannett Edwards (Herbert COA)
20. Kivanc Ekici (Tickle COE)
21. Jeffrey Fairbrother (ex officio)
22. Luis Finotti (A&S)
23. Rachel Fleming-May (CCI)
24. Martin Griffin (A&S)
25. Hong Guo (A&S)
26. Shahram Hesari (GSS)
27. Kelly Hewett (Haslam COB)
28. Melissa Hines (CVM)
29. Sadie Hutson (ex officio)
30. Stephen Kania (ex officio)
31. Gregory Kaplan (A&S)
32. Ozlem Kilic (ex officio)
33. Yvonne Kilpatrick (ex officio)
34. Lisa King (A&S)
35. Mike Kotowski (CCI)
36. Virginia Kupritz (ex officio)
37. India Lane (ex officio)
38. Maik Lang (Tickle COE)
39. Jeanie Lim (CEHHS)
40. Jaan Männik (A&S)
41. Regina Mays (ex officio)
42. Holly Mercer (ex officio)
43. Laurie Meschke (EHHS)
44. Mitsunori Misawa (CEHHS)
45. Mohammed Mohsin (Haslam COB)
46. Todd Moore (ex officio)
47. Diana Moyer (ex officio)
48. Charles Noble (ex officio)
49. Chika Okafor (CVM)
50. Gregory Peterson (Tickle COE)
51. Nathan Preuss (Law)
52. Avigail Sachs (A&D)
53. John Stier (ex officio)
54. Dixie Thompson (ex officio)
55. Phyllis Thompson (CSW)
56. Hwa-Chain Wang (Comp&Exp Med)
57. Martina Ward (CSW)
58. Feng-Yuan Zhang (UTSI)

Duties of the Library and Information Technology Committee include:

(1) identifying, reviewing, and recommending information technology policies;

(2) representing the Faculty Senate on key university committees that address information technology;

(3) reporting to the Faculty Senate on key information technology issues and developments that affect the campus; and

(4) ensuring that library services and collections meet the teaching, research, and public service needs of the campus communities with particular focus on library policies and procedures that facilitate use of resources.

1.  Rachel Caldwell, Chair
2.  Robin Bedenbaugh
3.  Michelle Brannen
4.  Mark Collins
5.  Karen Franck
6.  Asafa Jalata
7.  Jacob Latham
8.  Scott Mackenzie
9.  Joel Reeves (ex officio)
10. Steve Smith (ex officio)
11. Rob Spirko
12. Dan Wang
13. GSS
14. SGA

It shall be the duty of the Committee on Nominations and Appointments to recommend faculty members and chairpersons of all standing and special councils and committees of the Faculty Senate, except that the chairpersons of the Executive Council, this Committee on Nominations and Appointments, the Undergraduate Council, and the Graduate Council shall be nominated as set forth in the bylaws.

The Faculty Senate President shall retain responsibility for all nominations of faculty to administrative committees and other bodies. This Committee on Nominations and Appointments shall also recruit two nominees for Faculty Senate President-Elect every year and two nominees for the campus representative to the University Faculty Council in the spring semester of every third year.  

1. , Chair
2. Ann Allgood Berry (UTIA-AG)
3. Liz Teston (Arch & Des)
4. Harrison Meadows (A & S-Hum)
5. Soren Sorenson (A & S-N. S.)
6. Solange Munoz (A & S-S. S.)
7. Phillip Daves (Haslam COB)
8. Candace White (Com. & Info)
9. Lisa Driscoll (Co-Cacus CEHHS)
10. Elizabeth MacTavish (Co-Cacus CEHHS)
11. Qiang He (Engineering)
12. Rebecca Kite (Law)
13. Rachell Caldwell (Libraries)
14. Joel Anderson (Nursing)
15. Lt. Col. Tony Estep
16. Phyllis Thompson (Social Work)
17. Reza Abedi (UTSI)
18. Cheryl Greenacre (Vet Med)

The Non-Tenure-Track Issues Committee shall concern itself with policies and issues regarding non-tenure-track faculty, including, but not limited to, the development and refinement of criteria and procedures for non-tenure-track faculty appointment, compensation, benefits, promotion, retention, evaluation, shared governance, retirement, and termination.

The Non-Tenure-Track Issues Committee is responsible for reviewing proposed revisions and recommending changes to the Faculty Handbook that affect non-tenure-track faculty in accordance with the amendments and procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook, as well as for reviewing proposed revisions and  recommending changes that affect nontenure-track faculty to the Manual for Faculty Evaluation in accordance with the amendments procedures set forth in the Manual for Faculty Evaluation. In order to ensure representation of non-tenure-track faculty interests, the Non-Tenure-Track Issues Committee will work with other committees such as, but not limited to, the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Benefits and Professional Development Committee.

1.  Anne Langendorfer, Co-Chair
2.  Mark Stanley, Co-Chair
3.  David Alley
4.  Eva Cowell
5.  Anne Ho
6.  Jennifer Jordan
7.  Rebecca Kite
8.  Vikki Meloy
9.  Rossy Toledo
10. Robert Sauveur

The Research Council acts as an advisory body to the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Research Council shall promote excellence in research, scholarship,and other creative activity through the study and recommendation of policies. The Research Council shall initiate and support efforts to communicate an understanding of and appreciation for research, scholarship, and other creative activity to the campus community and the community at large. The Research Council coadministers some programs of the Office of Research, as requested by the Vice Chancellor for Research or the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Areas of concern include research incentives and support, intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research activities, compliance with State, federal and university regulations governing the conduct of research, rights to and commercialization of intellectual property, the broad range of research infrastructure including all forms of telecommunications and computational support, and other research-related resources. Further, the Research Council shall concern itself with the institutional policy on research grants and funding, with copyright and patent policy, with protection of investigators, with the protection of human subjects of research, with the protection of experimental animals, and with policies affecting compliance of research activities with environmental and occupational health and safety requirements. Further, the Research Council shall encourage publications and the development of specialized research facilities for intercollegiate and/or interdisciplinary uses in accordance with any other policies pertaining to research programs. The Research Council shall also encourage media releases of research successes of UTK, UTIA, and UTSI researchers. When appropriate, the Research Council shall report its actions for approval to the Faculty Senate.

1.  Julia Jaekel, Chair
2.  Suzie Allard (ex officio)
3.  Katherine Ambroziak (ex officio)
4.  David Anderson (ex officio)
5.  Ernest Brothers (ex officio)
6.  Mike Buschermohle (ex officio)
7.  Erin Chapin (ORE)
8.  Deborah Crawford (ex officio)
9.  Dallas Donohoe
10. Bill Dunne (ex officio)
11. Yuri Efremenko
12. Yanfei Gao
13. Qiang He
14. Michael Higdon (ex officio)
15. David Icove
16. Steve Kania (ex officio)
17. Bruce LaMattina (ex officio)
18. Xueping Li
19. Brian Long
20. Vasileios Maroulas
21. Larry McKay (ex officio)
22. Holly Mercer (ex officio)
23. Jean Mercer (ORE)
24. Charles Noble (ex officio)
25. Bill Nugent (ex officio)
26. Tore Olsson
27. Stephen Paddison
28. Josh Price (ex officio)
29. Sarah Pruett (ORE)
30. Hollie Raynor (ex officio)
31. Lisi Schoenbach
32. Soren Sorensen
33. Andrew Steiner
34. Renee Thomas (ORE)
35. Jon Wall (ex officio)
36. David G. White (ex officio)
37. Tami Wyatt (ex officio)
38. GSS
39. GSS

The Teaching and Learning Council is a committee of the Faculty Senate that works to advance excellence in teaching and academic advising at UTK. Areas of concern for the Teaching and Learning Council include incentives for recognizing quality instruction and advising, methods for improving instruction at a campus and departmental level, and guidelines for routine and disciplinary evaluation of teaching, academic advising, and curriculum. For example, the Teaching and Learning Council examines policy issues related to teaching on the campuses and works with the chief academic officer to recognize excellence in teaching and advising. The Teaching and Learning Council works with Teaching and Learning Innovation to run a yearly campus-wide program that involves faculty and staff in addressing issues central to improving instruction and advising. The Teaching and Learning Council works with both the Graduate School and Teaching and Learning Innovation to develop practical means of improving and rewarding instruction and advising on campus.

1.  Gary Skolits, Co-Chair
2.  Audris Mockus, Co-Chair
3.  Justin Arft
4.  Tracy Brewer
5.  Earnest Brothers (ex officio)
6.  Michael Gilchrist
7.  Theresa Hopkins
8.  Bernard Issa
9.  William Jennings
10. Karen Jones
11. Karen Lasater
12. Karen McCormick
13. Mark Moon
14. Elizabeth Pemberton (ex officio)
15. Doug Renalds (ex officio)
16. Angela Rollins
17. Mia Romano
18. Zhili Zhang
19. GSS
20. GSS
21. GSS
22. SGA
23. SGA
24. SGA
25. Replacement for Matthew Theriot

The Undergraduate Council shall concern itself with standards for admission, retention, and graduation; with curricular matters in the undergraduate programs;
with the development of interdisciplinary programs; with the approval of new programs and any other matters of educational policy pertaining to undergraduate
programs. Its structure and activities are governed by its Operating Guidelines, which are adopted and amended by the membership of the Undergraduate Council
and include rules consistent with the Senate Bylaws.

1.  Cheryl Kojima, Chair
2.  Joanne Devlin, Vice Chair
3.  Anthony Welch, Past Chair
4.  Kari Alldredge (ex officio)
5.  Brian Ambroziak (Arch&Des)
6.  Katherine Ambroziak (ex officio)
7.  Noah Anderson (SGA)
8.  Ken Baker (Haslam COB)
9.  Mark Barker (Tickle COE)
10. John Bell (Haslam COB)
11. Richard Bennett (Tickle COE)
12. Robyn Blakeman (CCI)
13. Alison Buchan (A&S)
14. Lisa Byrd (ex officio)
15. Phillip Clark (SGA)
16. Jamie Coble (Tickle COE)
17. Sarah Colby (CEHHS)
18. Chuck Collins (ex officio)
19. Kim Denton (CSW)
20. George Drinnon (ex officio)
21. Jeff Fairbrother (ex officio)
22. Erin Hardin (A&S)
23. Justin Howe (ex officio)
24. Anne Hulse (ex officio)
25. Sadie Hutson (ex officio)
26. Ronald Kalafsky (ex officio)
27. Ozlem Kilic (ex officio)
28. Virginia Kupritz (ex officio)
29. Chris Lavan (ex officio)
30. Yuanyang Liu (Haslam COB)
31. Chris Magra (A&S)
32. Lindsay Mahony (Haslam COB)
33. Harrison Meadows (A&S)
34. Robert Mindrup (ex officio)
35. Barbara Murphy (ex officio)
36. Christine Nattrass (A&S)
37. Yujeong Park (CEHHS)
38. Charlie Parker (Herbert COA)
39. Devendra Potnis (CCI)
40. Andy Puckett (Haslam COB)
41. Kylee Robinson (SGA)
42. Jonah Schoenike (SGA)
43. Urmila Seshagiri (A&S)
44. Shawn Spurgeon (ex officio)
45. John Stier (ex officio)
46. Phillip Stokes (A&S)
47. Anna Szynkiewicz (A&S)
48. Kathleen Thompson (CON)
49. Teresa Walker (ex officio)
50. Amanda Warren (Haslam COB)
51. Josh Weinhandl (CEHHS)
52. Emma Willcox (Herbert COA)

The University/System Relations Committee will provide for faculty input (1) into activities of The University of Tennessee system, including Research, ORNL, Information Technology, and the Cherokee Campus and (2) with the Board of Trustees and the Tennessee legislature. The University/System Relations Committee shall work with the Budget and Planning Committee to monitor The University of Tennessee system budget.

1.  David Patterson, Chair
2.  Douglas Aaron
3.  David Ader
4.  Sherry Cox
5.  Elyssa Gould
6.  Nora Vines
7.  Lisa Washburn
8.  Candace White