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New Student Orientation

New student orientation for The David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education will be held on Wednesday, August 16th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Plant Biotechnology building, 2505 E. J. Chapman Drive in rooms 156/157. This location is at the west end of campus near the University Commons. Representative from several UT departments will be at the orientation to answer your questions.  Please RSVP for this event to Diane Booker ( by August 1st.  The David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education is looking forward to having you on campus with us this fall!

Take a Class with Chancellor Emeritus Cheek

This Fall, Dr. Jimmy Cheek, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus will be teaching Critical Issues in Higher Education (ELPS 695). The class will study contemporary issues in American Higher Education –a critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education. The class will be held on Monday evenings,  5:45 – 8:35p.

The course will cover critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional student’s issues; higher education expenditures, revenue, and student debt; issues in governance and administration of higher education as well as internal and external pressures on the institution and it’s leadership, administration and faculty; and an examination of the future of higher education.

Topics include student debt, tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, retention, graduation rate, throughput, diversity and inclusion, the first amendment rights, civility, access, experiential learning, student recruiting and careers. We will also examine issues related to community colleges and universities, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect, and the Complete College Tennessee Act.  Collegiate athletics will also be examined.


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Education Grad Student Claims Top Honors in UT’s First 3MT Competition

Vincent Price, a doctoral student in education, claimed the top prize during the final round of UT’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition held the week of April 10, 2017 as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.The competition challenged master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their thesis or dissertation to an audience unfamiliar with the topic. Students had three minutes to explain their research and could use only one image or slide.
Price’s presentation was titled “Not Only . . . But Also: Blending the Binary Approaches of Teaching Black Literature.”“My dissertation focuses on how high school English teachers teach black literature,” he said. He suggested that some teachers focus on broad themes, such as adolescence, adversity, and childhood, while others focus on cultural specifics, often comparing one black author’s work to another. 
Watch the finalists’ presentations here.

CEHHS Teacher Education Program Ranked Among Top Programs in the State

The College of Education, Health, and Human Science‘s (CEHHS) own Teacher Education program is among the top institutions in Tennessee according to the 2016 Teacher Preparation Report Card.  CEHHS’s program is meeting and exceeding state averages in eight out of the nine metrics by which the program is rated.

The program has recommended more than 3,600 graduates for teacher licensure in the past 15 years; teachers have rated 3 or higher out of a 1-5 rating during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 years; and CEHHS graduates include a 100 percent pass rate for content-knowledge Praxis exams, 93.8 percent retention rate after their first year teaching, and an average ACT score of 25.8.

But that’s not all that makes our program so great!  Read more about our ratings and thoughts from Susan Benner, Associate Dean of our college about this great rating!

Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture


On Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences will host the 2016 Billie Grace  Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.  The event will begin with a reception at 5:15 with lecture to follow at 6 P.M.  The event will be at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair site.

Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Johnnetta Cole. One of the most powerful and well-regarded African American women in the US, Cole has a way with making history. She was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first woman ever elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the first African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America. In over 40 years in education, she has also served two US Presidents in leadership roles.

Cole currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Since the mid-1980s, Cole has worked with a number of Smithsonian programs. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice, Cole has spearheaded breakthrough thinking about diversity, leadership for social and economic justice, and women’s issues.

An inspiring force, Cole rallies everyone to embrace diversity as not only a moral and social value, but as a compelling case for business. She encourages audiences to move beyond the status quo to fully take advantage of the innovative and profitable ideas that stem from a more diverse workforce, membership, and student body. As she notes, “How much better our world would be if each of us respected difference until difference doesn’t make any more difference?”

Goodrich Lecture Series Sponsors


Join the Graduate School of Education for their first panel of their Periscope Series on Wednesday, May 4th at 11 A.M.  The panel discussion will be focusing on current developments in various STEM fields and exciting projects going on in STEM at the University of Tennessee.  The goals of #TNTALKS periscope series is to make expert opinion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville accessible to Tennesseans and increase public awareness and engagement in issues that matter to Tennesseans.

You may also join the discussion on Twitter an interact with panel members with questions and comments.   #GSETNTALK   @GSE_TNTalks

Panel Members will include:

  • Kevin Tomsovic, CTI Professor
    Director of CURENT – an NSF/DOE
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Stella Sun
    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Tessa R. Calhoun
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee
  • Albrecht von Arnim, PhD.
    Department of Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee
  • Moderator: Mehmet Aydeniz, Associate Professor of Science Education

Benner Speaks Out About Appropriate Teacher Behavior

In today’s society, what is appropriate behavior for teachers regarding social media platforms? Susan Benner, Associate Dean, Professional Licensure and Director, Graduate School of Education, was consulted by WATE 6 for her expert opinion in light of the current story about inappropriate text messaging to students.Benner

Watch Susan Benner and hear her thoughts about the use of social media platforms in schools.

TPTE PhD Graduate Receives 2016 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Monica T. Billen, PhD student from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.  Billen, assistant professor in the Kremen School of Education at California State University, will be presented with the 2016 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award at their 68th annual meeting. Billen completed her dissertation, “#Learningtoteach: Using Instagram to Elicit Pre-service Teacher Reflection” under the advisement of Richard Allington in 2015.


Billen’s study investigated how using participant-driven images on Instagram influenced reflective expression among pre-service teachers during a yearlong internship.  Read more about Billen’s dissertation and research which has a widespread practical implementation in this EdPrepMatters blog.

2016 Graduate Student Advisory Board Graduate Research Colloquium

Please plan to attend the 12th Annual Graduate Student Advisory Board’s Research Colloquium on Friday, March 4th  from 9 am – 1 pm in the Frieson Black Cultural Center.

The day will begin with a light breakfast and end with the poster session and lunch. Feel free to come and go throughout the day. Door prizes will be provided from the academic departments.

Please encourage your graduate students to submit abstracts by the February 1st Deadline.

New for this year this year:

  • Shorter oral presentations (10 mins)
  • One afternoon poster session before lunch
  • Faculty spotlights from new professors in CEHHS

Hope to see you there!

Graduate Student Advisory Board-Research Colloquium Abstract Deadline

Graduate Student Advisory Board Colloquium Submission Deadline signThe College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Graduate Student Advisory Board will host their annual Research Colloquium on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the Frieson Black Cultural Center.  The event will last from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and submitted electronically by 5:00 P.M. on February 1, 2016.  Members of the advisory board will conduct a blind review to determine oral and poster presenters.

More information is available at Graduate Student Research Colloquium.


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