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Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences is seeking graduate/professional students to represent our college at the Three-Minute Thesis competition to be held during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 2 – 6, 2018.  Competitors have three minutes and a single slide to communicate their research to a lay audience. More details about eligibility, rules, and the format of the competition can be found here.

To apply, students need to submit the following:

  1. A copy of their slide
  2. A 250 word abstract of their presentation
  3. A 3-minute video clip of their presentation

These materials must be submitted via email to Kayla Whitt ( in formats that are compatible with review on a PC compatible computer running Microsoft Office programs. Deadline for submission is January 12, 2018 at 9:00am. Students who are selected to represent our college in the semifinal round will be notified no later than January 19, 2018.


2018 Graduate Student Colloquium

Hey Bailey Graduate School students, have you been diligently working on gathering research and would like an opportunity to present it in a conference setting?  Then this event is for you!2017 colloquium presenters

The 2018 Graduate Student Colloquium is coming soon!  Participants for this event are selected by the 2017-18 Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory board so submit your abstract now.  Deadline is January 17, 2018.  The event will be held on March 2, 2018.

More details about the event, how to submit an abstract, helpful layout templates, etc. are available here. 

This is a great opportunity to showcase your research as a graduate student in the David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education.

Cultural Competency Training Contract Approved by Knox County Schools

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences realizes the disproportions occurring in academic achievement and discipline in Knox County Schools.  This realization is a necessary step to eliminating systemic challenges in the achievement gap and implicit bias which occurs.

Two of our faculty, Chonika Coleman-King and Jud Laughter of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, are well aware of these issues. In response, they have developed a multi-year plan to address the various categories of diversity, implicit bias, identity, culturally relevant pedagogy and family engagement. This plan will breach up to five years to assist with sustainability efforts.  The commitment and proximity of these faculty will allow for collaboration with local administrators to assess and hone their services over the course of the project to ensure the plans effectiveness.  The first stage will include a series of workshops for all Knox County employees.  During the second stage, Cultural Competence Learning Committees will be formed to develop Sustainability Plans and will include a schedule of support for these employees as they work with their schools in planning professional development opportunities.

On Monday, December 11th, the University of Tennessee’s contract for Cultural Competency training was approved and passed unanimously.  Training will begin in 2018.

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Annual Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture

On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences will host the 2017 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.  The event is at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  Event starts at 5:15 P.M. with a reception and lecture follows at 6 P.M.

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Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, I’m Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation. She is married to Peter Edelman, a Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

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Bailey Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Lounge Opens

The new Bailey Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Lounge is open for graduate student use.  Located within the CMC (Curriculum Materials Center, A401 BEC), the lounge is set up as a relaxed and comfortable environment for small group meetings, study sessions, or meetings with your professor.  The lounge will accommodate a maximum of 8 comfortably.  There is also a multimedia projector and screen available and can be requested at time of reservation.  It is not intended to be used as a classroom.

This room is available for reservation through the CMC.  Reservations can be made by phone to 865-974-8143 or by stopping by the center.  This room is also available for evening groups or meetings.  Due to the location, you will need to stop by during regular business hours to sign out a key just as you do equipment in the ISC, and arrangements must be made to return it by 10 A.M. the next business day.  You are allowed to do repetitive reservations for weekly semester meetings.  We will, upon return of the key, inspect the room and prepare it for the next reservation. Misuse of the room by trashing it or causing damage from food, drink, or abuse will result in a denial of further reservations.  As there are materials also accessible via the pathway to the lounge, we ask that you treat the area with respect and security to ensure none of our materials are tampered with or stolen.  We ask that you also keep the main door to the CMC closed while the room is in use to avoid unauthorized access.  Failure to adhere to these policies will result in cancelation or denial of further reservations of the area.


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Bailey GSE Holds Orientation

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education held its annual Graduate Student Welcome and Orientation session on Wednesday, August 16th in the Plant Biotechnology Building.

The session included representatives from One Stop, UTK Libraries, The LGBTQ/Pride Center, Visit Knoxville & a student panel for questions and answers about their graduate school experiences.  Attendees were informed of all resources offered by the different organizations or locations to make their graduate program and transition a smooth process.

Afterwards, representatives from these organizations were available throughout the lobby offering information about their resources.  Assistance ranged from parking maps to public safety to recreational sports offered by the different organizations.

Information was available from:

  • Graduate Student Senate
  • Institutional Review Board
  • LGBTQ/Pride Center
  • Parking & Transit Services
  • Multicultural Graduate Student Organization
  • Office of Disability Services
  • One Stop
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • RecSports
  • UT Health
  • UT Outdoor
  • Visit Knoxville

  • You can check out more photos from the event here.

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    David T. Bailey, Dedicated College Supporter, Passes

    David T. Bailey, Knoxville businessman, generous supporter, and dear friend passed away early the morning of August 7th, 2017.  He was 90.

    Bailey, who lived in Knoxville, is the largest supporter of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  In recognition of his generosity and commitment to the preparation of teachers, The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted to name the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for David T. Bailey at their March meeting.  He has provided financial support for the college and scholarships for future educators to help them make a difference in the lives of students in Knoxville and across the state.

    Bob Rider, dean of the college said, “His dedication to our teacher education students, and in turn to the thousands of children whose lives they will touch, is beyond reproach. Mr. Bailey’s name will forever be etched on the walls of our graduate school and in the minds and hearts of the many students who will benefit from his philanthropy.”

    Bailey is a 1950 alumnus of UT’s Haslam College of Business and played for the Volunteer football and golf teams during his time on Rocky Top. He became a successful business executive and a benefactor to the university and the community.

    “The impact of opportunities afforded to students and faculty of our renamed graduate school as a result of Mr. Bailey’s generosity will ripple through their lives and the lives of those with whom they work throughout their careers as educators,” said Susan Benner, associate dean of the college and director of the graduate school.

    In 2007, the Claxton Addition wing of the college’s Claxton Education Building was renamed the Jane and David Bailey Education Complex in honor of Bailey and his wife.

    Bailey’s consistent education-focused generosity leaves a rich legacy to honor this deserving man.  Our thoughts are with his family.

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    GSE Hosted Samuel Odom for the Bailey Lecture Series

    The David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education located in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) hosted the Bailey Graduate School of Education Lecture Series on Thursday, October 11 in the UT Visitor’s Center.  Guest speaker for this year’s event was Samuel L. Odom, of Chapel Hill and San Diego State University; a CEHHS three time graduate and well-known for his work in early childhood education and autism.

    Odom’s topic, “Running With the Wolves in Special Education: Reflections on the Field and a Career” focused on the remarkable evolution of the field of special education and services for children and youth with disabilities over the past half century.  He also discussed the importance of conducting school-based research that supplies evidence for effective practices and educational policy and the future direction for the field of Special Education.

    Odom was also honored at the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Recognition Ceremony prior to the reception and lecture.  He was recognized as an “Outstanding Alumnus” for his work in Special Education.


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