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Chancellor’s Professors

Jeff BeckerJeff Becker

Jeffrey M. Becker is professor and head of the Department of Microbiology. Becker has trained more than thirty doctoral students who hold faculty or staff positions at many major institutions, has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles, and has been awarded grants for research from many national agencies. He holds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant in the thirty-third year of continuous funding, and has received a Research Career Development Award from NIH. Becker is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the NIH Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section, on the editorial board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and as associate editor of the journal Microbiology. Becker has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly, Merck, and Smith-Kline Beckman.

Joy DeSensiJoy T. DeSensi

Joy T. DeSensi, professor of exercise, sport, and leisure studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, is passionate about the sociocultural issues of sport and all aspects of diversity and ethics in sport management. A prolific researcher, she co-authored the book Ethics and Morality in Sport Management. She has served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport; the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education; the Southern Academy of Women in Physical Activity, Sport, and Health; and is a Founding Member of the North American Society for Sport Management.

William "Bill" FoxWilliam “Bill” Fox

William “Bill” Fox, the William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business and director of UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), is the leading national expert on Internet taxation and has extensive expertise in state tax policy, public finance (operations between government and private sectors), and fiscal federalism. He has served as a consultant on finance, taxation, and economic development in the United States and in developing countries including Rwanda, Egypt, and Jordan. He has worked with multinational organizations such as the World Bank in creating and revamping tax structures for foreign governments.

Charles GlissonCharles Glisson

Charles Glisson, Distinguished Professor of Social Work, finds ways to cut through red tape so that social and mental health services can be delivered to troubled children. As director of the Children’s Mental Health Services Center, he designs practical steps that improve child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health. He has been principal investigator on multiple major research projects concerned with children’s services funded by the National Institutes of Health and has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and served as a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research scientific review group.

Sally HornSally Horn

Sally Horn, professor of geography, examines global environmental change and human-environment interactions during the Quaternary period of Earth’s history, which began some 2.6 million years ago and includes the Ice Ages of the Pleistocene as well as the warmer Holocene epoch in which we live today. With students and other collaborators, she has studied the impacts of climate change and prehistoric and modern human activity on vegetation and landscapes of the Southeastern US, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic regions. Horn helped organize and now directs UT’s Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research.

Suzanne LenhartSuzanne Lenhart

Suzanne Lenhart is a professor of mathematics. Lenhart’s work in the field of mathematical biology has been used in devising drug strategies to treat HIV and making recommendations to change the chest pressure pattern in CPR. Her work also has been used to help combat environmental problems such as black bear population control, fishery maintenance, and control of the gypsy moth. Lenhart has received grants from the National Science Foundation almost continuously since 1985. She is associate director for education, outreach, and diversity at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She was the director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Department of Mathematics for fifteen years and is now the director of such a program for NIMBioS.

Beauvais LyonsBeauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons is the James R. Cox Professor of Art. Lyons is an expert in printmaking, contemporary art, art parody, mock documentation, and art censorship issues. His one-person exhibitions have been presented at more than sixty galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Lyons is well known for his “Hokes Archives,” creating mock academic projects in archaeology, medicine, folk art, and zoology. His prints are in numerous public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2002, and in 2003 and 2004 he served as president of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate.

Harry "Hap" McSweenHarry “Hap” McSween

Harry “Hap” McSween retired as head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2016. He studies meteorites and what they tell us about the formation and evolution of the solar system. He has worked with NASA on missions including the Mars Pathfinder program, the Mars Global Surveyor orbiter, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, and the Mars Exploration Rovers. He is a member of several advisory committees at the space agency, as well as at the National Research Council. He is a Leonard Medal winner from the Meteoritical Society and a fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A highly respected member of the UT faculty for more than thirty years, he is especially proud to be the namesake for asteroid 5223, “McSween.”

John T. MentzerJohn T. Mentzer

John T. “Tom” Mentzer, former professor of marketing and logistics in the College of Business Administration, was the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and Logistics until his death in 2010. Nationally recognized for his teaching, cutting edge research, and extensive publishing in the field of logistics and marketing, he also authored 190 papers and articles. The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of Business Logistics both honored him for his prolific writing. He also served as a consultant to more than 100 corporations and government agencies.
Professor Mentzer passed away on February 26, 2010. A tribute to Mentzer and his many contributions to the University of Tennessee appears in Tennessee Today.

George PharrGeorge Pharr

George Pharr is the McKamey Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and holds a dual UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointment. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, one of engineering’s highest honors. He is the director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials. He also has served as a faculty member for the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research. He gained national and international recognition as a leader in the areas of mechanical behavior of materials, nanoindentation, and thin film mechanical properties. He also was the 2010 winner of the Materials Research Society’s Innovation in Materials Characterization Award and the 2007 Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists.

Carol TenopirCarol Tenopir

Carol Tenopir, professor of information sciences in the College of Communication and Information, studies the ways the digital age affects how we retrieve and process information. She is director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies and director of research for the College of Communication and Information. A highly productive teacher and researcher, she has published and taught extensively about the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is the recipient of the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she has won the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the ASIST 2002 Research Award, the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 1993 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.

Lawrence TownsendLawrence Townsend

Lawrence Townsend is the Robert M. Condra Professor of Nuclear Engineering. Townsend’s work in space radiation protection and transport codes has been used by NASA’s Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) project team, part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, and by the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group. Townsend was a senior scientist and radiation expert at NASA before coming to UT, spending fifteen years as part of the space radiation protection research group at NASA Langley Research Center. He was elected fellow of the American Nuclear Society in 2005 and is a five-time faculty of the year winner in the Department of Nuclear Engineering.

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