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Advisory Groups

Each year, some of our most respected faculty, staff, and students serve on standing committees to advise on important campus issues. These groups are an integral part of management, leadership, and policymaking for the entire university. The individuals who have accepted membership are tireless leaders whose thoughtful work and commitments of time and caring are especially significant.

Below are descriptions of the groups and links to more information, including committee membership. These groups are available to you and open to hearing your ideas, thoughts, and concerns.

Academic Outreach and Engagement Council

Advises and advocates for policies and practices that promote excellence in outreach through integrated scholarship. This goal engages the institution’s academic missions of research, creativity, teaching, and service within the community. The council also coordinates, promotes, and disseminates information regarding academic outreach activities and presides over the nomination and selection of the Chancellor’s Academic Outreach award that recognizes extraordinary contributions of faculty to the public.

Chancellor’s Associates

Enhances greater public understanding and support between the university and the greater Knoxville community.

Commission for Blacks

Recommends changes in or additions to university policies and procedures to reflect concerns specific to blacks. The group also makes suggestions for new and existing academic and extracurricular programs related to blacks; encourages research to identify the problems and progress of blacks on campus; and encourages black faculty, staff, and student involvement in all aspects of campus life.

Commission for Disability

Advocates and provides support for persons with disabilities beyond traditional ADA accommodations. Seeks to create opportunities for individuals to share their experiences with disability on campus and elsewhere. Provides education about disabilities in general.

Commission for LGBT People

Plans, evaluates, and carries out university programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people on campus. The commission also serves as an advocacy group committed to the protection and advancement of LGBT students, faculty, and staff.

Commission for Women

Plans, implements, and evaluates university programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of women on the Knoxville campus. The group is charged with recommending new and existing academic, professional development, and extracurricular programs; encouraging research to assess the status of women at UT; and keeping the community informed on programs related to women.

Committee on the Campus Environment

Advises on improving the physical environment of the campus to ensure that environmentally sustainable principles are used in design, construction, operation, and maintenance decisions and practices at UT. They also aim to increase the day-to-day environmental awareness and knowledge of students, faculty, and staff.

Council for Diversity and Interculturalism

Advises the campus administration on creating and sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus climate to all groups. Council goals include attracting and retaining faculty and staff from under-represented populations; attracting, retaining, and graduating students from historically under-represented populations and international students; and ensuring that undergraduate curricular requirements include significant intercultural perspectives.

Residency Classification Committee

Makes recommendations on appeals to residency classification decisions.

Student Life Council

Reviews decisions of the Student Tribunal and decisions of the Academic Review Boards (except a board’s decision to support the instructor in a student’s appeal of a professorial penalty), and appeals filed by the Dean of Students of any board’s decision.

Student Media Board

Develops policies and selects editors for campus student publications including the Daily Beacon newspaper, the Volunteer yearbook, and Phoenix literary art magazine.

Technology Advisory Board

Advises the Office of Information Technology on implementation and expenditure of student fees for technology. The group also develops and monitors technology guidelines, solicits input from campus constituencies, monitors progress of collections and expenditures, and reviews technology trends and their impact on UT’s plan.

Traffic and Parking Authority Committee

Prepares traffic, parking, and safety regulations to prevent or correct traffic and parking problems on campus and to improve traffic-pedestrian safety. The group also establishes the schedule of parking fees and parking facility maintenance, and develops more options for students, faculty, and staff to travel to and from campus by means other than personal automobiles.

University Calendar Committee

Sets key academic and other major university dates and deadlines.

University Space and Renovations Committee

Appointed by and is advisory to the senior vice chancellor for finance and administration in the following areas:

    1. Planning utilization of all UT space (building and property), including the operation and maintenance of a space management information system.
    2. Assignment or reassignment of UT space.
    3. Reviewing all proposals for alterations, improvements and renovations to UT facilities and recommending spending plans.
    4. Initiation of new major construction planning.
    5. Reviewing all proposals on new construction of UT buildings and recommending funding.
    6. Reviewing elements of University Master Plan that are of interest to UT.
    7. Reviewing requests from units for exterior signs for campus buildings.
    8. Reviewing traffic and parking solutions/proposals.