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David Manderscheid Named Provost, Senior Vice Chancellor

David Manderscheid

David Manderscheid

I’m very pleased to tell you that I’ve named David Manderscheid, currently executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for arts and sciences at the Ohio State University, our new provost and senior vice chancellor.

He will start July 1.

Coming from Ohio State, where he provided leadership for its largest college, David understands our land-grant mission and the breadth and scope of a large nationally ranked public institution. During his career, he’s built a reputation for success in forging interdisciplinary partnerships. As the lead dean in OSU’s initiative on translational data analytics, he’ll provide great leadership in our initial cluster hiring with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in this area. His success in advancing e-learning, education abroad, and service-learning fits perfectly with our growth goals and Volunteer traditions at UT.

David is an internationally recognized mathematician and will hold the rank of professor in our Department of Mathematics. He received his PhD in mathematics from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan State University. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California; and the University of Paris.

His work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published. He has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the US Department of Education in addition to numerous teaching awards.

David is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He serves as past president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences—the largest group of arts and sciences deans in the country—and chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans’ Group.

Before joining Ohio State, David was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 2007 to 2013. He served for 20 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Mathematics.

David’s wife, Susan Lawrence, will be joining our Department of History as a professor. She is an expert in the history of medicine, with specific research interests in privacy and research ethics as well as the history of human dissection in medical education.

As we move toward this transition, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to John Zomchick, who has been our interim provost and senior vice chancellor since August 2016 and will continue serving in the post until David arrives. He’s been an invaluable part of my leadership team since I arrived here, and he’ll continue to have a senior advisory role moving forward.

I also want to thank Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, who chaired the search committee, along with her committee members, for a job well done.

Picnic on the Plaza

Picnic on the Plaza to Celebrate Faculty, Staff, Retirees

Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to this year’s Picnic on the Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, on the Humanities Plaza.

Picnic on the Plaza is an opportunity for me to celebrate and thank you for your service to the university. This event also is supported by President Joe DiPietro, UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Tim Cross, and Vice President for Public Service Herb Byrd.

Please join me for a picnic with music, games, and giveaways. RecSports will have games such as giant checkers, Connect Four, horseshoes, and cornhole set up for guests to enjoy along with footballs and hula hoops.

Volunteer Dining will serve grilled chicken, hamburgers, pinto beans, loaded potato salad, kettle chips, garden salad, cookies, mini cupcakes, and beverages. Vegetarian choices include tofu sloppy joes and veggie burgers.

Invitations will be sent by email, but you do not need to RSVP.

In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena.

For transportation to the picnic from campus locations not within walking distance, the T’s Hill route and Neyland Express will be running every five to seven minutes. The Hill route serves locations on Circle Drive, Cumberland Avenue, Andy Holt Avenue, and Volunteer Boulevard, while the Neyland Express serves River Drive, Service Drive, Chapman Drive, Neyland Drive, and the bus plaza at Neyland Stadium Gate 21. For more info on T bus routes, visit the Ride the T website and access live bus locations online.

KAT’s Knoxville Trolley Vol Line serves locations near the UT Conference Center and 11th Street Garage along with the UT Police Department, Cumberland Avenue, and Volunteer Boulevard. Trolley service will run every 10 minutes.

 

Two Final Provost Candidate Public Forums Announced

Over the next few weeks, two final candidates for the position of provost and senior vice chancellor will visit campus and hold public forums:

  • Kimberly Andrews Espy, the senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona, will visit campus Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, and will hold a public forum from 3 to 4 p.m. March 20 in in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library.
  • David C. Manderscheid, the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for arts and sciences at the Ohio State University, will visit campus Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, and will hold a public forum from 3 to 4 p.m. March 29 in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library.

The search website provides biographical information on each candidate, their CV, and a feedback form to share your thoughts.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university and a key member of my senior leadership team. The provost provides oversight of all academic divisions, colleges, departments, and programs, and the services that support them.

Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, is chairing the search.

Please check the search website frequently to learn more about each candidate. Thank you for participating in this important search for our campus.

Provost Candidate Interviews

I am pleased to announce that we are beginning interviews for the position of provost and senior vice chancellor.

The first candidate is John Zomchick, the current interim provost and senior vice chancellor. As part of his interview process on Monday and Tuesday, March 5 and 6, a public forum will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.

Additional candidates will be visiting campus soon.

We’ve created a search website that will provide biographical information on each candidate, their CV, the time and location for their public forum, and a feedback form to share your thoughts. The website will be updated as each candidate is confirmed.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university and a key member of my senior leadership team. The provost provides oversight of all academic divisions, colleges, departments, and programs, and the services that support them.

Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, is chairing the search.

Please check the website frequently to learn more about each candidate as their visits are scheduled. I hope you will participate in this important search for our campus.

A Special Presentation from the Southern Poverty Law Center

You are invited to join me for a presentation and question-and-answer session with Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Thursday, February 15, 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium

The bag policy is in effect for this event, which is open only to UT faculty, staff, and students. Please bring your VolCard ID.

RSVP to Attend

 

Brooks’s presentation, “Standing against Hate and Extremism,” will discuss the Traditionalist Worker Party, its tactics, and ways we can stand against hate groups.

Let’s educate ourselves on how we can unite against hate on our campus.

Beverly J. Davenport
Chancellor

Student Experience Survey Forum

To: Current Students

Last year, more than 4,700 of you shared your thoughts on issues like free speech, sexual harassment, intimidating conduct, and the overall campus climate. These are difficult issues, and I appreciate your candid responses to the 2017 My Campus Student Experience Survey. Creating and maintaining a campus environment where all students can thrive and succeed is among our most important goals.

Please join me for an overview of the survey results for our campus at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in Strong Hall Room 101. Following a presentation of the results, I will be joined by several members of our senior staff to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the survey and how results will be used, visit mycampus.tennessee.edu.

I look forward to seeing you at the forum.

 

Beverly J. Davenport
Chancellor

Update on February 17 Event

As I wrote earlier this week, a white supremacist group reserved a space to meet on our campus on Saturday, February 17.

I want to let you know that after consultation between UTPD and senior advisers, we have decided that this group will not be allowed to use McClung Museum due to safety and security concerns. If they decide to gather on our campus anyway, they will be reassigned to Buehler Hall with security restrictions. UTPD has consulted with local, state, and federal law enforcement and assured me this location will provide the safest and most secure environment and minimize disruption to other activities on campus.

I am meeting daily with senior advisers, including law enforcement, as we prepare for a potential gathering. As always, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our primary concern. I want to reiterate: We don’t want them here. They were not invited, and they are certainly not welcome.

I appreciate the outpouring of support, suggestions, and sentiments of our campus and the Knoxville community. We will continue to focus on educating and uniting our campus.

We have scheduled a number of events beginning today with United at the Rock Against Racism, beginning at 3:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the UT Campus Ministers Council, Student Government Association, and Faculty Senate.

On Tuesday, SGA is sponsoring a panel discussion on the upcoming white nationalist event, the hate speech surrounding that group, and how it affects our campus.

On Thursday, I have invited Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, to give a presentation to our campus. Lecia will discuss specific white nationalist groups, their tactics, and how we can stand against hate.

Meanwhile, we will continue to post updates on our free speech website about the February 17 event.

Together, we will unite against racism and hate.

SPLC Presentation on Hate Group

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a presentation and question-and-answer session with Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. The event is hosted by the Office of the Chancellor.

“I’m thrilled by the invitation to speak on campus,” Brooks said. “Together, we can send a message to the broader community that UT Knoxville stands united against hate and extremism.”

Brooks also will meet with faculty at the Faculty Pub at 4 p.m.

Brooks’ presentation, Standing Against Hate and Extremism, will discuss the Traditionalist Worker Party, its tactics, and ways communities can stand against hate groups.

Read more about how the campus is addressing concerns about this event.

As outreach director for SPLC, Brooks shares the organization’s research on extremist groups and community resources with the public. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. The organization maintains an Extremist Files database of prominent extremists and extremist organizations, including Matthew Heimbach and the Traditionalist Worker Party. It also examines the ideologies of the most common types of extremist movements.

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