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Re-Imagining Fall Task Force

Over the last several months, our campus has shown incredible resilience, ingenuity, and flexibility as we have all adapted to a new normal presented by the coronavirus outbreak.

As we began looking at the next phase of our response, the Re-Imagining Fall Task Force was charged with leading our efforts to plan for safely and effectively welcoming students back to campus. This included considering different scenarios for resuming classes, activities, and operations, and accounting for how these decisions will impact students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

The task force chairs, Dean of Libraries Steven Smith and Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Ellen McIntyre, presented the chancellor with recommendations on May 18.

Task Force Personnel


Name Title Role
Steve Smith Dean of Libraries Task Force Co-Chair
Ellen McIntyre Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Task Force Co-Chair
RJ Hinde Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Teaching & Student Success Subcommittee Co-Chair
Mark Collins Distinguished Lecturer and Director of Technology-Enhanced Education, Haslam College of Business Teaching & Student Success Subcommittee Co-Chair
Amber Williams Vice Provost for Student Success Teaching & Student Success Subcommittee Member
Mary Lucal Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Workplace Safety Subcommittee Co-Chair
Mary Jane Moran Department Head of Child and Family Studies, CEHHS Workplace Safety Subcommittee Co-Chair
Veerle Keppens Chancellor’s Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Workplace Safety Subcommittee Member
Frank Cuevas Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Life Residence Halls and Student Spaces Subcommittee Chair
Bill Dunne Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Facilities in the Tickle College of Engineering Research Subcommittee Co-Chair
Hollie Raynor Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for Research in CEHHS Research Subcommittee Co-Chair
Todd Moore Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences Research Subcommittee Member
Jeff Maples Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Visitors to Campus Subcommittee Chair
Sadie Hutson Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing Visitors to Campus Subcommittee Member
Gary Skolits Associate Professor, CEHHS and Faculty Senate President Visitors to Campus Subcommittee Member
Carol Andes Assistant Director of Marketing Visitors to Campus Subcommittee Member
Tyvi Small Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement Engagement and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair
John Stier Professor and Associate Dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture Engagement and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair
Misty Anderson Professor of English and Past President of Faculty Senate Engagement and Outreach Subcommittee Member


Name Title
Kathleen Brown Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of Master of Public Health program
Nina Fefferman Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chair of Graduate Admissions
Spencer Gregg Director of the UT Student Health Center
Jon McCullers Professor and Chair of the Dept of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor at UT Health Science Center
Vickie Niederhauser Dean of the College of Nursing
Marianne Wanamaker Associate Professor of Economics
Brian Gard Director of Emergency Management
Joe Scogin Senior Associate Athletics Director & Assistant Provost


Teaching & Student Success Subcommittee

Name Title Role
RJ Hinde Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Co-Chair
Mark Collins Distinguished Lecturer and Director of Technology-Enhanced Education, Haslam College of Business Co-Chair
Ellen McIntyre Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Liaison
Amber Williams Vice Provost for Student Success Member
David Ndiaye Director of Student Disability Services Member
Janet Schmitt Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Operations and Interim Registrar Member
Susan Hebert Director of Health Innovation in Technology and Stimulation Lab and Clinical Instructor, Nursing Member
Alex Long Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law, College of Law Member
Jana Spitzer Director of Advising, CEHHS Member
Karen Tobias Professor, Vet School Member
Duren Thompson Instructional Designer and Program Coordinator, Professional Development & Technology Enhancement Member
Sally Corran Harris Distinguished Lecturer, Department of English Member
Shea Kidd Houze Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Member
Matthew Theriot Associate Provost, FDSI and Director, Teaching and Learning Innovation Member
Candace White Professor, School of Advertising and Public Relations and Fellow, Global Security Program Member
Monica Black Associate Professor, Department of History Member

Workplace Safety Subcommittee

Name Title Role
Mary Lucal Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Co-Chair
Mary Jane Moran Department Head of Child and Family Studies, CEHHS Co-Chair
Steve Smith Dean of Libraries Liaison
Veerle Keppens Chancellor’s Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Member
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch Ombudsperson Member
Emily Mason Administrative Coordinator, Human Resources, CEHHS Member
Spencer Gregg Director, Student Health Services Member
Brian Browning Executive Director of Auxiliary and Support Services, Division of Finance and Administration Member
Derek Bailey Director, Facilities Services Zone Maintenance Member
Doug Bohner HR officer and Director of Extension, Institute of Agriculture Member
Caula Beyl Dean and Professor, Herbert College of Agriculture Member
Elizabeth Greene Executive Director, Library Member

Residence Halls and Student Spaces Subcommittee

Name Title Role
Frank Cuevas Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Life Chair
Steve Smith Dean of Libraries Liaison
Teresa Walker Associate Dean, Libraries Member
Kristina Kintziger Assistant Professor, Public Health, CEHHS Member
Rachel McCord Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in Engineering Fundamentals Member
Laura Miller Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies Member
Chandra Myrick Executive Director of University Housing Member
Katy Locke Director of RecSports Member
Ian Crone Director of Student Union Member
Rebekah L. Wright Coordinator of Communications and Employer Relations, Herbert College of Agriculture Member
Karmen Jones President, Student Government Association Member

Research Subcommittee

Name Title Role
Bill Dunne Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Facilities in the Tickle College of Engineering Co-Chair
Hollie Raynor Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for Research in CEHHS Co-Chair
Steve Smith Dean of Libraries Liaison
Todd Moore Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences Member
Phillip Myer Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science Member
Suresh Babu Director of the Bredesen Center Member
Carol Tenopir Chancellor’s Professor, School of Information Sciences Member
Heidi Goodrich-Blair David and Sandra White Professor and Head, Microbiology Member
Melinda Gibbons Professor and Program Coordinator, CEHHS Member
Althea Murphy-Price Associate Professor, Art, A&S Member
Charlie Noble Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, Haslam College of Business Member
Dave White Professor and Interim Department Head, Food Science, UTIA Member

Visitors to Campus Subcommittee

Name Title Role
Jeff Maples Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Chair
Ellen McIntyre Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Liaison
Sadie Hutson Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing Member
Fabrizio D’Aloisio Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Undergraduate Admissions Member
Jim McIntyre Assistant Professor and Director – Center for Educational Leadership Member
David Matthews Associate Dean of Facilities and Technology, Chair of Interior Architecture Member
Gary Skolits Associate Professor, CEHHS and Faculty Senate President Member
David Elliott Assistant Athletics Director for Event Management Member
Tiffany Harmon Director of Budget, Finance, and Operations, College of Social Work Member
Claudio Gomez Executive Director of McClung Museum Member
Carol Andes Assistant Director of Marketing Member

Engagement and Outreach Subcommittee

Name Title Role
Tyvi Small Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement Co-Chair
John Stier Professor and Associate Dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture Co-Chair
Ellen McIntyre Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Liaison
Misty Anderson Professor of English and Past President of Faculty Senate Member
Mandie Beeler Director,  Jones Center for Leadership and Service Member
Javiette Samuel Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Engagement Member
Chip Bryant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Member
Jules Morris Director of Marketing and Communications, CEHHS Member
Angela Stackhouse Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Architecture and Design Member
Karen Boyd Associate Professor of Practice, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, CEHHS Member
Gretchen Neisler Vice Provost for International Affairs Member
Deborah Penchoff Fellow, Institute for Nuclear Security Member
Michael Palenchar Associate Professor, School of Advertising and Public Relations Member
Brandon Horvath Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences Member
Carmen Danley Chief of Staff, Student Government Association Member


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