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General Education Redesign Taskforce

You are enthusiastically invited to play an integral role in revitalizing our General Education Program by participating in a series of talks, moderated conversations and teaching workshops that will help us envision a more intentional, cohesive general education curriculum that represents the Vol Vision and Volunteer Spirit.  Tenure-line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and undergraduate students will all be invited to attend. More details are coming soon!

Want to know more? Watch this brief video to learn about our goals in rethinking General Education at the University of Tennessee or visit our website.

Formed in spring 2015, the General Education Redesign Taskforce was charged with redesigning General Education. More specifically our goals are to:

  1. Ensure students and faculty understand and appreciate the value/purpose of General Education.
  2. Enhance the value of General Education so students have the requisite knowledge, awareness, and skills to be successful in their major and beyond.
  3. Better integrate General Education into students’ overall curricula, both to provide a more unified curriculum and to ensure all students achieve similar outcomes, regardless of whether they enter as new first-year or transfer students.

Taskforce Members

Erin Hardin, Psychology (Chair)

Kirsten Benson, English

Chuck Collins, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Ian Down, Political Science

Ernie Freeberg, History

Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

Barbara Murphy, School of Music

Missy Parker, Advising, College of Arts and Sciences

Roger Parsons, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering

Conrad Plaut, Mathematics

Suzy Prentiss, Communication Studies

Lisi Schoenbach, English

Beth Schussler, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

For more information regarding the General Education Redesign Taskforce, contact Erin Hardin at

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