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Administrative Staff

This page provides a more complete view of the various duties and responsibilities of the administrative staff for the Office of the Provost.

Office of the Provost

Susan England

SusanEnglandAdministrative Coordinator for the Provost
865-974-9033

  • Serves as internal and external point of contact for all requests of the provost
  • Coordinates administrative workflow for provost
  • Composes and edits communications from the provost’s office
  • Manages provost’s calendar
  • Schedules recurring meetings, organizes provost sponsored meetings,and compiles meeting agendas
  • Provides administrative support for academic and administrative searches

Heather Cockrum

Heather CockrumExecutive Assistant to the Provost
865-974-3797

  • Coordinator for provost sponsored events
  • Project manager for internal office initiatives

Academic Affairs

Cora Ripley

03-39930-1Administrative Coordinator for Vice Provost Robert Hinde
865-974-0684

  • Serves as internal and external point of contact for all requests of the vice provost for academic affairs
  • Facilitates academic program reviews and mid-cycle reviews
  • Coordinates and supports key academic affairs committees related to the strategic plan
  • Serves as the institutional coordinator for the Academic Common Market

Faculty Affairs

Melanie Finnegan

Melanie FinneganAdministrative Coordinator for Interim Vice Provost Matthew Theriot
865-974-6152

  • Serves as internal and external point of contact for all requests and scheduling for the vice provost for faculty affairs
  • Provides support and composes appointment letters for academic searches
  • Facilitates promotion and tenure process
  • Facilitates faculty development leave process and leaves related to the Faculty & Family Care Policy
  • Processes necessary support documentation for faculty retention and evaluation
  • Serves as the point of contact for Elements inquiries
  • Serves as the point of contact for inquiries regarding the Online Faculty Review System
  • Maintains all handbooks related to Faculty Affairs

Graduate School

Millie Cheatham

Administrative Coordinator to Vice Provost and Dean Dixie Thompson
865-974-0818

  • Serves as internal and external point of contact for all requests of the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
  • Provides administrative support for the meetings of the Graduate Associate Deans
  • Serves as the office manager for the Graduate School
  • Coordinates Graduate School sponsored programs and events such as orientation, hooding ceremony, etc.
  • Provides budgetary oversight for the Student/Faculty Research Awards and most financial matters for the Graduate School

Academic Resources

Connie Beatty

Connie BeattyAdministrative Support Assistant
865-974-3578

  • Manages chancellor’s, provost’s, vice chancellors’, and vice provosts’ guest traffic and phone calls
  • Provides administrative support to the director of academic resources, including entering accounts payable, reconciling time sheets and ledgers, and preparing and entering travel
  • Supports and serves as back-up to other administrative assistants on the floor
  • Manages the conference room and orders supplies

Brandy Norwoodb-norwood

Administrative Coordinator II
865-974-8425

  • Maintains financial records and database systems
  • Serves as liaison to college and university personnel
  • Assists with preparation of department E&G budget
  • Prepares and processes budget revisions

 

David Price

Business Manager
865-974-1795

  • Oversees Financial Management and Human Resources functions
  • Provides support to the Vice Provosts and other offices within Academic Affairs
  • Assists with the budget and financial operations of Non-Academic Units reporting to the Office of the Provost
  • Develops, implements, and manages department E&G and Restricted budgets

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