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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
  • Manages provost’s calendar
  • Schedules recurring meetings, organizes provost-sponsored meetings (COD, EMC, PSAC, SCAC, Academic Affairs, and Junior Faculty Lunches), and compiles meeting agendas
  • Provides administrative support for academic and administrative searches

Heather Cockrum

Heather CockrumExecutive Assistant to the Provost
865-974-3797

  • Coordinates administrative workflow for provost
  • Composes and edits communications from provost’s office
  • Serves as project manager and coordinator for provost-sponsored events and retreats

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
  • Manages and supports Ready for the World International and Intercultural initiatives

Faculty Affairs

Melanie Finnegan

Melanie FinneganAdministrative Coordinator for Vice Provost John Zomchick
865-974-6152

  • Serves as internal and external point-of-contact for all requests of 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
  • Processes necessary support documentation for faculty retention and evaluation

Graduate School

Vacant

Administrative Assistant to Vice Provost and Dean Dixie Thompson
865-974-3694

  • Organizes Graduate School-sponsored programs such as orientiation, hooding ceremony, etc.
  • Serves as secretary and adminstrative support to Graduate Council and its committees
  • Coordinates activities of the Professional Development Award Committee
  • Handles most financial matters for the Graduate School and Graduate International Admissions

Academic Resources

Connie Beatty

Connie BeattyAdministrative Support Assistant
865-974-3578

  • Manages chancellor’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 conference rooms and orders supplies

Tiffany Harmon

Tiffany HarmonBudget Manager
865-974-1795

  • Reviews and approves IRIS transactions
  • Develops, implements, and manages department E&G budget
  • Reconciles and reviews ledger
  • Assists with HR-related matters
  • Manages and oversees the chancellor’s accounts payable entry and provide support for the yearly audit
  • Handles contracts

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