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Matthew Theriot Named Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Matthew TheriotI’m pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Social Work Matthew Theriot, who successfully led the effort to develop our new Experience Learning initiative, has been named associate provost for teaching and learning innovation.

The new post is a three-year appointment that will involve 50 percent of his time.

One of Matthew’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing the implementation of Experience Learning, which begins this fall. Matthew also will oversee the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.

Matthew chaired the interdisciplinary team that spent nearly two years designing Experience Learning, which is our new Quality Enhancement Plan, a required component of UT’s reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

He did a superb job of leading a large team of faculty, staff, and students to develop Experience Learning. The plan drew many compliments from SACSCOC evaluators, and Matthew’s leadership received high praise from team members.

He is a natural fit for this new role and he will be an asset to our team as we work to reach our goals for improving teaching and learning on our campus.

Matthew received his doctorate in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined our faculty in 2003 and served as director of the College of Social Work’s undergraduate program from 2006 to 2013. Since 2013 he’s been director of the college’s PhD program.

Please join me in congratulating Matthew and welcoming him into this new role.


Susan D. Martin
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor