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Theriot Named Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

I’m pleased to announce that Matthew Theriot will become interim vice provost for faculty affairs on August 1. He also will continue to serve as associate provost for teaching and learning innovation.

Matthew Theriot

Matthew Theriot

This appointment completes a series of administrative changes prompted by my return to the Department of Classics faculty. John Zomchick, who has been vice provost for faculty affairs, will become interim provost and senior vice chancellor.

As interim vice provost for faculty affairs, Matthew will oversee and facilitate processes related to faculty recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, and professional development. He will also lead campus efforts on faculty-related aspects of the Vol Vision 2020 strategic plan.

A year ago, Matthew took on a three-year half-time appointment as associate provost for teaching and learning innovation. In this role, he’s been leading the implementation of Experience Learning. The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and UT Service-Learning also report to him.

In his role as associate provost and leader of the Quality Enhancement Plan team for our reaccreditation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Matthew has been an effective liaison between administration and faculty. We’re confident he’ll use his skills to keep us on the journey outlined in Vol Vision 2020 during this time of transition.

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 came to UT in 2003. He served as director of the College of Social Work’s undergraduate program from 2006 to 2013 and then served for three years as director of the college’s PhD program.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Matthew for taking on this additional set of responsibilities.


Susan D. Martin
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor