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Committee Named to Review Cluster Hire Proposals

With 18 proposals in hand for two open-topic research clusters, a multidisciplinary committee of faculty has been appointed to begin the process of choosing which to pursue.

The committee’s scores and rankings, along with input from the deans, associate deans for research, and department heads, will be shared with the provost, vice chancellor for research, and chancellor. The chancellor will make the final selection. That decision is expected by May 15.

Following are the review committee members:

  • Haslam College of Business: Charlie Noble, Jerry and Kay Henry Professor and associate dean for faculty and research
  • College of Social Work: Mary Held, assistant professor (Nashville)
  • College of Nursing: Lora Beebe, professor
  • UT Institute of Agriculture: Gary Bates, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and director of the UT Beef and Forage Center
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences: Melinda Gibbons, professor of educational psychology and counseling
  • College of Architecture and Design: Katherine Ambroziak, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs and research
  • Tickle College of Engineering: Lynne Parker, professor and associate dean
  • UT Libraries: Holly Mercer, professor and associate dean for research, collections, and scholarly communication
  • College of Law: Teri Baxter, professor and associate dean for faculty development
  • College of Communication and Information: Beth Avery Foster, associate professor of advertising and public relations
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Bin Zhao, professor of chemistry

See more information about the 18 proposals being considered.