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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Search

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that we have launched an internal search for the next vice provost for faculty affairs. The search will move quickly but deliberately, with the hope of having a new vice provost in place by July 15 at the latest.

Interim Dean of Libraries Holly Mercer will chair the five-member search committee, which will also include Sadie Hutson, executive associate dean of nursing; Michelle Kwon, associate professor of law; Beauvais Lyons, professor of art and incoming UT Knoxville Advisory Board faculty representative; and Dorian McCoy, associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies.

The vice provost for faculty affairs (VPFA) is responsible for the recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, and professional development of all faculty. The VPFA works closely with the Faculty Senate and the Office of the General Counsel, playing a crucial role in strengthening shared governance across the university. The vice provost will also take a leading role in the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as it relates to faculty, including working with the Commissions for Women, Blacks, and LGBT People and the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism to eliminate or reform practices that have a disproportionate negative impact on faculty members from underrepresented groups.

Qualified applicants must be a tenured faculty member with a rank of professor and a record of promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion across campus. To read more about the position and apply, visit the faculty job postings website. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 16 and will continue until the position is filled.

John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor