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Meet the Provost

John Zomchick has served since 2020 as provost of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the state’s flagship university. In this role, he works with the deans, vice provosts, department chairs, faculty, and staff to support excellence in all of the university’s academic, research, scholarly, and creative programs and activities.

John Zomchick most recently served as vice provost for faculty affairs, a position he held for more than five years. He also served as interim provost and senior vice chancellor from August 2016 until April 2018.

Before joining the Office of the Provost’s staff, he served as executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A professor of English, Zomchick came to UT in 1985. He is a scholar of eighteenth-century English literature.

During his time at UT, Zomchick has held a number of administrative appointments, including associate dean for academic personnel and interim associate dean for academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and head of the Department of English.

Zomchick has a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and doctorate in English literature from Columbia University.

He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, the UT National Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Student Advising, and the Lorayne W. Lester Award in recognition of contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences. He served a three-year term on the executive committee of the Association of Departments of English.