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Department Heads Programming

The Office of the Provost offers several holistic programming opportunities to support our university department heads and academic school directors. During Fall 2020, we will be hosting the Community Discussion Groups and the Department Heads Forum. In the future, we will be providing more information on additional department head programming: The Department Heads Institute, Lunch with the Provost, and the New College Administrators Orientation.


Community Discussion Groups

The Community Discussion Groups offers a new virtual venue to help department heads connect in small groups and to allow space to discuss topics of interest and concerns and learn from one another.  Each month during a single week, we will schedule discussion groups at various times about different topics.

How It Works. You can sign-up for the topic/time that interests you, and you will be grouped with no more than four other department heads. We will assign your group a Zoom room, and you can take it from there!  Evergreen topics will be repeated month-to-month.  We want to also build an evolving list of topics and welcome your suggestions. Please email us at a facultyaffairs@utk.edu with any ideas.

Schedule. The Community Discussion Groups will take place on:

  • Monday, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Registration. The next discussion groups will take place from November 2-5, and the topics will be “The Future of Faculty Work” and “Leading in a Pandemic.”  To register, please visit our registration form and complete the information by Wednesday, October 28.


Department Heads Forum

This fall, the Department Heads Forums will be virtual and themed around “Department Culture and Transformation.” They are scheduled for the following dates:

  • The Future of Faculty Work: 9/24, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Leadership, Culture & Change: 10/22, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 11/23, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (Registration Portal)