UT faculty dream big, tackle great challenges, discover and share knowledge, mentor and inspire students, and serve communities. Faculty Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of UT faculty, their work, and how they represent the Volunteer sprit.
Faculty can always get a 20% discount in-store at the VolShop. During Faculty Appreciation Week, the VolShop is showing its thanks for faculty by giving them an extra 10% off for a total 30% discount April 24-30. And, faculty can use the discount online, too. For in-store purchases, faculty can show their VolCard or give their personnel number. For online purchases, log in with your NetID and password and use promo code UTKFAW22. Please note the discount does not apply to the Big Orange Deal, technology, and course materials. Some other exclusions may apply.
Faculty Appreciation Week will include events intended to build community, celebrate diversity, share ideas, and have fun.
Monday, April 25
7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Chancellor’s Faculty Appreciation Breakfast
HSS Plaza: Faculty are invited to drop by tents on HSS Plaza and grab breakfast and coffee at their convenience.
3:30-5 p.m.: Faculty Voices: Purpose, Meaning, and Connections
Ed Ingle Theater, Communications Building (402-G): Presented by the Division of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Senate, the session will spotlight the faculty experience during the past few years and provide a forum to share ideas, build community, and plan for the future. This session will start with a panel of faculty who will discuss their pandemic experiences, what they learned about their work, and how they are moving forward. The session will also include within-table discussions so that attendees can share and connect. Refreshments will be available at the start of the event.
Tuesday, April 26
Noon-1:15 p.m.: Teaching and Learning Innovation’s Faculty Appreciation Lunch
Student Union, Pilot Company Ballroom (272): Hosted by Teaching and Learning Innovation, the lunch will feature food and prizes; remarks from Dixie Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School; and a panel of graduate students who will share how faculty challenged and encouraged them. The first 200 attendees will receive a new “TLI Appreciates Faculty” travel tumbler.
Wednesday, April 27
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Free Coffee with Student Success
Student Union Starbucks and Hodges Library Starbucks: The Division of Student Success invites faculty to drop by and enjoy a free cup of coffee and casual conversation with students and Student Success leadership.
No registration needed. Drop by anytime.
10-11:30 a.m.: Faculty Appreciation Brunch: Celebrating Our Diversity
Pilot Company Ballroom (Room 272, section B): Faculty are invited to attend a brunch with Vice Chancellor Tyvi Small and Provost John Zomchick to celebrate the diversity of UT’s faculty, including faculty represented by the Commission for Blacks and the Council for Diversity and Inclusion. This event is designed to recognize the accomplishments of faculty and provide a venue for community-building and connections. The brunch is co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Division of Diversity and Engagement, Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and Commission for Blacks. Faculty are welcome to arrive and depart as their schedules allow.
Thursday, April 28
Noon-1 p.m.: Defining the Volunteer Experience for Faculty
Virtual: In this online session, faculty are invited to participate in a future-focused discussion about defining the Volunteer Experience for faculty. How do we create a unique faculty experience at UT that reflects what it means to be a Volunteer? What resources, services, and support do faculty need to be successful in the future? How do we build community and foster a sense of belonging among faculty? What does faculty engagement look like in the future? Insights from the conversation will provide valuable input to a team working to conceptualize a new collaborative space for faculty. Team members will be on-hand to listen and collect ideas for the design.
4-7 p.m.: Faculty Pub
Circle Park: The final Faculty Pub of the academic year is a celebration as part of Faculty Appreciation Week. In addition to the free appetizers and cash bar (card payments only), faculty can take a selfie with Smokey X, take individual or group snapshots in a mobile photo booth, and receive an appreciation gift.