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This webpage houses internal faculty positions at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that are currently seeking applications. This webpage is updated in coordination between Faculty Affairs staff and UT Human Resources.

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Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures | Professor & Head

Posted November 2020

Position Overview: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks applicants for Head of its Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. Applicants should hold the rank of Professor. PhD in related field is required. We seek an individual with a distinguished record of research, excellent teaching, and relevant administrative experience. Strong leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, staff, and students are especially important. The successful candidate will provide leadership and effective advocacy for a department with undergraduate and graduate programs. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin January 6, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. In addition to your CV, provide a letter of application that outlines your previous administrative experience and your vision for the department. The letter/CV/application materials should be sent via email in a single pdf to Ernest Freeberg ( with copy to Pam Hughes ( Addressed to Ernest Freeberg, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, 701 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Engagement
Appointment starting July 1, 2021

The role of Associate Dean that oversees Academic Affairs is critical to the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. As our world changes, so too will the university and the college programs in it. This newly shaped role will support the development of new programs and help departments update and revise existing programs. Also, given the university’s new vision as a modern land-grant university that directly impacts the community, this role will also focus on that vision.

The CEHHS has a strong record of engaged scholarship, which includes engaged teaching, engaged research, and engaged service. This role will focus on enhancing that work through alignment of existing initiatives, projects, studies, and partnerships and through the development of new such initiatives. Through intentional, strategic alignment, our college has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the local and global community. The goal of the position is to lead in both Academic Affairs and in Engagement.

Read more about the responsibilities of the position, its requirements, and how to apply by downloading the job announcement. 

Department Head, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Appointment starting August 1, 2021

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a visionary, strategically-oriented individual to serve as head of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. This is an internal search open to all currently employed regular University of Tennessee personnel regardless of the campus location (Knoxville area units, Tullahoma, Chattanooga, Martin, and Memphis). The department head reports directly to the dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and serves as a member of the college’s Administrative Council. Specifically, the department desires a leader who will:

  • Lead the department in developing a vision for the future of the department based on the university’s and college’s new visions and strategic plans;
  • Implement the goals of the CEHHS Diversity Action Plan and promote a culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives;
  • Recruit, retain, and develop staff and faculty and allocate resources accordingly;
  • Increase enrollment and innovative programming;
  • Lead in the effective preparation of expert, culturally competent teachers, professionals in allied fields, researchers, and educational leaders who can meet the needs of all learners;
  • Support faculty in disseminating research in their academic fields;
  • Support faculty in seeking external funding for their research;
  • Support faculty and staff in community-engaged work;
  • Advocate for and promote the work of the department and its programs;
  • Advocate for collaborative problem solving and shared governance;
  • Manage personnel, resources, and the new departmental budget:

Read more about this position and how to apply by downloading the position announcement.