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Department Heads

Department heads are appointed in accordance with the Faculty Handbook, Section 1.6.2. They serve at the will of the college dean. They are evaluated annually (1.6.5), and they may be reappointed for additional terms (1.6.6).

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications

(865-974-7371)

Christopher Stripling (Interim) September 2019 N/A
Agricultural & Resource Economics
(865-974-7231)
Christopher Clark

 

April 2020 Reappointment review 2025
Animal Science
(865-974-7286)
 

F. Neal Schrick

 

2020
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
(865-974-7266)
Julie Carrier April 2016 Reappointment review July 2021
Entomology & Plant Pathology
(865-974-7135)
DeWayne Shoemaker

 

2020
Food Science
(865-974-7331)
F. Neal Schrick

(Interim)

September 2019 N/A
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries
(865-974-7126)
Donald Hodges August 2019 Reappointment review 2024
Plant Sciences
(865-974-7324)
Gary Bates

(Interim)

2020 N/A

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Architecture
(865-974-5265)
Jason Young Reappointed August 2019 Next review July 2024
Interior Architecture
(865-974-5268)
J. David Matthews Reappointed August 2015 Next review July 2020
Landscape Architecture
(865-974-5265)
Gale Fulton Reappointed August 2018 Next review July 2023
School of Design

(865-974-5253)

Sarah Lowe January 2020 Next review December 2025

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Anthropology
(865-974-4408)
Barbara Heath
Art
(865-974-3407)
Christopher McNulty
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
(865-974-5148)
Gladys Alexandre August 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Chemistry
(865-974-3141)
Viktor Nemykin
Classics
(865-974-5383)
Aleydis Van de Moortel August 2016 Reappointment review July 2021
Earth & Planetary Sciences
(865-974-2366)
Edmund Perfect

(Interim)

Effective May 2020 N/A
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
(865-974-3065)
Susan Kalisz August 2015 Reappointment review July 2020
English
(865-974-5401)
Misty Anderson 
Geography
(865-974-2418)
Derek Alderman

(Interim)

History
(865-974-5421)
Ernest Freeberg Reappointed August 2018 Next review July 2023
Mathematics
(865-974-2461)
Conrad Plaut Reappointed August 2017 Next review July 2022
Microbiology
(865-974-3441)
Heidi Goodrich-Blair August 2016 Reappointment review July 2021
Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
(865-974-2311)
Luis Cano

(Interim)

Music
(865-974-3241)
Jeffrey Pappas Reappointed August 2017 Next review July 2022
Philosophy
(865-974-3255)
Mariam Thalos January 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Physics & Astronomy
(865-974-3342)
Hanno Weitering Reappointed August 2017 Next review July 2022
Political Science
(865-974-2261)
Richard Pacelle Reappointed August 2019 Next review July 2024
Psychology
(865-974-3328)
Deborah Welsh Reappointed August 2017 Next review July 2022
Religious Studies
(865-974-2466)
Christine (Tina) Shepardson August 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Sociology
(865-974-6021)
Stephanie Bohon
Theatre
(865-974-6011)
Calvin MacLean Reappointed August 2016 Next review July 2021

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Accounting & Information Mgmt.
(865-974-2551)
Terry Neal  October 2017 Reappointment review July 2022
Business Analytics and Statistics
(865-974-2556)
Michael Galbreth August 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Economics
(865-974-3303)
Scott Gilpatric August 2019 Reappointment review July 2024
Finance
(865-974-3216)
Tracie Woidtke January 2016 Reappointment  review July 2021
Management
(865-974-3161)
Anne Smith July 2015 Reappointment review July 2020
Marketing

(865-974-1641)

Alex Zablah July 2020 Reappointment review

July 2025

Supply Chain Management
(865-974-5311)
Chad Autry February 2016 Reappointment review July 2021

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Advertising and Public Relations
(865-974-3048)
Beth Foster
Communication Studies
(865-974-0696)
John Haas Reappointed July 2016 Next review July 2021
Information Sciences
(865-974-2418)
Carol Tenopir

(Interim)

N/A N/A
Journalism & Electronic Media
(865-974-5155)
Catherine Luther July 2016 Reappointment review July 2021

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Child and Family Studies
(865-974-5316)
Mary Jane Moran February 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
(865-974-2214)
Patrick Biddix

(Interim)

August 1, 2019 N/A
Educational Psychology and Counseling
(865-974-8145)
Jeffrey Cochran February 2017 Reappointment review July 2022
Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies
(865-974-3340)
David Bassett, Jr. February 2018 Reappointment review July 2023
Nutrition
(865-974-5445)
Jay Whelan Reappointed August 2017 Next review July 2022
Public Health
(865-974-5041)
Thankam Sunil (Interim) N/A
Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management
(865-974-2141)
Dan Flint

(Interim)

Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
(865-974-6228)
Sherry Bell Reappointed August 2017  

Next review July 2022

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Chemical Engineering
(865-974-2421)
Bamin Khomami Reappointed August 2016 Next review July 2021
Civil & Environmental Engineering
(865-974-2503)
Chris Cox May 2015 Reappointment review July 2020
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
(865-974-3461)
Greg Peterson January 2019 Reappointment review July 2024
Industrial and Systems Engineering
(865-974-3333)
John Kobza Reappointed August 2018 Next review July 2023
Materials Science & Engineering
(865-974-5336)
Veerle Keppens October 2016 Reappointment review July 2021
Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering
(865-974-9376)
Matthew Mench Reappointed August 2018 Next review July 2023
Nuclear Engineering
(865-974-2525)
Wes Hines Reappointed August 2016 Next review July 2021

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Dean
(865-974-2521)
Doug Blaze (Interim) n/a n/a

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Dean
(865-974-6600)
Holly Mercer (interim) n/a n/a

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Dean
(865-974-7583)
Victoria Niederhauser n/a n/a

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Dean
(865-974-6693)
Lori Messinger n/a n/a

College/Department Name Appointment Date Status
Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
(865-974-8235)
Michael McEntee Reappointed February 2016 Next review July 2021
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
(865-974-5703)
Carla Sommardahl

(Interim)

N/A
Small Animal Clinical Sciences
(865-974-5505)
Juergen Schumacher June 2015 Reappointment review July 2020

Updated: September 2020