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Senior Leadership Team

Robert Hinde, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Phone: 865-974-0684                Contact by e-mail

Robert Hinde serves as the university’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He joined the university faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1994, and became Vice Provost in 2015 after serving for several years as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Vice Provost Hinde co-chairs, with Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life Frank Cuevas, the university’s Undergraduate Strategy Working Group. This group provides campus-level leadership for the undergraduate component of Vol Vision 2020, the university’s strategic plan.

Vice Provost Hinde coordinates all academic program reviews on campus, provides central administrative oversight of the university’s Summer Session, and manages the university’s Strategic Instruction Fund, which helps reduce instructional bottlenecks at the undergraduate level. He works closely with the Undergraduate Council’s Academic Policy, Curriculum, and General Education committees and with the university’s Classroom Upgrade Subcommittee, represents the Provost’s office on the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Interculturalism, and is a member of the university’s Transfer Task Force. He also chairs the university’s Residency Appeals Committee and co-chairs the University Space Committee with Jeff Maples, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Vice Provost Hinde’s office coordinates the activities of the General Education Revision Task Force and the Syllabus Database Task Force.

His direct reports include:

  • the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Karen Sullivan-Vance; and
  • the Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation, Heather Hartman.

Vice Provost Hinde works closely with the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management (Kari Alldredge), and the Assistant Provost and Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (Denise Gardner) on a variety of projects that support undergraduate academic success, academic program review, and data-driven decision making.

Kari Alldredge, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Kari Alldredge

Phone: 865-974-2105
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Kari Alldredge leads the university’s Division of Enrollment Management. The Division of Enrollment Management focuses on undergraduate recruitment and admissions, student services, retention and graduation. The Division of Enrollment Management includes the following offices:

  • Enrollment Management Communications
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • International Recruitment
  • One Stop Student Services
  • Strategic Enrollment Reporting and Analysis
  • Transfer Center
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • University Registrar
  • Veterans Resource Center

Vice Provost Alldredge’s responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight of undergraduate enrollment initiatives aimed to recruit, enroll and retain a thriving and engaged student community;
  • Collaborate with the Provost, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and key campus leaders to establish undergraduate enrollment goals and class composition, including strategic planning across Enrollment Management units, building effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and evaluating recruitment opportunities that align with institutional goals;
  • Engage all Enrollment Management offices as an integrated team to optimize collaboration, innovation, and identify key efficiency and process improvements that impact the student experience;
  • Provide vision for the university’s strategic recruitment plan to support new student enrollment goals and institutional priorities;
  • Lead efforts to create a campus-wide recruitment, service and retention culture with shared ownership for enrollment goals and student success outcomes;
  • Collaborate with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Financial Aid Director on scholarship and financial aid strategies designed to best serve institutional goals; and
  • Lead enrollment analysis to guide strategic directions, forecasting and informed decision making, including key admissions and enrollment reporting tools for college and campus partners.

John Zomchick, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

John Zomchick

Phone: 865-974-6152
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John Zomchick oversees and facilitates processes related to the recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, and professional development of all faculty, both tenure-track and non-tenure-track. He leads campus efforts on all aspects of the faculty priority of the Vol Vision Strategic Plan. His responsibilities with respect to faculty include oversight of the following processes:

  • Searching and hiring;
  • Annual performance reviews, including appeals;
  • Retention reviews of tenure-track faculty, including appeals;
  • Tenure and / or promotion;
  • Faculty Development Leaves; and
  • Modified duty assignments under Faculty and Family Leave Policy.

His duties also include facilitating faculty development through the following initiatives:

  • Promotion and tenure workshops; and
  • Professional development workshops for department heads and school directors.

His office also is the university contact for the following issues, actions, and goals:

  • Promoting diversity within faculty ranks;
  • Academic freedom;
  • Revision of Faculty Handbook and the Manual for Faculty Evaluation;
  • Faculty grievances; and
  • Shared governance.

Dixie Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Dixie Thompson

Phone: 865-974-2475
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Dixie Thompson supervises and coordinates all aspects of graduate education on campus and supports the recruitment, admission, and academic achievement of graduate students here and at the UT Space Institute. Her responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Graduate Council and its committees on policies, procedures, and curriculum proposals for continuing improvement and innovation of graduate programs;
  • Coordination of a network of departmental/program directors of graduate studies to advise the dean about graduate affairs;
  • Oversight of Graduate Admissions, the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship, and maintenance of the Graduate Catalog;
  • Authority to approve all theses and dissertations submitted for graduate degrees;
  • Development and implementation of Graduate School sponsored workshops and initiatives that provide opportunities for graduate students to develop strong research and teaching skills and that support other aspects of professional development;
  • Facilitation of graduate student involvement in interdisciplinary research opportunities and international linkage and joint degree initiatives;
  • Management of the expenditure of Graduate School funds, including all graduate assistantships, tuition and fee waivers, and fellowships;
  • Participation in all program reviews; and
  • Maintaining active engagement with state, regional, and national professional organizations that promote and support graduate education.

Gretchen Neisler, Vice Provost for International Affairs

Gretchen Neisler

Phone: 865-974-3177
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Gretchen Neisler is the senior international officer of our university.  She began work at UT in August 2018. She came here from Michigan State University, where she was the director of the Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources in the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources.  She has an international portfolio that includes work across the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the university community to lead the development of the university’s strategic international agenda;
  • Representing the university to external constituents, both nationally and internationally; and
  • Overseeing the Center for Global Engagement, which encompasses the offices of International Partnerships and Exchanges, Programs Abroad, International Support Services, International House, English Language Institute, and the Confucius Institute.

Matthew Theriot, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives

Matthew Theriot

Phone: 865-974-6152
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Matthew Theriot oversees Teaching and Learning Innovation, online programs, and faculty diversity initiatives. His responsibilities include working on strategic initiatives assigned by the provost in consultation with the chancellor:

  • Helping lead the development and implementation of a plan to build the central campus infrastructure for e-learning and online programs
  • Coordinating faculty mentoring and support programs
  • Serving as the administration’s liaison with campus commissions and supporting commission activities
  • Working with faculty and campus leaders to develop and implement new diversity and engagement programs for faculty

He also oversees several significant programs and events:

  • Coordinating the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program and the campus Leadership Development Program
  • Hosting New Faculty Orientation, the Academic Leadership Retreat, and the Faculty Pub

Gary Gray, Assistant Provost for Finance and Administration

Gary Gray

Phone: 865-974-2445
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Gary Gray provides leadership in the areas of budget development and best practices, resource allocation, planning, policy, data management and analysis, and systems development. His responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing the Provost’s academic planning and budgeting process to advance the Vol Vision 2020 strategic plan;
  • Overseeing the budgets and financial operations of the units reporting to the Office of the Provost;
  • Supporting and assisting the colleges in budget development, reporting, planning, and analysis;
  • Providing guidance related to human resource planning and deployment;
  • Acting as the Provost’s liaison to the campus Division of Finance and Administration;
  • Developing processes and administrative tools for the collection and use of academic data on campus;
  • Providing expertise to the Vice Provosts and other offices within Academic Affairs in modeling, forecasting, developing, and disseminating academic data to guide decision-making in enrollment management, faculty recruitment and retention, graduate programs and research, and implementation of Vol Vision 2020;
  • Serving on the Student Information Systems Committee, which prioritizes tasks, upgrades, and support for Enterprise Resource Planning and other software solutions; and
  • Creating performance measurement and assessment metrics such as calculating a cost of instruction, and a return on investment for program funding and new academic initiatives.