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Welcome Future UTK Faculty

Ranked among the nation’s top public universities, the University of Tennessee Knoxville is the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier land-grant institution. We are a campus that thrives on excellence and innovation, rooted in a rich tradition of leadership and public service. Locally, nationally, and globally, Volunteers shape communities by giving back and leading the way. Explore our open faculty positions and see what it means to be Volunteer!

We know how much is possible when we unite individual talents and aspirations, put compassion front and center, and step forward together as Volunteers.  We need you to help us realize our strategic vision, which is focused on creating a world enriched by our ideas, improved through our actions, and inspired by the Volunteer spirit of service and leadership. Hear from our Chancellor, Provost, and other campus leaders about our bold new strategic vision.

Faculty Support

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is committed to supporting faculty so they can thrive and succeed. With a strong mentoring program across the career lifespan, manageable teaching loads, competitive start-up funds, and university support for teaching and research innovation and success, faculty members at UTK are poised to make a difference.

We offer several programs to help faculty grow and learn, connect with others from across campus, and pursue their career goals.

We are an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and offer a full suite of programming facilitated by NCFDD instructors and scholarships for faculty to attend the Faculty Success Program and the Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program.

Teaching, Research, Service and Engagement

We seek faculty who have experience in — or the potential for — building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in research, teaching, mentoring, life experiences, perspectives, and service. We seek faculty who have a strong desire to work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds and who are eager to give back to their communities.

An abundance of UTK offices are here to help you pursue your goals, aspirations, and ongoing professional development, including:


Relax and Have Fun

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, outstanding athletic opportunities, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes.

Knoxville’s diverse community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History.

Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live and Forbes recently ranked UTK as one of the top ranked places to work.

Join Us on Rocky Top

We want to hear from you!  For questions about UTK faculty life, contact:

Dr. Diane Kelly
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Dr. Javiette Samuel
Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach