21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference

The deadline for poster abstracts for the 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference has been extended to Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission form by 5 p.m. Please see the full announcement for details. Submissions are accepted from researchers, faculty, and graduate students from a variety of traditional biomedical fields and nontraditional fields, such as geography. Posters that have previously been presented elsewhere will be accepted.

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AKA Job Postings

New Job Listings for December 8-15, 2017

Find current position postings on the American Kinesiology Association site here: http://www.americankinesiology.org/current-openings New postings include:

Arizona State University

Assistant Professor – Biomechanics

Coastal Carolina University

Lecturer of Exercise and Sport Science

Georgia Southern University

Lecturer of Kinesiology
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology
Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology – Search 67520
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Motor Behavior
Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Monmouth College

Assistant Professor

University of Florida
Lecturer/Sr. Lecturer
Lecturer/Sr. Lecturer

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Nomination Form for 2018 Chancellor’s Excellence in Advising/Mentoring Award

The following is from Pat Rutenberg, Co-Chair of the Teaching and Learning Council for the Faculty Senate. You are encouraged to share not only with faculty, but students, as well. Questions can be directed to pbrake@utk.edu.

Nomination Form for 2018 Chancellor’s Excellence in Advising/Mentoring Award   
As a part of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s “Vol Vision 2020” plan, the Chancellor desires to recognize advisors of students who you believe have distinguished themselves as highly committed to the advising and mentoring of students on this campus. Two awards will be given to professional college advisors/advising administrators for undergraduate advising and two awards to faculty for either undergraduate advising or graduate mentoring, for a total of four awards.


professional college advisor/advising administrator is defined as staff serving within one of the nine colleges’ advising centers/offices whose primary role is undergraduate advising or leading undergraduate college-based advising programs. Nominations should be for those staff members who have demonstrated the ability to guide and encourage students to reach their goals and go beyond what they otherwise might have achieved. The nominee will be an individual who has excelled in these responsibilities for a minimum of three years. Other academic support/enhancement staff are not eligible for this particular award.


Faculty who advise and mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students are eligible for this award. Nominations should be for those faculty who have demonstrated the ability to guide and encourage students to reach their goals and go beyond what they otherwise might have achieved. The nominee will be an individual who has excelled in these responsibilities for a minimum of three years.


We encourage you to nominate an individual who has excelled in these responsibilities over the past three years. In order to do this, please complete the nomination form herehttps://senate.utk.edu/2018-nomination-form-for-chancellors-excellence-in-advising/. Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2017.  Those nominating someone are asked to provide at least three references for the nominee from the nominee’s director/department head, colleagues at UTK, and students.

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Stipend for research on work, rehabilitation and disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. According to the website, “the objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students.” The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

To be eligible, applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students in fall 2018. Selected students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program.

The granting agency is planning to have two informational conference calls on January 31, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. and February 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Interested students and faculty mentors are invited to attend. Any students interested in applying and faculty mentors are invited to attend the call, which will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application and answer any questions. To attend, register for the January or February conference call. If you have any questions, contact the granting agency at ardraw@policyresearchinc.org.

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GTA@OIT Grant Opens

Spring deadline:
Friday, February 21, 2018

Do you know of a Graduate Teaching Associate interested in reworking the content of a course for delivery in Online@UT (Canvas)?

Twice a year (fall and spring), OIT offers GTAs an opportunity to receive a GTA@OIT Grant, which includes one-on-one instructional design consulting, classroom technology training, and help in using Canvas features such as communication, assessment, and evaluation.

Recipients of this grant also receive a monetary award to be used for travel and/or professional development purposes.

For more information, visit GTA@OIT.

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Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Just a reminder that the Fall 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony will be on December 14th, at 4:30 at Thompson-Boling Arena. Participants are requested to be there by 3:30. Doctoral candidates and their hooding faculty should meet in the Ray Mears Room, with candidates wearing their robe and carrying their hood. Master’s and Specialist in Education candidates should register at the Master’s Check-In area, which will be located in the East Hallway nearest to the G-10 garage. Master’s and Specialist in Education candidates will wear their hoods for the entire duration of the ceremony.

Be aware of the security protocols at Thompson-Boling, to avoid delays getting into the arena. This means particularly that the Clear-Bag Policy is in effect (if you’re not sure what that is, read the security protocols). And participants should be aware that there will not be a place to secure personal items, so only essential items should be brought to the event.

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Thornton Center looking for Academic Mentors

Dear Gradaute Students,

before you consider the opportunity advertised below, keep in mind that if you already have an Assistantship with a one-half (50%) time appointment (i.e., 20 hours per week), the department does not support requests for additional, on-goining pay. Thus you would not receive the neccessary approval from the Dean of the Graduate School to take the position advertised below (see more details see the KRSS Graduate Handbook).

If you do not have an assistantship or have a one- fourth (25%) time appointment (i.e., 10 hours per week), you may consider this opportunity:

The Thornton Center is seeking graduate students or those who have already earned a Master’s degree with the following characteristics:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong academic background
  • Enthusiastic

What is an Academic Mentor?

  • Mentors are assigned to student-athletes during their first semester at the University of Tennessee to help them develop various skills, including organization, time management, communication, and study strategies.
  • Mentors encourage student-athletes to improve self-responsibility, self-directedness, and other necessary skills to achieve their goals both in the classroom and in life.
  • Mentors foster student-athletes’ long term academic progress by guiding them in the development of effective study and communication skills.

Interested in Becoming an Academic Mentor?

  • Check out the Thornton Center website at http://thorntoncenter.net/programs-services-3/evolve/.
  • Under ‘Interested in Becoming a Mentor’, select ‘Click here.’
  • Be prepared to submit the following application materials:
    • Cover letter, Resume, and Transcripts
    • Contact information for two professional references


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