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January 28, 2013

Thank You, Jan

Thank you, Jan

With much appreciation from the college, we will be holding Jan's retirement reception on Friday, February 15, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the atrium. To read about Jan's legacy, click here


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There is still time to nominate faculty, staff and students for university awards. Click here to see a list of university-level awards. Most awards are handled through department heads or the Dean's office, so please check the guidelines before submitting nominations. If you have any questions, contact the Dean's Office at 974-5061 or

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Executive Committee Meeting, January 22, 2013

The CBA executive committee met on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Following is the agenda, and brief summaries of the major agenda items are available as indicated.


Our plan for lecturer promotions that was submitted last year for 2013-14 was reviewed.


Annette Ranft reviewed with us the requirements and timetable for providing the required information for SACS accreditation.


In 2005, the CBA executive committee agreed on a general approach for managing faculty workloads. The objective was to create equity in workload, not just teaching loads, as had been the common practice earlier. We reviewed the 2005 unofficial policy, discussed several things that need to be changed, and agreed to provide input to the deans’ office by Feb. 11. We will then consider a redraft of the policy at the next executive committee meeting.


Steve will be on campus Thursday and Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. His original purpose for coming, the Academic Planning Meeting with the Provost, was rescheduled after he had already made his plans to come. He decided to come anyway and to have a series of meetings with individuals and groups, plus spend some time on personal matters related to moving. The executive committee will meet with him on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:00.


The Council of Deans (i.e., deans of UT colleges) meets every two weeks. At this executive committee of the CBA, we reviewed several policies that were discussed last week at the COD meeting: financial model for summer school, future faculty program, policy on programs for minors, and salary plan for full professors.

Here is a brief description of each:

Financial model for summer school - We discussed a new financial model for summer school that is intended to provide an incentive for colleges to expand summer offerings.

Future faculty program - This is a UT program intended to expose
underrepresented groups to UT. Our Dept. of Management participated last year and others are encouraged to do so this year.

Policy on programs for minors - This discussion involved a proposed UT policy on programs that bring minors to the campus. This includes regular students who are underage and high school students like those who participate in our BETS summer program. The issue is for us to take all possible precautions to protect them from any form of abuse.

Salary plan for full professors - UT is working on a proposal to provide full professors an opportunity to be evaluated for salary increases in seven-year increments, analogous to promotions raises.


Annette Ranft discussed the importance of all departments and faculty to coordinate with the undergraduate office on all course changes, drops and adds, academic dishonest issues, etc.

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Faculty and Staff News

Bill Neilson
William (Bill) Neilson, J. Fred Holly Chair of Excellence, became head of the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration on January 1. He succeeded Robert Bohm, who retired December 2012 after being department head for 10 years. For more information, click here.

Miquela HalesMiquela Hales
We are sad to announce that Miquela Hales has left the Dean's Office. Her last day was January 24. 

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Department News

Congratulations to the Business Analytics Master's program. Information Week came out with a list of Big Data Analytics Masters Degrees: 20 top programs. UT is on the list. The list includes a variety of Programs in Computer Science, Engineering, and Business. Click here to read the article.

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