The Campus Partners Committee, facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement, is comprised of units across campus and works to embed global engagement to our campus. The Committee’s focus is to deepen the global vision on our campus and prepare students, staff and faculty for active global citizenship. The Center for Global Engagement desires to maintain resilience as a higher education institution and is steadfast to the global learning that our students must develop and internationalization that our campus must adopt. The Committee’s approach to guidance and program development is interdisciplinary and together with the Center for Global Engagement will advocate and promote efforts to internationalize the curriculum, provide opportunities for students to study abroad and work to increase the number and diversity of students on campus. We will foster collaborations with international faculty and higher education institutions around the world.
David R. Ader, PhD
Assistant Director, Research Assistant Professor
Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture
Institute of Agriculture
Dr. David Ader works as an interdisciplinary scholar in the fields of sustainable agriculture and rural development. His expertise and research interests include population dynamics of rural communities, sustainable agriculture development for smallholder farmers, and nutrition-sensitive agricultural approaches for development. Ader holds a dual PH.D from Penn State University in Rural Sociology and Demography. His current research focuses on rural communities in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America.
Kate Atchley, PhD
Graduate & Executive Education
James A. Haslam II College of Business
Kate Atchley earned her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee. Prior to joining the university, Atchley worked in Thailand as an organizational-change consultant; she was a guest lecturer at Burapha University where she conducted classes in cognitive and emotional intelligence as it related to employee selection. From 2001-2013, she also was the managing partner of the Tennessee Assessment Center, a. company specializing in the selection and development of executives and managers. Her areas of interest include employee selection, executive development, physician leadership, and change management. She has been nominated for the college’s Al Keally Outstanding Lecturer Award and, numerous times, for the Physician’s Executive MBA Outstanding Teacher award. In 2019, she was awarded HCB’s Richard D. Sanders Award for Leadership in Executive Education.
Nicole Bryant, MPPA
Nicole Bryant is a UT alum and earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration in 2019. She has broad experience working with diverse communities and local governments both in the US and abroad. Prior to joining OCEO, she worked with UT researchers in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Megan Bryson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Head
Department of Religious Studies
Megan Bryson’s research focuses primarily on themes of gender and ethnicity in Chinese religions, especially in the Dali region of Yunnan Province. The geographical specificity of her work is balanced by its temporal breadth, which ranges from the Nanzhao (649-903) and Dali (937-1253) kingdoms to the present, as reflected in her monograph, Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China (Stanford University Press, 2016), which traces the worship of a local deity in Dali from the 12th to 21st centuries. Bryson has also published several journal articles in such venues as the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Asia Major.
Department of Religious Studies
Erin Darby is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee and the co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan. She graduated with her Ph.D in Religious Studies from Duke University in 2011. Erin has been the recipient of several awards, including a number of travel fellowships supporting her research at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, in Nicosia, Cyprus, and at the Damascus and Aleppo Museums in Syria. She also received a State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Research Fellowship (2007) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2016) for her work at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
Daniel J. Dominguez
Coordinator, Multicultural Student Life
Daniel (Danny) Dominguez currently serves as a Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Life. In his role, Danny supports the Native American, Asian American, and Latin American student organizations in community building, leadership and identity development, and multicultural competence. He also works with campus and community partners to create programming for national Heritage Months at the University.
Danny received his Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In his free time, Danny enjoys being outdoors, trying new foods, and going to sporting events.
Paul K. Gellert
Dr. Paul K. Gellert is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of natural resources and development in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and the world, focusing on the socionatural and political aspects of coal, palm oil and other extractive industries. He is co-editor (with fellow sociologists, Scott Frey (deceased) and Harry Dahms) of Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Palgrave, 2019). His recent publications have appeared in Globalizations, Sociology of Development, and the 4th edition of The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Politics and Uneven Development under Hyperglobalisation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).
Emma Kate Hall
Student Services Director, Student Government Association
Lorna Hollowell, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Education and Development
Office of Equity and Diversity
Lorna Hollowell joined the Vol family in September, 2019 and serves as the Assistant Director of Education and Development in the Office of Equity &
Diversity and the Division of Diversity & Engagement (DDE). She plays a critical role in developing organizational capacity to align the university’s Vol Values for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion with its policies, practices, structures, climate, and culture through the coordination and facilitation of diversity education opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. She serves as the Chair of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Advisory Board, Advisor to the DDE Student Advisory Board, and a member of the UT Libraries Diversity Committee. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration here at UTK. Her passion for engaging with diverse people and for experiencing International cultures has provided her opportunities to travel abroad to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Czech Republic, Europe; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and most recently in Cape Town, South Africa.
Noriko J. Horiguchi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair
Noriko J. Horiguchi is an Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.
During her tenure at UT, Horiguchi has also held Visiting Scholarships at the University of Tokyo (2019 and 2007), Kyoto University (2016); and Visiting Associate Professorships at Kobe University (2014), the University of Pennsylvania (2009–2010), and Josai International University (July 2010, 2011, 2012).
Yujie Huang, Ph.D.
Faculty Consultant for Inclusive Teaching
Teaching and Learning Innovation
Yujie Huang serves as the Faculty Consultant for Inclusive Teaching in Teaching & Learning Innovation. In this role, she develops and implements the Inclusive Teaching Certificate Program for faculty at UT. Additionally, she provides consultations, individual & group training to faculty and graduate students on teaching practices in the college classroom to promote student learning. She also supports efforts and professional development activities at UT related to teaching and learning in higher education. Yujie earned her Ph.D. in agricultural sciences education and communication from Purdue University. Her research interests include culturally responsive teaching and learner-centered teaching in higher education.
Hollyann Larson is a graduate student in the College Student Personnel M.S. Program. She is a graduate assistant at the International House and specializes in fostering connections with campus partners to facilitate intercultural learning spaces. She was born and raised in Southern California and spent a semester abroad in Glasgow, Scotland during her undergraduate degree. Off campus, she loves exploring the outdoors and playing games with her family.
Center for Student Engagement & Success
Haslam College of Business
Allison LeClere is a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad in the Center for Student Engagement & Success Center in the Haslam College of Business. Allison joined the Haslam community in May of 2017 and serves as a frontline resource for undergraduate business students who are interested in studying abroad. Prior to completing her Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University, Allison taught English through Fulbright Programs in Frankfurt, Germany for two years.
Director of the Center for Student Alumni Programs
Office of Alumni Affairs
Gina received her bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2008 and received her master’s degree in public administration in 2013 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She joined the UT Office of Alumni Affairs in July 2014 after spending five years with the UT Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Gina serves as the Director of the Center for Student Alumni Programs. Gina works to develop enriched relationships between students and alumni and serves as a resource for the student body regarding alumni, campus, and service activities. She also works to achieve an increased sense of school spirit among students by developing programs designed to engage students in the life of the university. These initiatives include “I Heart UT Week,” class ring, career networking, and others. Additionally she is responsible for recruitment, orientation, training, retention, goal setting, and evaluation of the the student organization within the Office of Alumni Affairs–the Student Alumni Associates (SAA).
Jos Ramos Mendez
Office for the Vice Provost of Student Success
and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Jos Ramos currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Vice Provost of Student Success.
In her role, she provides direct assistance to the Vice Provost and aids in managing events and other administrative tasks for the division. Prior to her role, Jos, who is from Venezuela originally, lived and worked in the English as a Second Language industry in Poland, specifically in Warsaw as an instructor and Assistant Methodologist.
Lisa Y.F. Parker, PhD
Assistant Director of Language and World Business
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. Lisa Y.F. Parker is the Assistant Director of the Language and World Business Program in the Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures Department from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a Senior Lecturer for Hispanic Studies whose principal area of instruction are Spanish Upper Division Grammar and Composition, Business Culture and Service Learning Abroad. Dr. Parker has been leading the Service-Learning Course in Costa Rica since 2017, and in 2019, was able to include Chile and Costa Rica simultaneously. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Parker worked in the medical industry as part of upper management for over 19 years. She is also a U.S. Army Veteran Officer.
Assistant Professor, Chair, Arabic Program
Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
Drew Paul received his BA from Emory University, and his MA and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. At Tennessee, he teaches all levels of Arabic language as well as courses on Middle Eastern literature, film, and culture. He is currently completing work on a book manuscript entitled Deceptive Walls: Fracturing Borders in Palestine and Israel, which examines the depiction of checkpoints, walls, and other border spaces in the region.
Assistant Vice Provost of Student Success
Division of Student Success
CortneyJo Sandidge, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success, works closely with First-Year Programs, New Student Orientation, Academic Inclusive Initiatives, and the newly created program UT Success Academy. She is responsible for ensuring scholars have a successful first year and experience.
Andrew Seidler, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
Andrew Seidler is Director of UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships. Under his leadership the past five years, UT has emerged as one of the nation’s top-producing Fulbright institutions and has had back-to-back Rhodes Scholars, its first-ever Gates Cambridge and Mitchell Scholars, its first Marshall Scholar in 35 years, and, in 2020, a Goldwater all-time record five scholars. Andrew received the Chancellor’s Ready for the World Citation in 2016 and, prior to working at UT, was an editor, book reviewer, and newspaper reporter. His newswriting was recognized by the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association and the Illinois Press Association. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College and a master’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University.
Associate Professor, Humanities Librarian
Allison L. Sharp is an Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries. She is the librarian to several departments and centers on campus including the Center for Global Engagement, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, Africana Studies, Middle East Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Her primary responsibilities are to provide research assistance to students and faculty and to build collections of global materials to support study in these areas.
Sam Swan, Ph.D.
CCI Director of Global Programs and Outreach, Professor
Dr. Swan was named Director of Internationalization and Outreach for the College of Communication and Information in 2006. He has helped develop five study abroad programs for the college and lead a group of students to Prague in May of 2014. He developed the CCI Global Communication Scholars Program in Sydney, Australia in 2016.
Jennifer L. Webster, MA, CRA
Interim Director, Research Development
Manager, Research Development
Office of Research & Engagement
Jennifer Webster is the interim director of Research Development (RD), which provides services and activities to support and grow research, scholarship, and creative activities at UT. She joined RD in 2014, after spending 5 years in the Office of Sponsored Programs. As an RD manager, she provides capture management and proposal development services that support large-scale or strategically significant research opportunities and increased federal agency engagement. She holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Tennessee, and an MA in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Krista E. Wiegand
Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, Global Security Program
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Krista E. Wiegand is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Security Program at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Wiegand specializes in international conflict management and political violence, specifically conflict resolution, territorial and maritime disputes, mediation, rebel and terrorist group violence, and East Asian and Middle East security. She has written two books – Enduring Territorial Disputes: Strategies of Bargaining, Coercive Diplomacy, & Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2011) and Bombs and Ballots: Governance by Islamic Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups (Routledge, 2010), and written more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. Wiegand was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines in 2017 and is currently involved in data projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.
James Williams, PhD, DM, CHE, CC
James Williams serves as an associate professor (tenured) at the University of Tennessee and is the owner of UnmaskYTP, LLC, training domestic and international leaders to function in joy while seeking curiosity in every pursued endeavor. He teaches mindfulness, various leadership tactics, and one-on-one coaching to build brighter leaders for the future. He has worked with leaders in Spain, South Korea, Bulgaria, China, and at many Fortune 100 companies.
Dr. Williams earned six degrees (two doctorates), Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He honorably served the United States Air Force, winning Airman of the Year. He played professional arena football for the Raleigh Rebels (2005-2006). Dr. Williams has industry experience in the dental, banking, sales, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, hotels, and education. He is also a Certified Hospitality Educator and trainer.