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Global Engagement Champions

We are announcing a new series of feature stories called Global Engagement Champions. In this series, you will find stories about our faculty and staff who bring global opportunities that transform the lives of many students, those whose research impacts communities across the continent, and those who touch the lives of others through their outreach activities. You can nominate yourself or a colleague to be featured in the series by emailing

We would like to present to you our first global engagement champion, Dr. Sam Swan, Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, and Director of Global Programs and Outreach at the College of Communication and Information.

Swan has received two Fulbright Specialist awards that allowed him to teach at the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 2012 and two universities in Ethiopia in 2015. Swan recently received a grant from the US Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia that involves both the design and delivery of an online course in Serbia and a student exchange between the University of Tennessee and three universities in Serbia.

Read more about Dr. Swan’s global impact.