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Dean Jeff Elwell

Dean's Welcome

Thank you for visiting our College website. You will be able to find a great deal of information about the College, individual departments, and programs that we offer. I thought I would also give you some information about our collective successes, some individual accomplishments and new appointments as we begin the 2016-17 academic year.

First, our college is the largest at UT Chattanooga with some 260+ full-time faculty members and more than 4100 student majors. When you consider that we also produce more than 90% of the general education credit hours, our college impacts almost every single one of the 11,533 students at UT Chattanooga.

On the administrative side, we welcome four individuals to new roles:

  • Matt Matthews, Professor of Mathematics is the new Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Jack Zibluk, Professor of Communication, is the new Head of the Department of Communication
  • Manuel Santiago, Professor of Chemistry, is the interim Head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • Lucas van der Merwe, Professor of Mathematics, is the interim Head of the Department of Mathematics

Several of our faculty, upon my recommendation, have been appointed or reappointed by Provost Jerald Ainsworth to professorships:

  • Jack Zibluk (Department of Communication) is the new Luther Massingill Professor
  • Michael Friedman (Department of Communication) is the new Frank S. McDonald Professor
  • Bryan Hampton (Department of English) has been reappointed as the James Kennedy Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Stephen Eskildsen (Department of Philosophy and Religion) has been reappointed as the North Callahan Distinguished Professor
  • Michelle Deardorff (Department of Political Science and Public Service) is the new Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government

New full-time faculty members (by Department) include:

  • Art: Assistant Professors Jordan Amirkhani and Jennifer Danos, as well as lecturers Mariya Vlasova and Astri Snodgrass
  • BGES: Assistant Professors DeAnna Beasley and Azad Hossain
  • Communication: Assistant Professor Sooyong Kim and lecturer William Weeks
  • English: Assistant Professor Jennifer Stewart
  • History: Assistant Professors Ryan Edwards and Fang Yu Hu
  • Mathematics: Assistant Professors Feng Bao, Billy Jackson, and Lakmali Weerasena
  • MCLL: Assistant Professors Monica Gariou, Carmen Jiminez, and Edwin Murillo
  • Music: Assistant Professor Allison Allerton and Visiting Assistant Professor Craig Davis
  • Political Science and Public Service: Assistant Professors Kody Cooper, Michelle Evans, and Jeremy Stickler
  • Psychology: Assistant Professors David Ferrier and Alexandra Zelin
  • Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies: Assistant Professors Ahmet Kule, Shannon McCarragher, and Shawn Trivette
  • Theatre: Assistant Professors Adam Miecielica and Anne Swedburg

Finally, we had a successful and productive year on several fronts including:

  • Fundraising: where we brought in $1.5 million as compared to $602,000 in 2014-15 and Donors grew from 398 to 722
  • Grants and Contracts: where we brought in $1.77 million as compared to $1.5 million in 2014-15
  • Distance Education: where we generated 8815 SCH as compared to 6603 in 2014-15
  • Summer School: where we grew by more than 750 SCH as compared to 2014-15

All of the four areas above help us educate and graduate more students and gives us more resources to work with for both students and faculty. I am looking forward to another successful year for our College. If you are a prospective student,

With Great Respect,

J. Scott (Jeff) Elwell, Dean
Email: jeffery-elwell@utc.edu