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Ingram, Lippy faculty honors noted

Two members of the UTC faculty were recently honored for their achievements.

The Board of Governors of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association (UTNAA) recently elected Debbie Ingram, PT, Ed.D. as the Vice President for 2005-2006. Dr. Charles Lippy, of the Department of Philosophy and Religion was recently interviewed in the premier newsletter for the international study of religion, Religious Studies News.

Debbie Ingram,
PT, Ed.D.
Ingram is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and a UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also serves on the UTC Alumni Board and the UTC Trustee Advisory Council.

“I am honored to serve as the Vice President of The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association,” Ingram said. “As a graduate of both the Chattanooga and Knoxville campuses and currently serving as a faculty member at UTC, I recognize the value of higher education for the future of our local community and state. I will be an advocate for the University, encouraging increased state funding as we have experienced the additional financial burden falling to our students and their families.”

The UTNAA represents the 330,000 alumni of the Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis (Health Science Center), and Tullahoma campuses of the University of Tennessee, with 95 active alumni chapters. Ingram is a former President of the Hamilton County Chapter.

Ingram’s previous leadership experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners, Vice President of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (national organization of licensing boards), and member of Board of Directors of Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as the Academic Chairman of Clinical Education. Locally, she serves as the Vice President of the Chattanooga Ballet Board of Directors, Advisory Board Member for Contin-U-Care, Board Member of the Baylor School Parent Alliance, and deacon at First Baptist Church. She is married to David Ingram, and they are the parents of a daughter, Alex.

Dr. Charles
H. Lippy
Dr. Charles H. Lippy, the Leroy A.Martin Distinguished Professor, was profiled recently in the May, 2005 premier issue of Religious Studies News, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world's largest professional association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion.

“This is an extraordinary honor for any religion scholar, but most especially for Lippy and for UTC since very few schools besides the major research universities are ever the home of the recipients of this honor,” said Dr. William Harman, Head Department of Philosophy and Religion. “For many years, Chuck Lippy's prolific scholarship has brought significant distinction to the University and to our Department, and we are glad to see this public, international recognition.”

An expert on popular religion in the United States, Lippy is currently working on several major writing projects. He is the author of Pluralism comes of age: American religious culture in the twentieth century, named one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) of 2001" by the editor and publisher of Choice Magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

He has also written Modern American Popular Religion; Being Religious, American Style; and The Evangelicals: A History, Themes, and Biographies.

July 29, 2005

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