The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be recognized as a premiere metropolitan university, known for its outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic programs, scholarly and creative achievements, diversity and inclusiveness, and critical partnerships that take advantage of our setting to provide solutions to global concerns.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.
In fulfilling our mission, we are committed to our core values:
Preparing for the Future
- The development of ethical and socially responsible leaders, professionals, scholars, and citizens
- The creation of opportunities for those who seek truth, knowledge, and higher quality of life
Education and Engagement
- Excellence in teaching within a student-focused, supportive, and challenging environment
- Achievement and national recognition in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors
- Effective partnerships that provide meaningful involvement in educational, economic, and community development
Positive Institutional Environment
- A collegial, mutually respectful, and professionally rewarding environment
- Broad diversity of people and ideas to strengthen our institution and community
- Reasonable and affordable access to quality higher education
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga educates students to assist in the enlightening and disciplining of their minds and their preparation for ethical and active leadership in civic, cultural, and professional life. To achieve this, the University engages in the complementary and mutually supportive activities of teaching, research and service.
The University combines the advantages of a strong private tradition with those of a state-assisted institution. Dedicated to providing quality education to a diverse population approaching 10,000 students, UTC seeks to meet its responsibilities as an emerging metropolitan university, actively involved with regional municipalities, schools, business and industry and offering expanded instructional opportunities that respond to area needs. The University’s ability to fulfill this role is enhanced by continuing support from its alumni, community, and the University of Chattanooga foundation, a public, nonprofit organization which administers most of UTC’s private endowment.
The hallmark of the University is outstanding teaching by a talented and committed faculty. Small classes, personalized advising, and frequent opportunities to interact with faculty provide a student-oriented learning experience.
Research is a priority for the campus. Effective teaching and faculty involvement in scholarship, research and creative activities are interdependent. These activities foster the intellectual growth of the faculty, provide students with opportunities to participate in the development and application of new knowledge and enhance the region’s growth. A program of well-endowed centers and chairs, (including a significant number of chairs of Excellence) and professorships builds upon a tradition of faculty research.
The University’s programs provide both a firm grounding in the liberal arts and strong professional preparation. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a post-master’s specialist degree, and three doctoral degrees are awarded through our Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Health, Education and Professional Studies; and Engineering and Computer Science.
Education at UTC goes beyond the traditional classroom and laboratory as befits an institution where service is also a high priority. UTC faculty members continue to bring their professional expertise to bear on the concerns of the larger community. Moreover, the University takes advantage of its metropolitan location to provide firsthand learning experiences to students through career-related work experience. Innovative programs, such as our University Honors Program, serve exceptionally talented students. Off campus, the University offers credit and noncredit instruction for professional and intellectual development, extending its educational mission to an even broader range of citizens.
UTC has taken the land grant spirit and applied it in Tennessee and the surrounding region to effect positive social and economic change. In its constant pursuit of academic excellence, UTC is committed to several strategic imperatives:
- Claiming the assets of technology
- Recruiting, retaining and celebrating diversity in faculty, staff and students
- Demonstrating accountability
- Enhancing the learning environment
- Using evaluation to drive change
As UTC looks to its future and the emerging needs of the metropolitan region, it will continue its commitment to quality education, excellent research, and dedicated service.
When the Methodist Episcopal Church began to explore the possibilities of developing a central university in the South, Chattanoogans came forward to work with the church in this effort. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has developed an institutional excellence which rests on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American education.
For 83 years the University was a private school. Three years after its founding, the University was consolidated with another church-related school, East Tennessee Wesleyan University at Athens, under the name of Grant University. In 1907 the name University of Chattanooga was adopted.
In 1969 the University of Chattanooga and a junior college, Chattanooga City College, merged with The University of Tennessee, one of the oldest land-grant universities in the nation, to form the UTC campus. Pledged to the service of the entire state, The University of Tennessee has emerged as a statewide system consisting of four primary campuses. The new campus was given the mandate to devote the major portion of its resources to the development of excellence in undergraduate education and in selected areas of graduate study.
The University’s wide diversity of degree programs has attracted a current enrollment of more than 9,800 students representing all Tennessee counties, all states, and many foreign countries.
Accreditations and Memberships
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Telephone: 404-679-4501; Fax: 404-679-4558) to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degrees. It is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Chemical Society, the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education, the Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Association of School Psychologists, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Council on the Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Education Program, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
The University is a charter member of the Southern University Conference and is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Alumni Council, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association for Continuing Higher Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools, National University Extension Association, the Tennessee Colleges Association, and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.
Since 1969, students and faculty of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout
the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm, or by calling either of the contacts below.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:
- Monnie E. Champion
ORAU Corporate Secretary (865-576-3306); or
- Visit the ORAU Home Page (http://www.orau.org/)
The University is located only a few blocks from the urban area of Chattanooga, a city that is a magnet for tourists and rich in natural beauty. Chattanooga lies at the foot of Lookout and Signal Mountains where the Tennessee River forms Moccasin Bend. These sites possess historical significance as well as beauty in a city steeped in the heritage of the Civil War.
The cultural environment of Chattanooga is enhanced by contributions from the University and the many civic organizations that support the arts through dramatic productions, concerts, and art exhibits. The city also benefits from an unusually large number of private foundations which call Chattanooga home. City parks, public golf courses, and a 35,400 acre lake provide a variety of recreational activities.
With a population of about 169,864 in a metropolitan statistical area of over 514,568, Chattanooga is easily accessible from all parts of the nation by air and bus and is a pleasant two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.
The University’s urban campus is located within easy walking distance of the business section of Chattanooga as well as the 21st Century Waterfront. Students also enjoy the close proximity of the Bluff View Art District, the Tennessee Aquarium, the Walnut Street Bridge, and Coolidge Park.
The mission of The Graduate School is to provide rigorous advanced instruction, applied research opportunities, financial support, and other support services for graduate students. The Graduate School upholds high program and academic standards in serving the needs of the region, state, and nation. The Graduate School also takes into account the increasing availability of information and the resultant creation of knowledge made possible by advances in technology.
Vision Statement for Distance Education
The vision of graduate distance education is to provide high-quality courses and services so that students may access learning opportunities through the use of appropriate technology and alternative methods of delivery.
The Graduate Council is responsible for providing and periodically revising basic educational philosophy for graduate programs, for ensuring the maintenance of high standards in the graduate programs offered and for proposing and recommending to the Faculty Senate new graduate programs. The Graduate Council reviews new courses to be offered for graduate credit as well as other changes in the content of individual graduate programs. The Graduate Council is responsible for ensuring that general admission policies as established by the Board of Trustees and specific policies approved for individual graduate programs are maintained. The Graduate Council hears graduate students petitions and grade appeals. The Graduate Council reports its curriculum and standards actions to the Faculty Senate executive committee with recommendations for implementation or appropriate disposition.
Three (3) elected representatives from the College of Business, eight (8) from the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies: one (1) from Health and Human Performance, one (1) from Nursing, one (1) from Physical Therapy, one (1) from Learning and Leadership, and four (4) from other Education programs; seven (7) elected representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences (one from each graduate degree program); four (4) elected representatives from the College of Engineering and Computer Science (one from each graduate degree program); and one (1) at-large representative elected by the Faculty Senate from a department that does not offer a graduate degree program.
Members of Graduate Council serve two-year terms and are elected at the conclusion of the spring semester in odd-numbered years for a term of office beginning the following fall semester.
At its last spring meeting in odd-numbered years, the Graduate Council will elect a chair from among the voting members who represent one of the graduate programs. The chair will serve a two-year term.
Ex officio: The dean of The Graduate School, the associate dean of The Graduate School, the director of The Graduate School, and the dean of the Lupton Library.
Graduate Council Members 2010-11
Diane Halstead, Business (Marketing and Entrepreneurship)
Greg Thibadoux, Business (Accounting)
Mike Owens, Business (Accounting)
Roger Briley, Computational Engineering
Li Yang, Computer Science
Gale Iles, Criminal Justice
Hinsdale Bernard, Education
Tom Buggey, Education
John Freeman, Education
Kristi Gibbs, Education
George Helton, Education
Vicki Petzko (Chair), Education
Neslihan Alp, Engineering Management
Ahmed Eltom, Engineering
Joyce Smith, English
Joey Shaw, Environmental Science
Nicholas Boér, Health and Human Performance
Monte Coulter, Music
Chris Smith, Nursing
Cathie Smith, Physical Therapy
David Edwards, Political Science (Public Administration)
Brian O’Leary, Psychology
At Large Member 2010-11
Jonathan Mies, Geology
Ex-Officio Members 2010-11
|Stephanie Bellar, Graduate School
Raven Worthy, Graduate Student Association
Theresa Liedtka, Lupton Library