Feb 25, 2021  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Archived Catalog

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Core Values
Campus Overview
Accrediations and Memberships
University Administration



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 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. 


Core Values

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 


Campus Overview

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 continues to attract 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 Educational 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 Service members 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 monnie.champion@orau.org); or

Visit the ORAU Home Page (http://www.orau.org/)


University Administration  

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees 



The University of Tennessee Administration 




The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Administration 

Roger G. Brown, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Chancellor

Mary Tanner, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.,  Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Richard Brown, B.S. M.S., Ed.D., Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Information Technology

Robert E. Lyon, B.A., M.Ed., Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Executive Director of the University of Chattanooga Foundation

John Delaney, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Development

Rick Hart, B.A. Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Athletics Director

Karen Adsit, Ed.D., Dean of Lifelong Learning

A. Jerald Ainsworth, Jr., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School

Jeffrey  Ellwell, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Dooley, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business

Theresa Liedtka, B.S., M.L.S., Dean of the Libraries

William Sutton, B.S., M.E., M.M.E., Ph.D, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Anthony Lease, B.S., Ed.D., Interim Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies