Black Faculty and Staff Association


Ms. Thura Mack

Professor/Librarian Coordinating for Community Services and Diversity Programs Hometown – Valdosta, Georgia  What brought you to UT? I came to UT in search of an undergraduate degree in American Literature, which was my planned first step in becoming a librarian. What […]

Dr. Melissa Shivers

 Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life &  Strategic Initiatives 865-974-7449 mshivers@utk.edu Hometown –  Commerce, Georgia What brought you to UT?  Great career decision and Knoxville would be the largest city that I’ve lived AND worked during my 17-year career. What […]

Dr. Ronald McFadden

Director, Educational Advancement Program (Student Support Services) 865-974-7900 mcfadden@utk.edu  Hometown - Harlem, New York, New York  What brought you to UT? I was searching for an opportunity to work with disadvantaged students.  What is your favorite book you have read or are […]

Ms. Debra Ann Lawrence

Food Service Worker Aramark Services Hometow: Knoxville, TN What brought you to UT? Needed a job What is your favorite book or current reading? The Bible What is the best advice you have ever received? I can achieve anything if I put my mind […]

Ms. Tenisha Jenkins

Director Office of Multicultural Student Life and the Black Cultural Center tjenkins@utk.edu 865-974-6861 Hometown – Clinton, SC What brought you to UT? Employment as the Associate Director of Minority Student Affairs  What is your favorite book or current reading? I am currently […]

Dr. Jioni A. Lewis

Assistant Professor Psychology Department jalewis@utk.edu 865-974-3328   Hometown: San Jose, California What brought you to UT?: The opportunity to work as an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program, which has a strong focus on multicultural and social justice issues. […]

Ms. Sharonne L. Winston

Administrative Specialist II Student Success Center 865-974-2483 swinston@utk.edu Hometown:  Knoxville What brought you to UT?  Free education for myself What is your favorite book or current reading?  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston What is the best […]

Ms. Rita Stewart

Pasta Specialist Aramark  “The Corn Muffin Lady” Hometown? Buford, SC What brought you to UT? Opportunity What is your favorite book or current reading? Iceberg Slim Novels What is the best advice you have ever received? Calm down and listen Who has had the […]

Ms. Janice L. Wilson

 Food Production & Cashier Aramark  Hometown? Montgomery, AL What brought you to UT? Looking for a job What is your favorite book or current reading? What is the best advice you have ever received? Who has had the biggest influence on your […]

Dr. Mark Dean

John Fisher Distinguished Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department 865-974-5784 markdean@utk.edu Hometown – Jefferson City, TN What brought you to UT? – Interest in doing research in an academic environment and my close relationship with the College of Eng. […]

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