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Long-Time JEM Professor and CCI Staff Member to Retire

JEM Professor Barbara Moore and CCI Administrative Specialist II and Assistant to the Dean Sherry McNair are retiring at the end of Spring Semester 2011. We are very grateful to both of them for their many years of dedicated service, and we wish them the best in their retirement!

Dr. Barbara MooreJEM Professor Barbara Moore is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service.   When asked why, Dr. Moore simply said, “It’s time.” She has three goals for the next phase of her life: 1) have a better diet by learning to cook appetizing meals with “healthy” foods, 2) learn to quilt and 3) do more traveling, particularly internationally, with a London trip planned for September.  Her advice to those just beginning their journey as educators is to always stay focused on the most important aspect of being a teacher: “make sure students are learning what you want them to learn;  concentrating on teaching will make all the other pieces of the puzzle fall into place,” said Moore.  Moore’s greatest delight has been in those classroom moments when she saw a student’s eyes light up with comprehension and enlightment.  Those moments were “a wonderful high,” according to Moore.

Outside of the classroom, Moore is most proud of her involvement in helping to join the Broadcasting and Journalism departments into the current School of Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM).  She said the team was able to make a very difficult task look easy because of the combined efforts stemming from mutually agreed on goals. 

Originally from Memphis, Moore plans to remain in Knoxville where the ‘town and gown’ folks have formed an unusual bond through their love and support of the UT Vols. 

The retirement party for Moore will be May 10 from 3 – 5 PM in the Scripps Convergence Lab.


Sherry McNairSherry McNair is retiring after twenty-five years of dedicated service to CCI and UTK She says her favorite time at the University was when she worked in the Department of Speech Communication (now the School of Communication Studies) and Peyton Manning was a student.  McNair said Manning was a very nice young man, but his presence as a major resulted in a lot of attention and activity, which made her job all the more interesting.    

Having worked with three CCI Deans, McNair shared that she is most proud of her citation from the Chancellor for extraordinary service.  She is also proud of her two sons; one a UTK graduate and the other a current UTK student majoring in JEM. 

After retirement, McNair plans to complete several projects around the house. She also hopes to ‘downsize’ her lifestyle leaving her more time for entertainment and travel, including hoped for visits to Italy and Greece along with more local trips with friends.  McNair enjoys music and attending concerts with her husband, John, who is CCI’s director of technology. 

“UT is a wonderful place to work,” says McNair. “Coming from the small tourist town of St. Augustine, FL, Knoxville has more opportunities for enlightenment, especially working on a college campus.”  She went on to say she learned a lot from simply being in the workplace with highly educated people.  She feels the diversity of cultures and opinions to which she was exposed while working at UT helped her be more open-minded.  She also indicated that her time in the dean’s office during CCI’s creation was an exciting time to work for the college.