On January 7, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek shared the good news that UT Knoxville has earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in partnership with the UT Institute of Agriculture. UT is now part of an elite group of just fifty-two universities in the “very high intensity” research classification to have earned this designation, which is another significant step toward becoming a Top 25 public research institution.
As part of UT’s Carnegie application 50 exemplar partnerships between UT colleges/schools/departments and the community were identified. These programs represent outstanding, two-way relationships that strengthen both the community and our academic programs.
The College of Communication and Information is involved in six of the fifty programs selected. The six programs from CCI that were highlighted in UT’s application were:
- Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature – SIS with the College of Education Health & Human Sciences and Hodges Library
- Public Library Service-Learning – Dr. Bharat Mehra (SIS)
- Service-Learning Capstone in Communications – Dr. Lisa Fall (AdvPR)
- Rural Library Professionals Program – Dr. Bharat Mehra (SIS)
- Eyes on LaFollette – Dr. Rob Heller (JEM)
- H.A.B.I.T. Human Animal Bond in Tennessee, School of Veterinary Medicine with assistance from other units including School of Information Sciences (Dr. Ed Cortez)
During the year each of the 50 programs will be highlighted individually. The first program to be highlighted was Professor Rob Heller’s Eyes on LaFollette project, http://engagement.utk.edu/blog/2014/eyes-on-lafollette-a-story-of-images/.
SIS Associate Professor Bharat Mehra served on the ORE advisory committee, which helped prepare the Carnegie application. “We are very proud of our community engagement programs and the expanded learning opportunities they offer our students,” said Dean Mike Wirth. “These programs extend the reach of our educators beyond our campus to touch the lives of many Tennessee residents.”