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April 2019: Faculty/Staff Notes


Longtime CCI staff members Diana Hall and Gary Peterman recently retired after dedicating their careers to tirelessly helping students behind the scenes. We wish them all the best in their retirement!
Diana Hall - Retirement
Hall served as administrative services assistant to the CCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs and worked at UT for 26 years (1992-2018). Her primary work was with graduate students, assisting them from recruitment through graduation. She retired earlier this year but continued to work part-time to help out until her successor, Margaret Taylor, was in place.
Gary Peterman - Retirement
Peterman retired after 31 years at UT (1976-81, 1990-94, 1995-2019). He served as a senior advisor in the CCI Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising and spent countless hours advising and helping CCI undergraduates throughout his career.


Maureen Taylor Leaving
Professor and Director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations Maureen Taylor is leaving the University of Tennessee at the end of May to become a professor of Strategic Communication in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Although her primary office will be on the other side of the world, she will still remain a part of UT’s research team for the interdisciplinary Russian misinformation campaign study, which recently received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative.
ADPR Professor Sally McMillan will serve as interim director of ADPR effective June 1, 2019. She has been a CCI faculty member since 1999. Prior administrative roles in which McMillan has served at UT include: UT Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2010-15) and CCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs(2005-09).


Margaret Taylor has moved from the CCI Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising to the Office of the CCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs, where she is now the administrative services assistant.
Abigail Blanker is an advisor in the CCI Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising, coming to UT from Pacific Lutheran University where she was the Transfer Student Success Advisor.
Karli Sanders is CCI’s marketing and communication specialist, a brand-new role for the college. She is an advertising graduate from UT (BS ’10) and spent nine years in various positions at Scripps Networks Interactive and Discovery. She was most recently a marketing and sales specialist for McHale Performance, a Knoxville-based engineering firm.