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John ZomchickJohn Zomchick has been named vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Provost Susan Martin announced on Wednesday that Zomchick, executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English, will take over for Sarah Gardial, who leaves July 1 to become the dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.

He will oversee the faculty promotion and tenure process and the recruiting, retaining, and training initiatives for faculty, Martin said.

“John is a seasoned faculty member and a proven administrator who will help advance our goals of recruiting and retaining talented faculty,” Martin said. “He joins us at a critical time, as we continue our journey toward becoming a Top 25 public research university.”

Zomchick came to UT in 1985 as an assistant professor in the English department and rose to the rank of full professor in 2000. His administrative roles included serving as head of the English department and college-level posts, including interim associate dean for academic programs and associate dean for academic personnel.

He has a bachelor of arts from Penn State and a master’s and a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University.

Zomchick received the University of Tennessee National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award in 1993 and the John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, as well as numerous research grants related to his academic specialty of eighteenth-century English literature.


Susan Martin (865-974-2445,