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With the new academic year, nine schools and departments are welcoming new directors and heads.

Unless noted otherwise, these new leaders assumed their roles this month:

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

  • CarrierDanielleJulie_webDanielle Julie “Julie” Carrier took over as head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science in April 2016. A professor who recently came to UT from the University of Arkansas, Carrier has research interests that include promoting the use of renewable energy production, specifically biofuels and co-product production from cellulosic biomass.

Arts and Sciences

  • Areas_2D_P-D_Faculty_WilsonDavid Wilson, School of Art. A professor who specializes in creating large temporary artworks, videos and drawings, Wilson been at UT since 1985 and previously served as the School of Art’s associate director. He has shown his artwork nationally and internationally and his videos have been featured in film festivals in the United States, Australia, Italy, and His art also has been featured in various periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsday.
  • Aleydis-Van-De-MoortelAleydis Van de Moortel, Department of Classics. A professor of classical archaeology, she has been at UT since 2002 and has previously served as associate department head. Her research interests include the rise and fall of complex societies in Aegean prehistory, Minoan pottery, the history of seafaring, and cultural interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. She co-directs the Mitrou Archaeological Project in central Greece.
  • goodrich_blairHeidi Goodrich-Blair, Department of Microbiology. A professor of bacteriology, Goodrich-Blair recently came to UT from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research, which focuses on beneficial and harmful bacterial interactions with nematodes and insects, has implications in the fields of biocontrol and microbial ecology. She co-chaired the UW-Madison cross-college biology major and edited the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Haslam College of Business

  • woidtke07Tracie Woidtke took over as head of the Department of Finance in January. A UT faculty member since 2003, she is the David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank of Tennessee Professor in Banking and Finance. She is also a Neel Corporate Governance Center Research Fellow. She formerly served as director of the finance PhD program. Her research focus is corporate governance.
  • cAutryChad Autry took over as head of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in February. Now theWilliam J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management, Autry came to UT in 2010.  He worked in retail and restaurant operations management before moving into academia, and has worked with numerous organizations, including American Airlines, ConAgra, Hallmark, Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross, and the US Department of Defense, to help improve supply chain strategies and processes.

Communication and Information

  • diane kellyDiane Kelly, School of Information Sciences. A professor who recently came to UT from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelly conducts research focusing on interactive information search and retrieval, information search behavior, and research methods.
  • luther_pic_2Catherine Luther, School of Journalism and Electronic Media. On the faculty since 1998, Luther teaches in the areas of international journalism, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods. Before moving into academia, she worked in both the United States and Japan as a producer of television news.

Education, Health, and Human Sciences

  • david bassettDavid Bassett Jr. became interim head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies in May. He has been at UT since 1988, and his main research interest is the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans. He directs the Applied Physiology Laboratory.



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