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Service is essential to the Volunteer experience and makes Rocky Top a special place. Every contribution through service—no matter how small—is an investment in our communities, demonstrating to others the world we help create.

The Jones Center for Leadership and Service has long been the campus hub for student service experiences, but they also assist faculty and staff in finding opportunities to get involved. In addition to the options listed below, faculty and staff can request a Jones Center ambassador to plan a service opportunity for departments or small groups.

Through June 2020, we’re asking faculty and staff to submit their service hours online. At the conclusion of UT’s 225th anniversary year, we will share a snapshot of the impact Volunteers have on their communities.

Looking for opportunities to serve? Here are some ideas from the Jones Center team:

Faculty are encouraged to submit professional public service hours; institutional and disciplinary service do not apply to this effort.

What Faculty and Staff Should Know About Student Service Tracking

UT students track their service hours through a different portal. Student service efforts have different parameters that do not apply to faculty and staff. Students are asked to enter their service activities within one month of completion. Through service activities, students can earn a bronze, silver, or gold medallion to wear at graduation.

The university’s broad definition of community service, taken from Campus Compact, is “action taken to meet the needs of others and to better the community as a whole.” The Jones Center further defines volunteer hours as noncompensated activities that are organized in partnership with a nonprofit organization and directly benefit the larger public or external community beyond UT. All types of service and volunteerism are encouraged, but only certain types of activities can be logged. The most important factor in determining an activity’s qualification is whether it serves an unmet need in the community, preferably one identified by a community partner organization.

Students should review the detailed JCLS service guidelines regarding volunteer hours. Those participating in the Chancellor’s Honors, Haslam Scholars, 1794 Scholars, or Honors Leadership Program should also review their program guidelines.


Maddie Stephens (865-974-3993,