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Director, Human Resources Services, UT Institute of Agriculture

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), located in Knoxville, TN is seeking a Director, Human Resource Services to provide leadership, vision, and direction for HR operations reflective of the services and mission of UTIA.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the ideal candidate  pursues and encourages innovative solutions and collaboration to meet the changing needs of the organization. The Director will develop strategic direction and goals, guide implementation, and develop innovative HR approaches for the Institute to ensure effectiveness while also capitalizing on opportunities for consistency and efficiency. Essential to our environment is a leader who demonstrates uncompromised honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. We are interested in candidates whose reputation is one of a trusted relationship-builder with an unfailing commitment to transparency and excellence. Equally important is a dedication to the importance and applicability of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of operations.

For the full position details and to formally apply, please visit Director, Human Resources Services


Inaugural Executive Director: The Institute for American Civics

The Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a new opportunity to foster civic engagement, renew civic learning, and increase civic skills among UT students and Tennesseans statewide. The Institute is searching for an inaugural Executive Director to set its strategic direction and lead its growth.

Our goal is to set the pace among American universities in restoring the nation’s civics health.

Last spring, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and state lawmakers appropriated $6 million to support the Institute in the FY22–23 state budget and $4 million in recurring funds thereafter. The Institute is located in what is now the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy in Knoxville, the state’s flagship university campus. Pending appropriate approval by the Board of Trustees, the Institute will be part of a new Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs to be launched in Summer 2023 and has the opportunity to be engaged in both undergraduate and graduate level academic programs. Senator Baker’s legacy of public service and the pursuit of common ground provide an ideal foundation for the mission of the Institute.

The Institute has been launched with extraordinary bipartisan support. Enabling legislation passed the state legislature by a 120-6 margin, with the few “no” votes coming from Republicans and Democrats in equal number. The Institute has named a 13-person bipartisan board to govern its operations, led by political and academic leaders from across the ideological spectrum, including two former Tennessee governors of both major parties and chaired by A.B. Culvahouse, UT alum and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia.

More information can be found at: Howard H Baker Center for Public Policy: Institute for American Civics  and the full job description may be found at Executive Director, Institute for American Civics.     

 Candidates from a broad set of backgrounds will be considered. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by January 10, 2023.  Interested parties should reach out, in confidence, with any inquiries or nominations to:

Paul Chou, Senior Client Partner

John Elkerton, Managing Associate

Korn Ferry


Professor and  Head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies

Fall, 2023

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences seeks a creative, dynamic, and strategically-oriented individual to serve as the Head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies.

The department provides undergraduate students an opportunity to major in either kinesiology or recreation and sport management. Graduate students (MS and PhD programs) can choose to specialize in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology/motor behavior, physical activity of epidemiology, sport management, therapeutic recreation, or socio-cultural studies. In addition to our majors, the department also serves approximately 5,500 UT students per year in promoting wellness and active living through course offerings ranging from swimming, jogging, conditioning, and strength training, to tennis, yoga, martial arts, golf, ice skating, softball, and soccer.

For the full position announcement, and to formally apply, please visit:

Professor & Head: Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies


Professor and Head of the Department of Nutrition

Fall, 2023

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) seeks a visionary, strategically-oriented individual to serve as professor and head of the Department of Nutrition.

The successful candidate will provide leadership during a time of significant change and growth within the department and, accordingly, must have ideas about how to grow enrollment, to increase external research funding, and to deepen commitment to community impact. The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the translational nature of the field of nutrition, from basic and applied science to public health and policy perspectives, and will embrace the opportunities and the challenges inherent in the dialectical tensions between the goals of an R1 and land-grant institution. Further, the University of Tennessee Knoxville is seeking leaders who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department and beyond.

For the full position announcement, and to formally apply, please visit:

Professor and Head of the Department of Nutrition


Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS)

Fall, 2023

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) is accepting applications for the Child and Family Studies Department Head.

The successful candidate will bring demonstrated leadership experience to a department that is undergoing significant growth. The incoming head is expected to guide the department in its mission related to teaching, research, and service; and have a passion for children, youth, and families along with a commitment to improving the welfare and well-being of communities. The head will serve as an advocate for the department to external constituents and administration and must possess the skill to effectively foster an environment of of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect. The department seeks someone who will serve as an advocate to external constituents and university administration and guide the department in its mission related to teaching, research, and service.

For the full position announcement and to formally apply, please visit:

Professor & Head: Department of Child & Family Studies