Join Scholarly Communications as a Graduate Assistant in 2022-2023!

Graduate Assistants (GA) support Scholarly Communications activities in the Library by assisting with administration of the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, including creating promotional and training materials, preparing Open Educational Resources for dissemination, and supporting related research. In consultation with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, GAs will work on projects based on the students’ learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals as well as unit needs. Students who successfully complete projects in Scholarly Communications gain important transferable skills and exposure to professional software applications and data management strategies that help prepare them for further study or careers in a wide range of fields, including English, Psychology, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Education.

Position Details

The Scholarly Communications Graduate Assistantship spans the 2022-2023 academic year during the Fall and Spring semesters with the possibility of renewal for the 2023-2024 academic year. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 20 hours/week for a total of 280 hours/semester. The successful applicant will be awarded a $4,500/semester stipend and maintenance fee waiver (nine hours per semester) for the fall and spring semesters.

Information about graduate assistantships, including compensation, eligibility, and requirements to remain eligible is available on the Graduate School’s Opportunities of Assistantships and Internships page

Duties and Qualifications:

  • assist in scholarly communication and Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) projects by
    • completing routine administrative tasks including data collection and project management
    • formatting and copyediting Open Educational Resources prior to publication,
    • assisting in the design and creation of assessment tools, and
    • creating outreach materials;
  • collaborate on the creation of instructional materials related to scholarly communication topics such as publishing, open access, and copyright;
  • conducting research and writing narratives for grant applications;
  • and developing Buzzfeed quizzes, blog posts, and other outreach initiatives.

Required qualifications include:

  • Ability to work with a group and independently and produce high quality, thorough, and accurate work;
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as demonstrated initiative and adaptability;
  • Working knowledge of office productivity suites, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to develop and execute project plans;
  • Ability to prioritize and follow written instructions within a multitask environment; and
  • and ability to work 20 hours/week during Special Collections’ hours of operation.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of or interest in issues of access and equity in higher education;
  • Knowledge of or interest in Open Educational Resources and affordable course content;
  • Demonstrated web development and/or video editing skills and experience.


Interested parties should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and application via UT Vault to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Scholarly Communications Librarian, Rachel Fleming, at review of applications will begin Friday, May 1, 2022.

The cover letter should provide:

  • A description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise
  • What the applicant hopes to gain from the assistantship, including learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals.
  • A description of how they would like to positively contribute to the project goals of advancing open and affordable course materials programs in the UT System

We encourage all applicants to think broadly about what they hope to accomplish in their practical experiences.

Student Traditions at UTC

One of the many things students love about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the number of traditions celebrated from year to year. The 1961-1962 University of Chattanooga Student Handbook described school traditions as “a rich core of student life” before going on to list over 10 annual events enjoyed by students of that era. Some of these, and their corresponding descriptions from this vintage handbook are below. How many of these traditions do you recognize?

Cover of the 1961-1962 University of Chattanooga Student Handbook

The 1961-1962 University of Chattanooga Student Handbook included information on everything new students needed to know about campus life, such as parking, the Honor Code, and of course, traditions.


“Alumni descend on the University for the celebration…the night before the game you will attend a bonfire and pep rally and will see the presentation of the Homecoming Queen to the Student Body.”

A picture of 1970 UTC Homecoming Queen Phyllis Marie White

Phyllis Marie White was crowned the first African-American Homecoming Queen in university history at the 1970 Homecoming celebrations. University Echo,1970 November 10.

Military Ball

“The Military Ball Sponsored by the ROTC Department is one of the most colorful dances of the year and is climaxed by the crowning of the military queen. The ROTC Department usually invites faculty and students to attend.”

Photograph of Military Ball leaders on the campus quadrangle with Patten Chapel in the background.

Military Ball leaders and runners-up from 1941. Do you spot Patten Chapel in the background? University Echo, 1941 March 14.

Mortar Board All-Sing

“A singing competition between fraternities, sororities, independents, and individual acts. Most of the groups practice for weeks, and the quality of their choral singing is excellent. Even the faculty gets into the act with a skit or choral number.”

Photograph of University of Chattanooga faculty members performing a choral piece.

Faculty choir at the 1957 Mortar Board All-Sing. Their performance took place on a tennis court that was located near the site of present-day Chamberlain Pavilion. University Echo, 1957 May 7.

Sigma Chi Derby

“The Sigma Chi Derby is a competitive event between sororities. This comes in the late spring and is an event full of fun for participants and viewers.”

Black-and-white photograph of Sigma Chi Derby participants sitting and standing on Oak Street.

1976 Sigma Chi Derby participants on Oak Street. The building in the background is the Men’s Gymnasium (later used as the Theater Arts Center), which was located next to Bretske Hall. Moccasin yearbook, 1976.

Honors Day

“If you’ve achieved excellence in any area, this is the day on which you will be recognized. Awards are made, honors announced, and new members tapped into organizations.”

Black-and-white photograph of student Carolyn Delores Higgins approaching podium to accept award.

Carolyn Delores Higgins receives the Black Student Association award for academic excellence at the 1979 Honors Day ceremony. University Echo, 1979 April 6.

Class Night

“Class night comes during graduation weekend. This is the night seniors make their parting bequests to students, faculty, and University.”

A newspaper clipping describing the University of Chattanooga Class Night itinerary for 1948.

A summary of Class Night activities from the 1948 University Echo student newspaper. The program began with class seniors leading a candle-light procession of students to Chamberlain Field. University Echo, 1948 May 31.


The History and Purpose of Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is a tradition that has varied in name and consistency over the years, but has always been recognized as an opportunity to celebrate the university and those who are a part of it. A speech from the early 1960s explains, “Founder’s Day could be thought of as the University’s birthday party, a ceremony celebrating the official opening of the institution. It could also be thought of as a day set aside to recognize the founding fathers of the University.” Elsewhere, the purpose of Founder’s Day is given as a time “to recognize those who have labored to make the university what it is today.” In 1999, University Relations news coordinator Barbara Kennedy told the University Echo that the objective of Founder’s Day was “to bring everyone together – faculty, students, the administration, staff, alumni, and friends of the university…to celebrate our common purposes and renew our sense of community.”

“Why Founders’ Day, Anyway?”, circa 1961, University of Chattanooga founding documents, administrative records, and other materials, UA-00-01-08. University Archives, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

In 1950, many of the individuals involved in establishing the university in 1886 were memorialized on campus in a building name change. The structure known today as Founders Hall was completed 1916 and was called the Administration Building until 1950, when the Board of Trustees voted on a new name, recommended by then president David A. Lockmiller. Shortly afterwards, a plaque listing 36 of these early leaders, including university presidents, trustees, faculty, and benefactors was installed in the eastern entrance.



Founders Hall eastern entrance plaque.

In recent years, Founder’s Day has been incorporated into a larger week of programming, Founder’s Week. Founder’s Week is full of events that meet the traditional purposes of occasion, including the Mocs Games, Service Awards, and the Chancellor’s State of the University address. In this way, Founder’s Week connects the university to its longstanding mission of achieving excellence.

RESOLVED: Temporary Issues Accessing Library Resources From Off-Campus

Update September 1/2021:

The access issues have been fixed and all electronic resources should be accessible from any location. Thank you very much for your patience and please contact the Library if you have any questions!

Original Post:

Dear Campus Community:

The Library is aware of widespread off campus access issues with several of our Library electronic resources and is actively working to resolve them.

In the meantime there are a few workarounds:

  1. Access the links below on campus.
  2. If off campus, use the VPN (after downloading the software) which will also require Duo two factor authentication and then access the links below.
  3. Use Library Quick Search

Impacted sites that we’re aware of:

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Physics

American Physiological Society

Annual Reviews

Association of Computing Machinery


Canadian Science Publishing

Guilford Press:


New England Journal of Medicine





Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Taylor and Francis journals

Taylor and Francs ebooks

University of Chicago Press



Please contact the Library if you have questions.


We hope to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

UTC Library

The ChattaStory Project Features Resources from Special Collections

Explore local history through The ChattaStory Project, a collaborative multi-disciplinary effort by students and faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The Project weaves together resources from a variety of archival repositories, including Special Collections. Explore the site to learn how the diaries of Emma Bell Miles informed research about the Fort Payne formation, the geologic layer that comprises much of Stringer’s Ridge and about the photographs that researchers used to interpret the history of the Stone Church in downtown Chattanooga.

Cross section diagram showing the layering of the three different rocks found on Stringer's Ridge.

Cross section diagram showing the layering of the three different rocks found on Stringer’s Ridge. Image courtesy of The ChattaStory Project.


Photograph of the Old Stone Church and the Patten Parrish House.

Photograph of the Old Stone Church and the Patten Parrish House. Courtesy of The ChattaStory Project.