Honors Theses Related to International Education

Looking for honors theses where UTC students work focused on international cultures and languages? Find them within these collections from UTC Scholar:

2017 Flag Map of the World

Works in Celtic Studies

Works in Classics

Works in Comparative Literature

Works in Latin American Literature

Works in Other Arts and Humanities

Works in Latin American Languages and Societies

Works in Language Interpretation and Translation

Find even more original scholarship and research by UT Chattanooga faculty and students at https://scholar.utc.edu/

UTC’s Long, Proud History in Global Education

The history of global education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga begins in 1977, when the Institute for International Studies was established under the administration of Chancellor James Drinnon. The Institute was headed by Professor Merilee Banoun and focused on both international students at UTC and courses of an international nature. Two years later, the Institute for International Studies expanded further with the addition of a dedicated International Studies track of the Humanities Bachelor of Arts Degree. This interdisciplinary program focused on economics, political science, history, and foreign language. The Center for Global Education as it is known today began taking shape in 2016, when the University re-prioritized study abroad opportunities, on-campus ESL programming, and services for international students on campus as part of its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Take a tour of the history via entries from the campus newspaper and yearbook 40+ years ago:

“International Studies Program Announced,” University Echo, 1977 February 11.


Merilee Banoun, 1980

Merilee Banoun, Merilee Banoun faculty photograph, 1980 Moccasin yearbook.




















UTC Library Halloween Goody Bags

library good bags contentsStarting on Monday October 26th at 2:00pm,  you can pick up a Grab-and-Go Goody Bag from the UTC Library’s 1st floor Check Out desk!

Each little bag will have essential Halloween treats:

  • a couple of candies,
  • a Halloween-themed button, and
  • a personalized recommendation for a spooky book, graphic novel, or movie that you can check out from the Library!

Which button will you get? Which candy? It’s a mystery!

The goody bags will be available while supplies last, so drop by Monday afternoon or at your earliest convenience after that.

UTC Library Puts the Boo In Books

UTC Library Puts the Boo In Books

2020 UTC Library Halloween Costume Contest

The Annual UTC Library Halloween Costume Contest is HERE!

This year, you have the choice between having your photo taken by Library staff OR uploading a costumed-selfie that you take yourself (or have a friend take for you).

All photos – selfies and pictures taken by UTC Library staff – will be edited onto a common virtual background (seen below) and shared to the UTC Library Facebook page at noon on Friday October 30th for public voting until 9am Tuesday November 3.

The winners will be decided based on the number of Facebook interactions (likes/laughs/loves/etc.)

1st prize will receive a $50 Starbucks gift card
2nd prize will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card
3rd prize will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card

The UTC Library will NOT tag your Facebook account (if you have one, it is not required) in the posted Facebook photo, but you are welcome to tag yourself to encourage your friends and family to vote for you

We can’t wait to see your great costume! Need inspiration? Check out costumes from previous years!

2019 entries

2018 entries

2017 entries

and even more in the UTC Library’s Facebook Photo Albums!

SUBMIT YOUR SELFIE HERE: https://utclibraryhalloweencostumecontest2020.questionpro.com

Please note, the form will also ask for your name, UTCID & Email (to contact you in case you win) as well as a description/name of your costume that we can post along with the picture.

UTC Library Puts the Boo In Books

UTC Library Puts the Boo In Books

Or drop by the Library to have your picture taken at the in-person photo shoot (social distancing will be practiced):

Monday October 26
2:00 – 4:00pm
LIB Room 101

If you have any questions, please email library@utc.edu.

We can’t wait to see your costumes!!!

Join Special Collections as a Graduate Assistant for Spring 2021!

Thank you for your interest. These positions have been filled.


Graduate Assistants (GA) help Special Collections achieve its mission by working on archival processing and description, digital capture and metadata projects, and outreach initiatives including exhibitions and lesson plan development. In consultation with the Director of Special Collections, 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 Special Collections 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.

Special Collections is offering two Graduate Assistantships in the Spring 2021 semester. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 20 hours/week for a total of 280 hours/semester. The successful applicants will be awarded a $4500 stipend and a maintenance fee waiver of $4225 each semester.

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

Position Descriptions

Austin-Western Company Records Graduate Assistant

Works collaboratively with the Director of the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology and Director of Special Collections to inventory materials in the Austin-Western Company Records collection, which includes corporate correspondence, engineering files (with a blueprint collection), a product film archives, and promotional product models. Bequeathed to the Institute by the late Dr. Jeffrey L. Brown, the Institute’s collection is a valuable resource in industrial archaeology. To inventory this collection, the successful candidate will work primarily onsite in the Special Collections unit of the Library, but also in the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology’s storage space. The graduate assistant will meet onsite with the Directors of the of the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology and of Special Collections weekly, and will be available for chat via Microsoft Teams during their scheduled shifts.

The Austin-Western Company Records Graduate Assistant is require to work onsite at least 15 hours/week during the Spring 2021 semester, and may have the option to work 5 hours/week remotely.

University Archives Graduate Assistant

Works collaboratively with the University Archivist to physically rearrange and rehouse a variety of university-related archival materials onsite in the Special Collections unit of the Library. Additionally, the successful candidate will assist with data entry involved in the creation of Finding Aids for university-related archival collections housed in Special Collections. The graduate assistant will meet onsite with the University Archivist weekly, and will be available for chat via Microsoft Teams during their scheduled shifts.

The University Archives Graduate Assistant is required to work onsite 20 hours/week during the Spring 2021 semester.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistantship duties may include:

  • arranging and describing archival collections;
  • authoring biographical and historical notes that provide context for archival materials;
  • applying controlled vocabularies, including LCSH, LCNAF, AAT, and RightsStatements.org, to describe archival;
  • creating finding aids in compliance with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and local practices using ArchivesSpace;
  • using scanners and cameras to digitize archival materials and rare books;
  • and conducting research and writing narratives for grant applications.

Required qualifications include:

  • ability to lift and move boxes weighing up to 50 pounds;
  • ability to work 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 follow detailed written instructions;
  • and ability to work 20 hours/week during Special Collections’ hours of operation.


Interested parties should apply for a Graduate Assistantship in Special Collections for the 2020 semester by submitting a cover letterresume, and application to the Director of Special Collections, Carolyn Runyon, at Carolyn-Runyon@utc.edu. The cover letter should include which position (Austin-Western Company Records Graduate Assistant or University Archives Graduate Assistant) the applicant prefers, a description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise, and address what the applicant hopes to gain from the assistantship.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.