FUNDED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2011 – 10/31/2011)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $128,996 in external grant and contract awards:


Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, secured $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium for workshops for elementary grades pre-service teachers (UTC education majors).  The workshops will be based on mathematics concepts included in NASA educational resources and supported through hands-on problem solving activities.


Dr. Steve Symes, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Peggy Kovach, Associate Professor of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, secured $88,246 from the U.S. Army (via the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga) to conduct research and analysis, in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga, to assist in the development of a medical innovation.  Dr. Symes will conduct pharmacological studies while Dr. Kovach will investigate cellular reactions.


Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $800 from Bradley County Schools to conduct five professional development workshops in music education.  He also secured $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a dance residency with first grade students at Battle Academy in December as well $26,000 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County for another series of mentoring visits and workshop activities with teachers at Mt. Pleasant School this academic year.



SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2011 – 10/31/2011)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $226,555 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Carol Brand (School of Education) requested $75,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue UTC’s Become a Special Educator in Tennessee (BASE-TN) Program.  BASE TN will recruit and provide financial support for students pursuing special education licensure.  Upon completion of the program, participants must commit to teach in a Tennessee public school serving children with disabilities or pay back the financial support that they received.


Ms. Meg Kiessling (Mathematics) requested $71,555 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a week-long summer professional development workshop for middle grades mathematics teachers.  The workshop will focus on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and will provide a pre-workshop meeting with teachers to determine their needs and expectations as well as a follow-up workshop in the fall.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $75,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a professional development workshop for elementary grades teachers to enhance their skills in teaching mathematics.  The workshop, titled “Number and Operations: Emphasizing Fractions, Place Value, and Connections,” is aligned with State Standards and will employ hands-on activities and computer technology.


Dr. Jonathan Yeager (Philosophy and Religion) requested $5,000 from the Louisville Institute to conduct research for a book he is editing titled Early Evangelicalism: A Reader.  These funds will enable him to travel to various libraries in America and Britain and view rare works and manuscripts for use in the reader.


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