Higher Ground: Engaging Our Community

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Higher Ground

Dean Lee

Engaging Our Community

In this edition of Higher Ground, we highlight outreach as a mission and feature activities our students, faculty, and staff engage in throughout the year.

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Imagine Tennessee

ArcGIS Map of Tennessee

Imagine Tennessee is a new initiative in the UT Office of Community Engagement and Outreach focused on connecting and equipping community-university partners to advance common goals for the good of our local community and the state. An interactive ArcGIS map illustrates the reach of engagement and outreach projects across the state and beyond. Of the 515 current projects, UT College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students are leaders of 182 projects.

One such project is Biology in a Box, a fun and challenging way for K-12 teachers to enhance their life sciences curriculum and encourage student interest science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.

Visual & Performing Arts Section
Visual & Performing Arts
The arts are written, visual, and performed interpretations of our physical and emotional world. Students of the arts explore their creativity through art, music, and theatre.

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Humanities Section
The humanities are studies of human values, capacities, and achievements focusing on the evolution of linguistic and artistic expression, religion, and philosophy. Students of the humanities develop analytical skills, critical reasoning, language proficiency, historical context, and aesthetic appreciation.

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Natural Science Section
Natural Sciences
The natural sciences examine the structures and components of the natural world and the universe. Students of the natural sciences learn how to use tools of science to devise and test hypotheses and solve problems from a scientific or mathematical perspective.

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Social Science Section\
Social Sciences
The social sciences explore the relationship among human beings and promote an understanding of our numerous societal and individual relationships. Students of the social sciences study individual, economic, political, and social behavior.

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The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic foundation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the largest contributor to all aspects of UT’s missions of instruction, research, and service to society.

A key ingredient to this success is recruiting, retaining, and supporting world-class faculty who pursue innovative research and creative activity. In order to attract and retain top minds from the around the world to teach, mentor, and work alongside our students, we take an active role to provide the necessary resources that make our college a destination workplace. Philanthropic support, such as the Chancellor’s Faculty Support Challenge, helps provide these resources and propel us to new levels of excellence. Learn more.

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College of Arts & Sciences
Office of the Dean
312 Ayres Hall
1403 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1330
Phone: (865) 974-2992
Email: higherground@utk.edu
Higher Ground Magazine Website: higherground.utk.edu

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