Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Third Annual TPTE Recognition Ceremony

October 4, 2016

4:00 PM Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park, Knoxville TN

Join us as we recognize:

Outstanding Alumni • Outstanding Collaborators • Outstanding Community Advocates for Education • Outstanding Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff

The Ceremony is held once again in conjunction with the CEHHS Graduate School of Education Billie Grace Goodrich Lecture. This year’s esteemed lecturer is Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.

Reception following Recognition Ceremony at 5:15 PM / Lecture at 6 PM


Our Mission

TPTE seeks to develop innovative, research-based programs for teachers, teacher educators, and educational interpreters; to work in close harmony with schools and educators across the university, in the region, state, and nation for the improvement of education and interpreting; to develop leadership in scholarly research and writing; and to participate and assume leadership in professional organizations. The department holds to the conviction that questions of personal and organizational integrity can never be separated from questions of quality and effectiveness.

Greetings from the Department Head

Welcome to TPTE! We are a large and diverse group, with thirty-two full-time tenure/tenure-seeking faculty, ten full-time clinical faculty, three part-time clinical faculty, and twenty-six graduate assistants. Within the department there are eight full professors, eleven associate professors, and thirteen assistant professors. We offer an undergraduate program in educational interpreting; five-year programs of study leading to initial teacher licensure; and doctoral-level graduate study in education with concentrations in literacy studies, special education, and teacher education. I hope you find our website informative and helpful as you seek to learn more about the department or specific programs within the department.

Sherry Mee Bell


Congratulations to the numerous TPTE faculty and staff for their accomplishments which were recognized at the annual 2016 CEHHS Recognition Ceremony.



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