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Support Opportunities

How Can I Support TPTE?

There are several ways to support TPTE. Choose what works best for you! We encourage everyone to join the TPTE Council, but also to give generally to the department or to a specific cause (such as graduate student support) or a program area below.

TPTE Council

Enhancing awareness, appreciation, and support for the work of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The mission of the TPTE Council is to promote the mission and goals of TPTE in its preparation of educators and interpreters to provide innovative and effective services in Tennessee, across the country, and around the world. The council is comprised of civic-minded individuals deeply committed to the idea that quality education is essential for a thriving and just democracy. The council serves to create and enhance connections among TPTE faculty, students, alumnae and partners in schools, in business, and in the broader community. The Council further serves to promote public awareness, appreciation, and support of K–12 education and those who provide it tirelessly and with dedication.

What does membership in the TPTE Council support?

Simply put, council membership supports the work of the faculty and students of TPTE, which is extensive and varied; we prepare K–12 teachers in almost all disciplines but we also prepare interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing and we offer a joint undergraduate degree in audiology and speech pathology. At the advanced level we prepare reading specialists, applied behavior analysts, and scholars and leaders in special education, deaf education, interpreter education, literacy studies, and several areas of teacher education.

Join the TPTE Council

Student travel for research presentations and professional development to state, regional, national and even international conferences. For example: Tennessee Reading Association, Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children, Literacy Research Association, and American Education Research Association.

Materials for faculty and students to provide outreach and conduct engaged scholarship such as  tutoring and book clubs at local area Boys and Girls Clubs; family math nights at area schools; Deaf Night at the Clarence Brown Theatre; workshops for area teachers on topics such as using children’s literature to teach social studies and strategies for working with parents of English language learners

Support recognition of accomplished alumni, education partners, and education advocates.

All TPTE Council members regardless of size of donation will receive, via email, a certificate of membership and biannual departmental newsletters. There are three levels of council membership:

  • Friend (no minimum fee): Membership renewable annually
  • Partner ($250): Five-year membership and name on TPTE webpage, newsletter, other media (optional)
  • Business Partner ($500): Five-year membership and logo/name on the TPTE webpage, newsletter, other media (optional)

Your Gift Can Help

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education is grateful for the continued generosity of its many supporters. This generosity plays a large part in the department’s ability to provide financial support for our students and faculty. We invite you to partner with us by contributing to the department’s general enrichment fund or to more specialized funds, which support particular aspects of its programs. Please review our directory of gift funds and select one or more for your investment in the future of TPTE.

General Fund

Support education, educational interpreting, and/or audiology/speech pathology in general by contributing to the General Fund; support graduate student scholarships; or support a specific content area

The Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Support Fund was established for the purpose of supporting faculty and student exploratory research and new instructional initiatives. The funds are distributed by the department head only when faculty (and students who are working with faculty) submit proposals and budget justification statements that describe the purpose and need for the project and what the outcomes will be if the project is funded. Often, support funds are used as seed money to support new research and teaching initiatives that lead to the preparation of much larger proposals. Support the Theory and Practice Teacher Education Support Fund (General Fund)

The TPTE Graduate Student Support Fund is used to support the work of graduate students who are conducting innovative education research, presenting research papers at national and international conferences, and engaging in other activities of the department toward improvement of education and interpreting regionally, nationally and internationally. Very often these funds are supplemented with additional funds from the department, college, and graduate school. Support the Graduate Student Support Fund


Content Area Teaching Support Fund

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty in the content areas of teaching (English/language arts/reading/social science/math/ science) to engage in opportunities (e.g., travel to professional conferences, expenses associated with research generation and/or dissemination) designed to promote professional development, scholarship, and/or excellence in teaching.

Deafness and Educational Interpreting (Deafness Enrichment Fund)

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty in the areas of deafness and educational interpreting to engage in opportunities (e.g., travel to professional conferences, expenses associated with research generation and/or dissemination) designed to promote professional development, scholarship, and/or excellence in teaching.

Elementary Ed/Special Ed Support Fund

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty in the areas of elementary education and special education to engage in opportunities (e.g., travel to professional conferences, expenses associated with research generation and/or dissemination) designed to promote professional development, scholarship, and/or excellence in teaching.

ESL/WL/Art Ed Support Fund

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty in the areas of English as a second language, world languages, and/or art education to engage in opportunities (e.g., travel to professional conferences, expenses associated with research generation and/or dissemination) designed to promote professional development, scholarship, and/or excellence in teaching.

Reading Center Enrichment Fund

This fund is used to support the Reading Center in TPTE/CEHHS. The Reading Center is a professional community of UT literacy faculty and doctoral students who work collaboratively with preservice and in-service teachers and administrators in the East Tennessee region and conduct nationally recognized research in reading. It is a venue for professional development for teachers as well as a place where graduate students can participate in the practical experiences required for TN PreK–12 reading specialist license. Members of the community–adolescents and adults as well as children are tutored free of charge at The Reading Center by graduate students in the practicum courses under the supervision of faculty. The Reading Center library, partially supported by an endowment and technology grant, offers professional journals to teachers and parents, trade-books and instructional materials for tutors, and the latest technology to assist struggling readers.

Support a Scholarship or Endowment

Science Education Laboratory (Dr. & Mrs. J M Stockman/S S Arnhart Fund)

This fund shall be used for, but not limited to, renovations, improvements, and maintenance of the A. Paul Wishart Science Education Laboratory.

Dorothy A. Hudson Endowment

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty associated with the TPTE Teacher Preparation program. The funds can be used to provide direct support (e.g. stipends, travel) or for equipment or materials that support or enhance the academic mission of the Teacher Preparation program.

Mr. & Mrs. W H Swain Endowment

This fund can be used to enhance the education in both school systems in Scott County as well as the Scott County High Education Center.

Dr. Lillian L. Gore Scholarship

Dr. Gore, or “Miss Lillian” as she was fondly called, was a retired Knoxville teacher and principal. This 1929 graduate of the former College of Education was at one time the elementary schools supervisor for Knoxville City Schools. In 1973, Dr. Gore established an annuity trust fund with the university. Upon her death in 1985, the funds were used to create this endowment. Awards are made to academically talented students pursuing initial teaching licensure and a career of teaching elementary school children.

Dr. Betty Broman Textbook Endowment

Family and friends of Dr. Betty Broman established this scholarship in 1985. She was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee and known widely as the author of textbooks for elementary teachers. Dr. Broman was a tireless advocate for children, serving in many capacities within the Head Start program. A junior or senior majoring in elementary education that is admitted to the elementary education program in the college and has achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 is eligible for this award.

Ralph F. Quarles Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a graduate degree in educational leadership who demonstrates successful academic performance and/or financial need.

JP & Gladys Maples Scholarship Endowment

Mr. and Mrs. Maples grew up in the same community in South Knox County and met in elementary school. Both were from large families with meager resources and quit high school to get jobs to help support their families. They married and had four children, all of whom have UT degrees and have spouses with UT degrees. This scholarship is awarded to students who are juniors or seniors in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education or the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.

Charles & Sherry Morgan Fellowship

This scholarship is awarded to a faculty-recommended doctoral student that demonstrates successful academic performance and/or financial need. Must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA.

Special Education (AM Association College Teacher TRN-HDCP)

This fund provides monetary support for students and/or faculty in special education and other areas of education to engage in opportunities (e.g., travel to professional conferences, expenses associated with research generation and/or dissemination) designed to promote professional development, scholarship, and/or excellence in teaching of students with disabilities.

If you are interested in a contribution to any of the above funds, please click on the hyperlink associated with each fund or make your check payable to the UT foundation. Please indicate the specific fund to which the check should be directed and mail it to the address below:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Attn: Office of Development
325 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3400

For additional information or questions, please contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Development at 865-974-3968.

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