The School of Communication Studies has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply for positions at the School. Our commitment to promote, protect, and ensure diversity is rooted in the belief that a diverse society, and diverse information professoriate, are essential for the free exchange of ideas, debate, research, academic freedom, growth, responsibility, knowledge, integrity, cooperation and success in both local and global contexts. For more information, review our Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
The School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity is reflected in Student Resources Faculty Resources and Scholarship
The School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity is reflected in
Faculty Resources and Scholarship
The College of Communication and Information (CCI) consists of four schools: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism and Electronic Media. CCI has approximately 1,240 undergraduate majors (across five undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, communication studies, information sciences, and journalism and electronic media), and approximately 320 graduate students (including College-wide M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in communication & information and an M.S. degree in information sciences).
The College’s commitment to diversity, reflected in the CCI diversity statement is demonstrated through committee work, events and action plans, including:
- CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week, held annually in September
- CCI Experiences Diversity Banquet, held annually in the spring, featuring the presentation of the CCI Diversity Award
- CCI Diversity Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, reviews and makes recommendations to further the College’s diversity efforts.
- Diversity Student Leaders Society, comprised of CCI students, serves to prepare today’s students to serve as diversity leaders and champions through a variety of initiatives, including the Student Mentoring Program and Diversity Speakers Program.
- Diversity Action Plans for CCI, Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism & Electronic Media
The University of Tennessee is the state of Tennessee’s flagship university and its only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution. UT enrolls approximately 29,000 students at its Knoxville campus; 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students and 29% are Pell grant eligible. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, service to our state and nation are key to our mission. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit which include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.
For information on a variety of diversity initiatives at the University of Tennessee, see the A to Z Index.
- Office of Equity & Diversity
- Commission for Women
- Commission for Blacks
- Commission for LGBT People
- Diversity Committee at University Libraries
- Pride Center
- Black Cultural Planning Committee at the Office of Multicultural Student Life
To foster awareness, collaboration, networking and professional development, the University is host to events throughout the year, including:
- Black Issues Conference, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Life:
- Diversity Dialogue Symposium, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Life
- Diversi-Tea held throughout the year to promote inclusive teaching practices, hosted by Teaching & Learning Innovation
The University also supports cross-disciplinary research and collaboration through the Communities of Scholars (CoS) Program, including:
- Intersectionality Community of Scholars
- Appalachian Community of Scholars
- Critical Race Collective Community of Scholars
The University also supports funding opportunities in support of diversity, inclusion and equity for academic departments, faculty, staff and student organizations, including:
The University Libraries at the University of Tennessee provides a listing of diversity organizations serving the local and regional community.
- 100 Black Men of Knoxville
- Beck Cultural Exchange Center
- Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.
- Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
- East Tennessee Chinese Association:
- Knox Pride
- Knoxville Area Urban League
- Knoxville Chinese Culture.Org
- Knoxville Jewish Alliance
- Muslim Community of Knoxville
- Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce also supports a variety of diversity and inclusion programs for local businesses.