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The purpose of STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) at UT is to revitalize our efforts to hire and retain a diverse faculty by using peer-to-peer instruction about academic research on bias and diversity. The STRIDE activities are led by a committee of faculty at the Knoxville and Agricultural campuses of UT.

STRIDE at UT is one of many similar efforts at academic institutions across the country.

As a faculty-led committee, our mission is to increase excellence and diversity by improving faculty hiring processes that seek to attract and retain the best possible candidates. We work closely with UT’s Office of Equity and Diversity but our scope is somewhat different.

For more information on STRIDE at UT, contact us via email at

Current Membership

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Emily Bivens
School of Art
Stephanie Bohon
Committee Co-chair
Department of Sociology
Michelle Brannen
Associate Professor
University Libraries
Lucy Jewell Sarah Lowe Bonnie Ownley
Lucy Jewel
College of Law
Sarah Lowe
Committee Co-Chair
School of Design
Bonnie Ownley
Institute of Agriculture
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Sara Ritchey
Department of History
Zoi Traga-Philippakos
Associate Professor
College of Education, Health, and Human Services
Erin Whiteside
Associate Professor
School of Journalism & Electronic Media

Past Membership

Developed by UTK faculty for the UTK community, STRIDE has included representatives from the following academic areas:

  • Architecture
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Educational Psychology and Counseling
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Retail Hospitality and Tourism
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
  • University Libraries
  • World Languages & Cultures

STRIDE serves at the request of the Provost’s Office.