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High Impact Practices Advisory Group

The term, “High Impact Practices,” comes from the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ definition of high impact education practices, as supported by the research of Dr. George Kuh. At the University of Tennessee, our Experience Learning initiative overlaps with many of the high-touted, researched, and supported educational practices that have been proven to increase retention, strengthen persistence towards graduation, and grow graduation rates of students across the United States and beyond. Our QEP is rooted in these opportunities, and in collaboration with the offices, units, and centers below, we seek to ensure that our student becomes more successful by participating in these educational opportunities.

The purpose of the Experience Learning High Impact Practices (H.I.P.) Advisory Group is:

  • to increase access for more students to participate in high impact practices,
  • to create and support faculty development opportunities for UTK faculty and staff who teach using high impact practices in their classrooms and other educational experiences, and
  • to work together to form a coalition of collaboration amongst campus offices and units at UTK in order to support the growth of high impact practices on our campus.

Fall 2020 Schedule

  • August 6, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • September 10, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • October 8, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • November 5, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • December 3, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

The HIP Group comprises members from departments across the university charged with providing high-impact opportunities to our students. These members serve a three-year term.


Member Name Campus Office/Center/Unit University Division
Jennifer Gramling The Office of Online Programs & Instruction Academic Affairs
Susan Troop Office of Undergraduate Research Academic Affairs
Anne Hulse Programs Abroad Office Academic Affairs
Mandie Beeler Center for Leadership & Service Office Student Life
Amy Childress Living & Learning Communities Student Life
Stephanie Kit Center for Career Development Student Life
Stella Bridgeman First Year Studies Academic Affairs
Michael McFall Office of Institutional Research & Assessment Academic Affairs
Carol Andes Creative Communications Marketing & Communications
Clayton Alexander Office of Admissions/Enrollment Management Academic Affairs
Anna Sandelli University Libraries Academic Affairs
Jessica Osborne Student Success Center Academic Affairs
Andrew Seidler Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships Academic Affairs
Rebekah Page Honors & Scholars Programs Academic Affairs
Brent Lamons Academic Advising Academic Affairs
NaQuaina Moore Office of Multicultural Student Life Student Life
Alissa Sommerfeldt Teaching & Learning Innovation Academic Affairs
Mark Willoughby Office of Student Engagement,
Haslam College of Business
Haslam College of Business, Academic Affairs
Javiette Samuel Office of Community Engagement & Outreach Diversity & Engagement
Ryan Carter Office of the University Registrar Enrollment Management
Molly Sullivan Office of the University Registrar Enrollment Management
John Walker Teaching & Learning Innovation Academic Affairs
Chris Lavan Teaching & Learning Innovation Academic Affairs
Wes Romeiser Teaching & Learning Innovation Academic Affairs
Virginia Stormer *  Teaching & Learning Innovation Academic Affairs

*indicates the convener of the group