The College of Nursing (College) is a diversified academic community of faculty and students working collaboratively to become expert nursing professionals at various levels of nursing practice. We are nationally recognized, not only for excellent educational programs, but also for creating and disseminating nursing knowledge. Our excellence in education, unique research emphases, innovative practice arrangements, and service to the community attract students and faculty from the state, national and international community.
Leading Care. Creating Partnerships. Improving Health.
We are catalysts for optimizing health through nurse-led care by integrating education, practice, research, and technology. We define health broadly and impact it by addressing policy and social issues through advocacy and leadership. Fueled by our commitment to communities, families, and individuals, we seek partnerships to create innovative solutions that improve health for all.
Statement of Principles
The College functions on the principle of shared governance. In this context, it is the responsibility of the College administration to communicate freely, frankly, and in a timely fashion with all College faculty members on important decisions affecting the mission and operations of the College. Such decisions include, but are not limited to, approval of new academic programs and discontinuation of existing ones, budgetary planning, establishment of long-range goals and strategies, and the selection and retention of administrative officers of the College, including the Dean, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and Program Chairs/Coordinators. It is the responsibility of the College’s faculty members to communicate freely, frankly, and in a timely fashion to the administration on important decisions affecting the mission and operations of the College. It is the responsibility of the College’s full-time faculty to play a role in administrative decisions through participation in College committees, councils, and Faculty and Directors meetings. As stated in the Faculty Handbook UTK, all faculty members have the right to seek redress when these Bylaws are not upheld by the college administration. The administration has the right to seek remedy, when these Bylaws are not upheld by faculty members.