Making a Difference: Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support (TPOPS)
TPOPS, based in UT’s College of Social Work, contributes to the welfare of the children of incarcerated parents who are better-empowered to support them. TPOPS provides assistance to noncustodial fathers who are incarcerated or recently released, as well as informational sessions for correctional staff. TPOPS is funded through a contract administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the University of Tennessee.
Making a Difference: UT Legal Clinic
The Legal Clinic works to serve the community and the indigent, to encourage future pro bono service, and to contribute to the education and development of law students to become thoughtful, skilled, and ethical attorneys.The longest-running legal clinic in the nation, UT Law’s clinic started in 1946 and involves 12 faculty members and approximately 100 students every year.
Making a Difference: MBA Innovation in Practice Course
Every first-year, full-time student in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Masters of Business Administration program is required to complete a service-learning course in partnership with a local, non-profit organization. Students apply their problem-solving skills in tandem with these organizations to improve deployment of scarce resources. Teams of four to five MBA students are assigned to each nonprofit client, along with a faculty member. Each team presents a detailed final report at the end of the seven-week engagement. This program is an outgrowth of work that UT MBA students have been doing with local nonprofits since 2004, and involves two full-time faculty, five to eight part-time faculty, and approximately 70 students every year.
Making a Difference: Institute for Smart Structures
ISS is a research center focused on integrating architecture and emerging technologies. It offers research and development for the building sector and combines the areas of material science, engineering, and architecture to solve immediate problems as well as provide revolutionary concepts for new applications. Over the last decade, the Institute has overseen the construction of three net-zero prototype buildings for use as research and education tools.
Making a Difference: Public Library Service-Learning
This public library service-learning course allows students to partner with public libraries and other agencies to develop community-based projects in different local settings. The course was among UT’s first to pilot the new “S” designation for course-based service-learning.