The Smith Global Leadership Fellows program is designed to provide faculty fellows with knowledge, experience, and networking opportunities in global food, agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and veterinary medicine.
The goal of this is program is to develop global champions across UTIA, provide points-of-contact for global engagement beyond the Smith Center, and create a culture of “global UTIA.”
Eligibility and Nominations:
All tenure and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to be nominated. However, the program is targeted for mid-career faculty (or equivalent, e.g. senior lecturer, extension specialist II/III, etc.). A total of eight fellows from departments and units across UTIA will be admitted into the program each year. SGL Fellows will be selected by the Smith Center and the SGL advisory team.
2023 – 2024 Cohort
2022 – 2023 Cohort
Expectations of SGL Fellows
SGL Fellows will be expected to devote 10% of their time towards engagement in the sixteen-month SGL program. Fellows will be expected to participate in all SGL program activities for their program, and graduated fellows will be asked to provide mentorship to future SGL Fellow cohorts.
Fellows will be expected to develop and implement a global initiative (research, teaching, or outreach activity in line with their current program) of their choice. All SGL activities and programming will be paid for by the Smith Center. In addition, each Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend to initiate their global initiative and $2,500 to invite a collaborator to Knoxville.
Important Dates for 2023 – 2024
- June 16: Applications due
- August 21: Welcome meeting
- September 22: International Showcase
- October 20: Overview of global engagement
- November 8: Grant writing and partnerships
- December 7: Global communications
- February 9: Guidance for working and traveling globally
- March 6: DC trip prep
- Week of March 25: DC trip
- April 26: DC trip debrief
- May – August: International projects
- August 14: Project debrief
- September/October: International Showcase, scheduled the day before Ag Day
- October/November: Shared session with new cohort
- December 11: Graduation dinner