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Faculty Appreciation Day 2020

April 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

No cost
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Celebrate our Faculty!

Now more than ever, we appreciate our faculty, who are going above and beyond to ensure our incredible curriculum and creative culture are still going strong during online teaching and learning. Let’s celebrate our amazing faculty every day but especially on Faculty Appreciation Day on April 13, 2020.


Give a Shout-Out!

Students, in honor of Faculty Appreciation Day, give a shout-out to your favorite professors! Complete the form below and hit “Submit.” Shout-outs will be added to this page regularly, so check back to read your shout-out and those from your friends in the college. We will keep the form open until April 20. Let your professors know how much you appreciate them right now!


Thank you, faculty!


Read Student Shout-Outs!

Tim Dolan

Tim has made the transition to online nearly seamless! I look forward to his class every week, and appreciate all the supportiveness he has shown in the midst of all of this especially. Tim has also been my favorite professor during my time at UT, I have learned so much from him and am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to have him for studio and business principles.

Caroline Murphy

Interior Architecture, 3rd Year


Rana Abudayyeh

Rana is so committed to her students and our success. You inspire us every day and we truly are humbled by your hard work, passion, and care for our discipline. We appreciate you!!!

Brendan Wallace

3rd Year BArch


Cheryl Baxter

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do! You are one of the most dedicated professors I have had, and I so appreciate the level of help you are always willing to put forth. I cannot say thank you enough for the inspiration and belief you have given to me and our studio!

Elizabeth Elrod

Interior Architecture, 3rd Year


Gregor Kalas

A shout-out to Professor Gregor Kalas for being accommodating. I would give a second shout-out for his engaging, pedagogical approach.

Gisele El Baaklini

MArch 3G, 1st Year


James Rose

Thanks for being an awesome professor during these crazy times!

August Ring

BArch, 1st Year


Cheryl Baxter

Cheryl went above and beyond to care for our studio even before this transition and she has made it as painless as possible. We are all so grateful for her laughter, compassion, and understanding. She has worked with us every step of the way to make sure we don’t miss out on this important semester. Thank you so much for your sacrifices!

Allie Bierman

3rd Year Interior Architecture


Jeremy Hammond

He has an extremely vast set of skills and I am very glad I’ve gotten a chance to learn from his experience and candid advice. He has helped me problem solve and sometimes that is the best thing a teacher can do. Thank you.

Sydney Bittinger

5th year Architecture


Tracy Moir-McClean

Thank you for guiding me when I needed advice and for letting me have the freedom to grow and experiment with my own interests. Your excitement helped me regain my momentum when I had stuttered. Thank you.

Sydney Bittinger

5th year Architecture


Rana Abudayyeh

Rana, you’re the best!! Thank you for everything the past four years. You have helped me grow immensely as a designer and a person. Your passion is contagious. Love you always, “mom”!

Rachel Smith

Interior Architecture/4th year


Cheryl Baxter

Thank you for your constant care and encouragement! Even with the challenging circumstances, you continue to be fully committed to our success in studio. We are beyond grateful for all of the hard work you have done to help us during this difficult time!

Caitlin Turner

3rd Year IARC


Diane Fox

Diane has gone above and beyond to make sure our transition to online classes has been nothing but a positive experience. She’s always so encouraging and upbeat in our Zoom sessions and that makes the whole setting more enjoyable! I really appreciate her efforts to make class as normal as possible despite the circumstances we’re all facing. She’s great!

Georgia Morris

4th year Architecture


Gregor Kalas

Thank you Gregor for consistently being patient and compassionate when interacting with students. I appreciate your lectures as they are insightful and also inspiring to learn ideas from architects around the world.

Claire Stout

2nd Year BArch


Christopher Bryce Cote

Shout out to Chris for doing the most for his students in and out of class. Along with how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, he has also taught us many more things this year about the workforce and professional life in general. He makes our two and a half hours every Monday and Wednesday engaging, he connects with his students, and he genuinely wants them to succeed in the program and in life.

Ashleigh Williams

Freshman Graphic Design


Katie and Kyle

Through my time in college, I have never felt more enabled and capable of greatness than I have when learning and working with this dream team! The university is so lucky to have been graced with your presences and I cannot thank you both enough for everything you have done for me and for this college. Good luck to both of you wherever your path takes you next.

Kevin Saslawsky

5th year Architecture


Marshall Prado

Marshall. You’re the man. You have made a huge contribution to the thinking of this college and the students; especially me. Working with you on the UTK Filament tower was such an amazing way to spend the summer and I can’t wait to hear about your next big project! Thank you for everything you have done for me and I look forward for when our paths meet again. Keep doing great things.

Kevin Saslawsky

5th year Architecture


Lisa Mullikin

Thank you for being such an amazing professor! I have been able to explore so much more about my design process and different aspects of interior architecture and I have really enjoyed your studio.

Alyssa Wilkins

2nd year IARC


Cheryl Baxter


Thank you so much for having such a positive attitude during this crazy time! Thank you for also giving us your time and help outside of scheduled class time. I’ve really appreciated your feedback and the zoom calls for help. You are doing amazing during this stressful and not-so-fun time, and I wanted you to know how much I’ve enjoyed having you as a professor this semester!

Sam Richwine

3rd Year Interior Architecture


Tim Dolan


Thanks for being so awesome! I appreciate all of the pep talks you’ve given me and all of the insight you’ve given me on careers, life, school, etc. Class wouldn’t be the same without your anecdotes. Thanks for being so flexible with this bump in the road that we are all dealing with.

-Snacky Sam

Sam Richwine

3rd Year Interior Architecture



I don’t know a professor who cares more about his students. During this time, you’ve thanked us for our company in class lighting your day, and your help throughout the semester has been a complete blessing. Thank you for being awesome!

Alexandria Anderson

2nd year, bachelor architecture


Professor James Rose

Professor Rose has to be one of the most patient professors I have ever met. In person and through the transition to online classes, Professor Rose is always ready and willing to talk through the simplest questions and issues. Thank you for your constant communication and understanding through this crazy semester and all crazy semesters!

Rachel White

4th year B.Arch


Scottie McDaniel

Scottie has been extremely understanding through this transition *and* she is pushing us to produce for our final semester. She has been extremely compassionate with us, and I admire her so much for juggling her family, her students, and her professor-responsibilities altogether. Thank you Scottie!

Sue Choi





April 13, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
No cost


Amanda Johnson


Art + Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN
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