The Commission for Women recognized its first Notable UT Woman in 1995 after a suggestion from then University Historian Dr. Milton Klein that recommended that outstanding women connected with the University be honored on an annual basis.
In the past the award has recognized women from four rotating categories: administrator, alumnae, faculty, and staff. For 2019, the Commission will recognize a staff member from the Knoxville campus. The honoree will be selected by Commission members.
- A woman who is outstanding in her field of study.
- A woman who is a pioneer or groundbreaker—the first to achieve something noteworthy.
- A woman who has conducted gender-related research or research with beneficial effects for women.
- A woman who has rendered program support and development beneficial to the University community.
- A woman who has improved the lives of women in the community or made a significant positive impact on women’s lives.
- A woman who has contributed to gender-related research or facilitated the implementation of research for women.
ESTABLISHED: Fall 1995
JUSTIFICATION: Dr. Milton Klein, the University’s Historian, recommended that outstanding women connected with UT be honored on an annual basis. In 1995, the Commission for Women inaugurated the Notable UTK Women Award to recognize women at the University. The award was setup to honor faculty and staff, alumnae, or administrators for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the University.
Award is given annually and is announced at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet in the Spring. The award recognizes women from three rotating categories:
· Faculty and staff
The Commission members from a slate prepared by the Notable UT Woman Committee will select the honoree.
· A woman who is outstanding in her field of study.
· A woman who is a pioneer or groundbreaker- the first to achieve something noteworthy.
· A woman who has conducted gender-related research or research with beneficial effects for women.
· Framed certificate
· Plaque displayed in the University Center
· Display in Hodges Library
2018 Bonnie Ownley and Mary Papke
2017 Mintha Roach
2016 Caula Beyl
2015 Ann Robinson-Craig