Staff Profiles

Director

Andrew Seidler

Director of the Office of National Scholarship
aseidler@utk.edu



Senior Faculty Director

michael-handelsman Michael Handelsman

Senior Faculty Director
865-974-7010
handelsm@utk.edu

Michael Handelsman has been on the UT faculty since 1976. His principal teaching and research interests are Latin American narrative, Ecuadorian literature and culture, concepts of national identity, women writers, literary journals, Afro Hispanic literature, and globalization. He recently was a recipient of the the prestigious of UT Chancellor’s ‘Ready for the World’ Award.



Student Assistants

kalafsky-300x257 Ronald Kalafsky

Faculty Fellow
(865) 974-0407
kalafsky@utk.edu

Ron Kalafsky’s research and teaching interests comprise of two interconnected components: economic geography and geography education. The first element focuses on examining the competitive challenges and strategies of manufacturers, especially as they pertain to the differences between export-intensive firms and non-exporters located in industrialized economies. He is particularly interested in the location-based factors that hinder small-to-medium-sized firms from accessing global markets, and in turn, the strategies (e.g. trade fairs, international business networks) that successful firms use to overcome such obstacles. His research also examines the parts that manufacturing and exporting can play in regional economic growth, mainly in terms of [READ MORE]

Photo 1 Katie Lou Rogers

Undergraduate Student Assistant
onsf@utk.edu

Katie Lou Rogers is currently pursuing a biomedical engineering major and materials science engineering minor and plans to graduate in May of 2016.  She works in a materials science engineering lab that focuses on the application of nanogels toward medical research.  Over the summer of 2014, she received an Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) from UT’s Office of Research and spent her internship learning about atomic force microscopy (AFM) at the University of Edinburgh.  On campus, Katie is actively involved in TEDxUTK as a co-organizer and hopes to establish a TEDxUTK legacy.  She is a member of Pursuit: The Journal of [READ MORE]

Andrew Seidler

Director of the Office of National Scholarship
aseidler@utk.edu

IMG_1583(1) Jonathan Christian Thomas

Undergraduate Student Assistant
jthom166@vols.utk.edu

Jonathan Thomas is currently studying Global Studies with a Pre-Medicine concentration at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and plans to graduate in May 2019. As a member of the Leadership Minor Cohort 2016, he hopes to start a student organization that will assist the homeless community through physical education. He has shadowed doctors at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the Medical Explorations Program over the summer of 2015 and hopes to continue. Jonathan is also a member of TEDxUTK and is very involved with the Arabic Department. Because of his work in ONSF, Jonathan has a strong interest [READ MORE]