The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

is giving release time to three faculty so they can work this year in Knox

County schools.

--Edmund J. Campion, modern foreign languages and literatures, at the Vine

Middle Magnet Performing Arts and Sciences Academy.

--Stuart B. Elston, physics and astronomy, Bearden High School.

--Beth Conway Mullin, botany, Ritta Elementary School.

All Knoxville schools were invited to apply to participate in the

Scholars-in-the-Schools program. Selection is based on proposals by school

administrators, teachers, and parents for utilizing the UT faculty.

A committee of representatives from UT, public schools, Parent-Teacher

Associations, and community business leaders made the school


"We feel confident that the schools, the teachers and the parents are

committed to making the most of this opportunity," Director of Public and

Community Outreach Lynn Champion said. "Everyone has been working on this

since spring, so we are ready to go when school opens."

UT faculty will enrich the schools' curricula by providing special

experiences related to their fields of expertise for students, teachers and

parents, Champion said. The program is starting its fourth year.

Faculty benefit, Champion said, by becoming more familiar with the needs of

elementary and secondary schools--important because UT students preparing

for teaching careers now complete their undergraduate work in the College

of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty assignments are for the full school year, with the professors

spending eight to 12 hours each week in the schools. Financial support is

provided by private gifts to the Scholars-in-the-Schools program and the

liberal arts enrichment fund, Champion said.

The funding also pays for replacement instructors to teach classes the UT

faculty will miss when they are in the schools.