November 21, 2023

Tennessee’s Zomchick Leads SEC Provosts Group

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A collaborative leader at the University of Tennessee, Dr. John Zomchick is utilizing his expertise as this year’s chair of the Southeastern Conference Provosts group.

The chair is responsible for leading meetings and serving as a liaison between the SEC staff and the full provost unit.

“Provost Zomchick has a collaborative approach to academic programming that will allow us to develop innovative ideas for our collective academic goals”, said Dr. LeNá McDonald, associate commissioner for academic relations at the SEC. “With over three decades of experience in the academy, he has a wealth of knowledge that will undoubtedly benefit our work as a conference.”

Zomchick became Tennessee’s provost in 2020, working with leaders in all of the university’s academic, research, scholarly, and creative programs and activities. Zomchick has been in numerous administrative positions at both the department and university level since joining the faculty in 1985.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and doctorate in English literature from Columbia University.

The SEC Provosts are administrators of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards, the SEC Faculty Travel Program and other conference activities. The SEC Provosts meet monthly via video conference during the academic year along with an annual in-person meeting.

Zomchick and the provosts have provided guidance to the SEC Artificial Intelligence Consortium, which has hosted the SEC Generative AI Forum and introduced the Teaching with AI in the SEC online course within the last year.