We discover and apply new knowledge relating to economics and related policy in the agricultural, agribusiness, natural resource management, and rural development sectors.

Interim Head: William Johnson
Phone: 65-974-7231   Fax: 865-974-7484

Agricultural and Resource Economics
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Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
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Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications is an academic department that blends the agricultural industry with leadership development and communications skills to empower leaders to be more successful within their communities and careers.

Head: Christopher Stripling
Phone: 865-974-7371   Fax: 865-974-7383

Our work is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of the domestic animal industries.

Head: Neal Schrick
Phone: 865-974-7286 Fax: 865-974-7297

Animal Science
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Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
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We work at the interface of biological systems, soils, and engineering — to understand basic processes, manage our environmental resources, and assist agricultural and related industries.

Head: Julie Carrier
Phone: 865-974-7266   Fax: 865-974-4514

Our research focuses on fungal, insect, nematode, and viral pathogens of crops and animals. We help ensure sustainable agricultural opportunities for the future.

Head: DeWayne Shoemaker
Phone: 865-974-7135   Fax: 865-974-4744

Entomology and Plant Pathology
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Food Science
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We study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. We develop ways to process, preserve, package, or store food, according to industry and government specifications and regulations.

Head: Rob Williams
Phone: 865-974-7331   Fax: 865-974-7332 E-Mail:

Plant Sciences
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Our research focuses on environmental stewardship, agricultural security, and urban agriculture, with a variety of projects addressing each area.

Head: Gary Bates
Phone: 865-974-7324   Fax: 865-974-1947   E-Mail:

Our mission is to advance the science and sustainable management of natural resources and to promote their health, utilization and appreciation through programs in teaching, research, and Extension

Head: Don Hodges
Phone: 865-974-7126   Fax: 865-974-4714   E-Mail:

School of Natural Resources
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