SCI Faculty Planning Team


Katherine Ambroziak


Katherine Ambroziak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Her research addresses holistic systems of environmental perception and geographic experience as influences on corporeal activity and memory. A licensed architect in the State of Tennessee, she is active in community engagement as both an academic and civic pursuit. Since 2009, she has served as the primary designer and coordinator of the Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Rehabilitation Project, a conservation and rehabilitation outreach initiative that aims to educate and support the communities of East Knoxville through the design and future implementation of a sustainable memorial landscape.


Collett1 Brad CollettLandscape Architecture


Brad is an Assistant Professor in the Department Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the Landscape Architecture Program.   Advanced design studio and professional practices are among courses in his developing experience as an educator, in addition to fundamentals of landscape design in Plant Sciences’ undergraduate landscape design program. His research interests include landscape performance, specifically low impact development, and sustainable planning, design, and development in the context of professional practice.  Brad is the landscape architecture program’s liaison to the Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) regional planning initiative.


Hodges1 Donald Hodges Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries


Donald G. Hodges is the James R. Cox Professor of Forest Economics and Policy and Director of the University of Tennessee Natural Resource Policy Center. Don teaches Economics of Forest and Wildland Resources (Forestry 314), Forest Resource Management (Forestry 420), Advanced Forest Resource Management (Forestry 530), and International Natural Resource Issues (FWF 420/520). His research program emphasizes markets for forest ecosystem services and the economic aspects of natural resource management and related public policies.



Jenny Retherford

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jennifer joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in August, 2012 as a lecturer. She teaches several undergraduate courses in structural engineering, and is responsible for the department’s senior design project. Her research interests include reliability analysis, optimization methods, and uncertainty quantification methods as applied to various civil engineering disciplines. Jenny is active with the student chapter of ASCE and has participated as a professor for the College of Engineering’s Diversity Pre-College Programs.


McKinney1 Mike McKinneyEarth and Planetary Sciences


Mike McKinney is a Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. Dr. McKinney teaches environmental geology and restoration ecology. His research interests focus on urban and restoration ecology. He serves as the faculty advisor to the student environmental club at UT (SPEAK) and is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and the Sustainability B.A.




Tricia Stuth


Tricia Stuth, AIA is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Partner in the firm curb. Her dedication to understanding design as intricately influenced by culture and technology, politics and place has earned national recognition through practice, scholarship and teaching. She is co-director of the New Norris House – a UTK design|build|evaluate project  and one of the nation’s top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design in 2013, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment.