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Assistant Director

Amy Gilliland serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. In this role, Amy cultivates university-community partnerships that engage faculty and students in solving grand challenges and real-world problems; coordinates the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and reclassification process; creates and offers professional development opportunities for faculty interested in community-engaged scholarship; and helps share the impactful story of community engagement at UT.

A native of Maryville, Tennessee, Amy brings an extensive background in K-12 and higher education, national service, nonprofit management, and community engagement. Her greatest passions involve deepening relationships with university and community partners, assisting faculty members with the integration of community engagement to enhance the curriculum and help solve community challenges, and the intersections of student success, diversity, and community engagement. Her education at the University of Tennessee (a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and her master’s degree in Education), as well as her service with the former TeamVols office, created a firm foundation for her commitment to this important work.

Amy has been appointed by the Governor as commission member for Volunteer Tennessee. She also serves on other local boards, volunteers with her church, and engages in her local community. In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling, cheering on the Vols, and spending quality time with her family. Amy can be reached at