The mission of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (EPP) is to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food and fiber production, protect natural resources, and enhance the lives of all people in Tennessee and across the world.
Our vision is to be a recognized and innovative leader in discovery, education, development, and applications related to entomology and plant pathology.
The Entomology and Plant Pathology Department is fully committed to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive environment. We welcome students, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars and others regardless of age, appearance, disability status, gender, gender identity, geographic background, marital/partnered status, parenting status, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation and all other characteristics that make each of us unique. We continually work to create an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of society in general. We aim to cultivate an environment built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect. We believe diversity brings together a wide range of abilities, experiences, perspectives and worldviews that are crucial to enriching experiences and addressing challenging research questions.
Statement of Culture and Values
The culture of the department reflects a sincere desire for a high degree of collegiality, professionalism, community participation, diversity, mutual respect among all members, and the highest standards of scholarship and extension. We encourage the interactions of faculty, staff, and students in support of intellectual curiosity, scholarly ambition, and social enrichment. Each person's ideas and insights are valued for their creativity and independence of thought; all opinions and thoughts are welcome without prejudice or repercussions. Our departmental culture provides a constructive and safe environment to flourish and succeed, for learning and active debate, and is one that fosters inclusivity, openness, candor, respect for all people and ideas, and professionalism. We welcome, encourage, and accept diversity in age, appearance, citizenship, culture, gender, gender identity, marital status, military service, physical ability, professional status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. We celebrate the great strength of diversity and believe that it fosters excellence. All departmental members are encouraged to collaborate freely on teaching, research, and Extension programs with colleagues at the University of Tennessee and with personnel at U.S. and global academic and governmental institutions.