Charlie Parker, UT Institute of Agriculture

Charlie Parker is the new director of the University of Tennessee Construction Science Program housed in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) at the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) has selected Charlie Parker to serve as director of the recently formed Construction Science Program.

Parker has over 20 years of experience as an assistant professor in the Construction Engineering Technology program at East Tennessee State University. In addition, Parker served as the program’s coordinator, where it experienced significant growth during his tenure. With a proven track record in developing construction science programs, Parker guided ETSU’s program through its initial accreditation as well as three additional accreditation visits.

“Charlie will be a natural fit into the constituent-oriented applied science programs here at CASNR and the UT Institute of Agriculture,” said Eric Drumm, Department Head in BESS. “He is very well known within the regional construction industry, has been widely recognized as an outstanding teacher and has been very successful placing his graduates into meaningful roles with regional contractors.”

Construction continues to be one of the largest segments of the U.S. economy and the UT Construction Science Program continues to receive strong support from the construction industry in Tennessee. The program prepares graduates for careers in construction management and related fields. Like the other programs in CASNR and BESS, the construction science has core teaching strengths in applied science and problem solving.

UT joins a number of universities across the country with strong, industry-based construction management or building science programs. Several of these programs are based in colleges of agriculture, and more than half of the nation’s top-25 public universities have construction management or similarly named programs.

The UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is a part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 AgResearch and Education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Eric Drumm, Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, 865-974-7266,