​​Wanda McCall, Administrative Assistant in UTIA Plant Sciences, Is the Winner of the E.J. Chapman Award

Picture of Wanda McCall with UTIA Leaders

Wanda McCall, administrative assistant in the Plant Sciences department, is the winner of the E.J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award. ​ Pictured from left to right: Scott Senseman, Plant Sciences department head; Wanda McCall, Plant Sciences administrative assistant; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior VIce Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Wanda McCall, administrative assistant in the Plant Sciences Department, is the winner of the E.J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award. This honor was established by the late E.J. Chapman, who served the university in a wide range of capacities from agronomist to assistant vice president for agriculture.

“Having spent a career at UT Housing, it is an honor to receive the E.J. Chapman Service Award,” McCall says. “The accolade shows how much I have learned and how warmly I have been received on the agricultural campus.”

McCall is approaching 25 years of service to UT, having worked in UT housing and on the UTIA campus in several different positions. She’s worked the past eight years in Plant Sciences, and colleagues praise her ability to organize events, help with administrative procedures, and keep tabs on many on-going projects at once. As an example of her kindness and dedication, McCall spends some of her break time with a Chinese graduate student – listening to him read aloud, and helping him improve his english.

Away from work, she enjoys old detective shows and babysitting her granddaughter.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,

Wanda McCall, Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-7324,