Beginning fall 2016, Gina Benedict will carry the torch of social justice on the Maryville College campus in Maryville, Tennessee. Two years ago, administrators at Maryville College gave her the opportunity to help write a proposal to create a criminal justice major. This fall, she begins her new position as coordinator of criminal justice, which includes teaching classes, supervising senior theses, and monitoring student internships.
Benedict credits our program for helping her see how issues within criminal justice relate to other facets and fields, which helped her develop the curriculum for her program at Maryville College.“The faculty and courses at UT broadened my understanding of pertinent issues and helped me be able to communicate these perspectives and materials to students,” says Benedict. “I credit my UT experience for making me a suitable candidate for my new position.”