Education Experts

Sarah J. Hillyer

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, Director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Sarah Hillyer is the founding director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She is a professor who specializes in sport for development and peace, with a focus on women’s empowerment, local community development, and building global peace through sport-based initiatives.


Jeffrey T. Fairbrother

Director of Motor Behavior Laboratory, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Jeff Fairbrother is the director of the university’s Motor Behavior Lab. His research examines factors that influence motor performance and learning, and the nature of skilled movements


Susan Benner

Associate Dean of Professional Licensure, Director of the Graduate School of Education, Professor of Early Childhood Special Education

Susan Benner has been an institutional representative to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for many years and is the past president of the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.


Terri Combs-Orme

The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor

Terri Combs-Orme is the Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor in the College of Social Work. Her research focuses on the needs of disadvantaged children and families.