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Matthew T. Theriot

Dr. Matthew T. Theriot

Matthew T. Theriot, PhD

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives
Director, Teaching and Learning Innovation and UT ASCEND
Professor of Social Work


  • BSW, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD, The University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:

Dr. Theriot’s scholarly focus is on juvenile violence and delinquency. His secondary interests are social work education and mental health service utilization.

Courses Taught:

  • Interviewing Skills and the Helping Relationship in Social Work Practice (SWK 312)
  • Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities (SW315)
  • Social Welfare Policies and Issues (SW416)
  • BSSW Integrative Seminar (SW460)
  • Teaching Methods in Social Work (SW675)
  • Social Work Pedagogy in Online Environments (co-teacher; SW676)
  • First-Year Studies 101
  • Maniacs and Psycho Killers: Myths and Realities of Mental Illness in Pop Culture (FYS 129)
  • Heroes, Harlots, Victims, and Virgins: Examining Gender Roles in Film and Television (UNHO 101)


Dr. Matthew Theriot is professor and director of UT ASCEND, UTK’s National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE program to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines. He previously served as associate provost for teaching & learning innovation (2015-2018), interim vice provost for faculty affairs (2016-2018), and associate provost for faculty development and strategic initiatives (2018-2020.) As associate provost, he led the University’s Office Of Online Programs as well as Teaching and Learning Innovation, UTK’s home for faculty development. He also led the campus’ leadership development programs. As vice provost, he managed processes related to faculty recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, tenure, and professional development for the campus. He also led campus efforts on faculty-related aspects of the University’s strategic plan.

Since arriving at the University of Tennessee in 2003, he served as director of the College of Social Work’s undergraduate program from 2006 to 2013 and then served for three years as director of the college’s PhD program. He has chaired the university’s Undergraduate Council and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and recently led the development of the campus’ Quality Enhancement Plan, Experience Learning. He also served on the board of directors for the Council on Social Work Education and currently serves on CSWE’s Commission on Membership and Professional Development. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked as a school social worker, child welfare worker, and mobile crisis counselor.

He earned his BSW and MSSW at the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses primarily on juvenile violence and delinquency, with a special interest in school violence and school security. His secondary areas of research are mental health service utilization and social work education.