Communication Studies Emerita Professor and former Dean of the College of Communication and Information Dr. Faye D. Julian passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. She is remembered as an exceptional educator and administrator.
Julian received her BA in English from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, and her MA in Speech and Theatre (1962) and PhD in Communications (1977) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the first doctorate awarded by the College of Communications.
Julian served as a faculty member at UT for 43 years (1962-2005) and held many administrative positions including serving as: the inaugural dean of the College of Communication & Information (2002-2005), dean for undergraduate academic affairs and director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences and head of the Department of Speech Communication.
In addition to her administrative positions, Julian served the University as an English and speech teacher and debate team coach and then later as a theater professor and director of UT’s Children’s Theater. She was a member of the UT Board of Trustees’ Student Affairs Committee, chaired UT’s Undergraduate Council for five years, served two terms on the UT Faculty Senate, three years on the University Tenure/Promotion Committee, two terms on the Teaching Council and was a member of the Commission for Women for three terms. She also was a member of the steering committee for UT’s 1994 21st Century Campaign as well as UT’s Campaign for Tennessee (2005-2011).
During her career she was awarded several honors including the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Public Service (1977), the Communication Educator of the Year award from the Tennessee Speech Communication Association (1996), and the Woman of Achievement award from the UTK Commission for Women (1985). In 2009, Julian received CCI’s highest honor, the Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award.
Her professional activity included: the National Communication Association, the Association for Communication Administrators where she served on the editorial Board for the Journal of ACA, the Tennessee Speech Communication Association where she served as president 1995-1996, the General Education Committee of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi where she served as president 1997–1998, Kappa Tau Alpha and Mortar Board.
After retiring Julian was elected to the corporate board for the InterFaith Health Clinic where she also wrote a physicians’ newsletter. She served a three-year term on the Bishop’s Council for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, and conducted a youth poetry contest for Knoxville’s public and private schools sponsored by Ossoli Circle, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, for which she also served a term as president.
In a May 2017 column, former student and political cartoonist Marshall Ramsey paid tribute to Dr. Julian remembering the lessons he learned from her (http://marshallramsey.com/?p=15587). In the column he quotes her admonishment, “You have talent. I want you to make the most of it. So – you can do better,” and notes it as a motivating force throughout his career. She had that kind of impact on many of her students.
Dr. Faye D. Julian Obituary
March 12, 1937 – June 17, 2018
Dr. Faye D. Julian, 81 of Knoxville, Tennessee, departed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2018. She was born in Columbia, TN to Jewell and James Creswell Derryberry. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University where she met her future husband WJ Julian.
Faye and J moved to Knoxville when he was hired to be the band director at the University of Tennessee. Faye immediately started making her own mark at UT in a career that spanned 40 years.
Faye’s legacy at the University of Tennessee included some notable “firsts.”
In 1977, she received the first doctorate awarded by the College of Communications. When the College of Communications and the School of Information Sciences merged 2002, she became dean of the College of Communication & Information and remained in that role until her retirement in 2005.
After retirement, Julian was elected to the corporate board for the InterFaith Health Clinic. She served a three-year term on the Bishop’s Council for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee and in a variety of roles for the Ossoli Circle including a term as president.
She loved her students and colleagues at the University of Tennessee, her lifelong friends at the Church of the Good Samaritan and Ossoli Circle, and most of all, her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband WJ and her sister Virginia Derryberry.
Faye is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Nelson and her husband Michael of Cary, North Carolina; son, Jeffrey Julian and his wife Brandie of Knoxville and her precious grandchildren, Claire Hollingsworth Nelson, Julian Robert Nelson, Audrey Lynne Julian and William Johnathan Julian.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Faye D. Julian Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment in the School of Communication Studies, the Faye D. Julian Graduate Fellowship Endowment in the College of Communication & Information 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville TN 37996 or the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan.
|Drs. Faye and WJ Julian||CCI Professors Kelly Leiter, Faye Julian, Dwight Teeter and Herb Howard|
|Marshall Ramsey with Dr. Faye Julian||Dr. Faye Julian as CCI Dean|