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2021 Global Catalyst Teaching and Service Award

The Global Catalyst Award honors those who enhance intercultural and international awareness of students and the campus community.

Erin Darby

Erin DarbyErin Darby is an associate professor of religious studies and a near eastern archaeologist. Partnering with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities, She co-directs the Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project and leads the Dig Jordan Study Abroad Program. She also works with the Israel Antiquities Authority to study excavated materials in southern Israel.

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As Tennessee Vols, we work to improve the world around us, both at home and abroad. We integrate our teaching, research, and service to maximize impact and create global communities that invest energy, cultivate talent, and innovate solutions to meet the challenges facing our world. UT’s Volunteer Spirit makes the work I do a strategic priority, whether preserving cultural heritage in the Middle East, equipping students with the tools they need for cultural competency, or supporting our global community right here in East Tennessee.