2015 Administrative Professionals Day at UTHSC

2015 Administrative Professionals Day at UTHSC Photo Gallery

Celebrating the Generational Melting Pot!

cell phone imageIt's time to celebrate!  In honor of the 2015 Administrative Professionals Day, the Health Science Center administration is pleased to join organizations across the United States in acknowledging administrative professionals with a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  Faculty, supervisors, managers, and colleagues are also encouraged to acknowledge administrative professionals in their departments.

The role of administrative professionals has progressed over the decades. The Health Science Center is fortunate to have administrative professionals in multiple generations who continue to make valuable contributions to the success of our institution.

This year's celebration will focus on the progression of the administrative support profession. It will also encourage us to acknowledge the value of employees in each generation who have chosen a career as an administrative professional.

In addition to changes in how these professionals function day-to-day, the "tools of the trade" have changed as well.  As shown in this year's graphic from the article Generational Melting Pot (July 2014) in the IAAP monthly publication, OfficePro, administrative professionals have gone from using manual typewriters to hand-held mobile devices to accomplish their tasks. Those professionals who have worked with all these tools may appreciate some of the progress while longing for some things from the past. Administrative professionals in recent generations may find it difficult to imagine being productive using manual typewriters or other tools from the past.  However, the common denominator is that each generation effectively uses the tools available to them to accomplish their jobs with excellence!  This year's theme, "Celebrating the Generational Melting Pot" was chosen to highlight the value each generation brings.

Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. There are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world. (IAAP)

Administrative Professionals Luncheon

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Tonjanita Johnson
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
University of Tennessee System

Dr. Tonjanita (Tonja) L. Johnson assumed the role of University of Tennessee vice president for communications and marketing on June 24, 2013.  In this capacity, she has responsibility for overall communications, research-based messaging, marketing, and branding activity for the UT System. Prior to her appointment with the University of Tennessee, Johnson served for three years as chief deputy to the president at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also held a faculty appointment in the Stony Brook University School of Professional Development, teaching higher education leadership.

From 2008-2010, Johnson served as associate vice president for marketing and communications at Middle Tennessee State University. While there, she also assisted the university president with executive communications and was a member of the faculty in the MTSU College of Mass Communication, teaching public relations. From 2001 to 2008, Johnson served in a series of progressively more responsible positions at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, where she also served as a faculty member. A year after joining MVSU as director of public relations, Johnson was promoted to chief of staff and executive assistant to the president, a post she held for five years. She concluded her service there as executive assistant to the president and associate vice president for university relations. Her career began in 1991 as a newspaper reporter for The Decatur Daily in Decatur, Ala. She was on the communication staff of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from 1993 to 1996, and worked as a graphic designer, copy editor, freelance writer and communication consultant from 1996 to 2001 in New Orleans.

Johnson began her college career at the University of Alabama in the summer of 1987 as a New York Times Scholar. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UA in mass communication in 1991 and 1996, respectively. She also earned a Ph.D. in 2006 in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she served as an Ayers Fellow in the Jake Ayers Institute for Urban Research. In 2008, she completed the Institute for Education Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A native of Butler, Ala., Tonja and her husband, Tony, live in Knoxville with their daughter, T'Anna Gabrielle, and their cat, Matlock.

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If you are a UTHSC Administrative Professional, join us for lunch on April 22, 2015 from 11:15 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. in the O.D. Larry Dining Hall (Student Alumni Center). The purpose is to honor eligible regular, full-time UT Administrative Professionals in eligible job titles/categories. This event is compliments of the UT Health Science Center administration, there is no charge.

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Participants may register online Password Protected Area from Wednesday, April 1st through Friday, April 10th. Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2015. Contact the Human Resources Department at 448-2784 or email dbrassel@uthsc.edu with questions.