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CliftonStrengths at UTK

The CliftonStrengths talent assessment, based on the concept of intentionally developing your strengths rather than your weaknesses, identifies students’ Top 5 Signature Themes from a list of 34 talents. CliftonStrengths is used across the world in large and small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Implementing CliftonStrengths at the University of Tennessee is made possible through a collaboration between First-Year Programs, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, and the Jones Center for Leadership and Service.

CliftonStrengths for Students

The University of Tennessee encourages students to be intentional about their leadership, academic, and professional development during their time on campus. CliftonStrengths helps students identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and apply their strengths in experiences that will help them be successful.

All students are able to take the CliftonStrengths talent assessment at no cost via:

CliftonStrengths for Student Organizations

Maximize the experience, effectiveness, and efficiency of your student organization’s executive board, leadership team, and general membership through CliftonStrengths. The campus-wide CliftonStrengths Facilitation Team can present on a number of topics that best fit the needs of your organization. Learn more here. There is no cost for facilitation.

If you have members who have not yet taken the assessment, please plan appropriately to give them time to take it before the facilitation date. If you’re not sure if your members have taken the assessment, please send a roster with names and UTK emails to and request a report.

CliftonStrengths for Faculty/Staff

The strengths-based approach can improve departmental culture, enhance employee experience, and help your teams learn to work better together. The Learning and Organizational Development team in Human Resources can come to your departmental meeting, retreat, or training and lead a workshop based on your unique goals. Request L&OD Support here.

If you’re a faculty or staff member who is interested in taking the assessment outside of a facilitation or coaching session, please contact Kerrie Johnson.