About Us

One of the most significant decisions you will make in your life is your career. At UT Martin, it starts with deciding on a major and exploring career-related goals. If you are not sure what path to follow, personal career assistance is available to you.


Career Planning and Development provides you with the knowledge and resources you need to make an informed decision when choosing a career. Information is available on the following topics for currently enrolled students and alumni: internships, job search, interview preparation, resume and cover letter writing, and on-campus interviews with employers.

Katie Mantooth

Katie Mantooth

Interim Director: 731.881.3716 | kpmantooth@utm.edu

  • Liaison to Engineering & Natural Sciences
  • Contact for major/career exploration as well as internship and job search strategy assistance
  • Contact for help with resume/cover letter writing, interview/networking skills and personal branding strategies

Katie, a native of Arkansas, graduated from Queens University of Charlotte (NC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication with a minor in art and the University of South Carolina with a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services with a concentration in counseling. She has over 20 years of experience in career services that includes career counseling/coaching, internship and student employment program management and social media/marketing coordination. Outside work, Katie enjoys church choir, running, cooking and spending time with her husband, Dr. Jamie Mantooth, and their three children. She is an advocate for local schools and serves on both the Charger Foundation and Weakley Arts Can boards.

Kameron Echols

Kameron Echols

Assistant Director: 731.881.3717 | kechols3@utm.edu

  • Liaison to the College of Business and Global Affairs
  • Contact for help navigating Handshake (employers and students)
  • Contact to post jobs (part and full-time) and internships
  • Contact about career fairs

Kameron is a dedicated higher education professional with experience in recruitment, retention, and advising. He is a UT Martin graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Child and Family Studies. Kameron is very active in the local community, where he serves on two advisory boards for local organizations: The Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse and The Weakley County Chamber. He also serves as a mentor and campus advisor for a student organization. Beyond work, Kameron enjoys bowling, photography, and cycling on the greenway. He resides in Martin with his wife, Courtney, and two children.

Dr. Annie Jones

Dr. Annie Jones

Career Counselor: 731.881.3713 | ajones93@utm.edu

  • Liaison to Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Nursing and diversity initiatives
  • Contact for major/career exploration as well as internship and job search strategy assistance
  • Contact for help with resume/cover letter writing, interview/networking skills and personal branding strategies

Dr. Annie Carol Jones is an advocate for diversity in higher education, Jones has conducted research in the field of minority student issues in higher education. She views all areas of diversity, students, staff, faculty, outreach, and campus climate as intertwined and interdependent, creating a full circle.

 

Jones holds a doctorate in education leadership and higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a Master of Science in education-counselor education from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Prior to her assignment as career counselor in 2016, Dr. Jones held the position of coordinator of Minority Affairs from 2010 – 2016.

 

Jones is also committed to community and volunteer service. She is a member and board member of the Martin Kiwanis club. Dr. Jones is an advocate/mentor for students on the UTM campus.

Melanie Young

Melanie Young

Career Counselor: 731.881.3714 | myoung21@utm.edu

  • Liaison to the Colleges of Humanities & Fine Arts and Education, Health, & Behavioral Sciences
  • Liaison to the UT Martin-Parsons Center
  • Contact for major/career exploration and career assessments
  • Contact for help with resume writing and developing professional narratives (stories) for interviews and graduate school applications

A proud Pacer/Skyhawk, Melanie is a three-time graduate of UTM. She holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (2019) and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology (1987). An experienced career counselor and adjunct instructor, her passion is to guide students toward their professional paths and to help them develop professional narratives to effectively market themselves. She challenges them to self-reflect and push the boundaries to grow and become ambassadors of the excellent educational preparation they receive at UTM. In her free time, she enjoys genealogy research and is in the process of becoming a certified Tennessee Naturalist.

Amy Bates

Amy Bates

Administrative Assistant: 731.881.3712 | abates17@utm.edu

  • Contact to schedule an appointment or presentation or reserve the CPAD conference room
  • Greets guests, answers the phone and manages payroll for student and professional staff

A graduate of Westview High School, Martin has been home for Amy with the exception of 10 years in Cookeville, TN. Amy is a certified administrative professional (CAP), and she brings over 20 years of administrative support and customer service management experience to CPAD, having previously worked at Leventhal Ltd, Averitt Express and Ferry Morse Seed Company. She and her husband Steve, a retired vice president of manufacturing of a uniform company, love to travel. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jennifer, a UTM graduate and staff member, her stepchildren, Chad and Heather, their spouses and five grandchildren.

Career Planning & Development Twitter