The Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) takes the expertise of a statewide university to the communities of Tennessee by helping leaders in government, business and law enforcement solve real-world problems every day.


We serve business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans. We envision Tennessee as a global leader with thriving business and industry, efficient and effective government, and vibrant communities. At the Institute for Public Service we value people, diversity, relationships, integrity, and excellence.


Naifeh Center

Center for Industrial Services (CIS) County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

LEIC’s National Forensic Academy Receives Cutting-Edge Photographic Equipment

As an integral component of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC), the National Forensic Academy (NFA) continually endeavors to provide the most up-to-date information and technology to the nation’s crime scene investigators. The NFA recently acquired several cutting-edge Fuji infrared (IR) cameras. Thanks

Needed: Workplace Development

This article was originally published on Tim Waldo’s LinkedIn page. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This old adage infers the idea that we’ve looked at it and evaluated whether or not it needs fixing. We constantly talk about our workforce concerns and the need to improve the

Is Your Business Secure?

By Ahmad Austin Vice President, BTL Technologies Did you know that a cybercriminal does not need to hack into your network or break into your office to obtain your business’ information? The individual just needs to use psychology and a human’s nature to trust people against them or social engineering.

UT Institute for Public Service Reports $1.6 Billion Economic Impact for FY17

The University of Tennessee system’s source of outreach to government, business and communities – the Institute for Public Service (IPS) – provided assistance in fiscal year 2017 that led to more than $1.6 billion in economic impact for Tennessee. Through its five agencies, which provide training and technical consulting to

Integrating the Workforce Development System

(From the LinkedIn Page of CIS Workforce Readiness Specialist Tim Waldo) At the Southern Automotive Conference this year, there was a great deal of talk about how technology is rapidly changing the way manufacturers communicate not only at the factory level but also throughout their supply chain. The impressive

Leaders Self-Regulate


Posted on LinkedIn by CIS Workforce Readiness Specialist Tim Waldo The argument could be made that many of today’s leaders lack virtue. Good, honest leadership has always been in demand, however, these days glaring examples of leaders whose character traits caused them to fail readily spring to mind. No doubt,