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Faculty Director Search Now Underway

January 22, 2013

Message to Vanderbilt Faculty from Provost McCarty       

Applications for the position of Faculty Director of Moore and Warren Colleges are now being accepted by my office in light of recent technical problems with the online process.  Interested full-time Vanderbilt faculty should email (1) a letter of intent and qualifications and (2) brief C.V. to Susan Barge, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, by February 15. 

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Cynthia Cyrus and Dean of Students Mark Bandas will personally review all applications as co-chairs of the Faculty Director Search Committee that is comprised of faculty, staff and students. 

Thank you for your understanding.


Richard McCarty

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost



College Halls Faculty Director

Job Description

The Office of the Provost seeks two resident Faculty Directors to lead the new residential colleges as part of the College Halls at Vanderbilt system currently under construction at the former Kissam Quadrangle site.  These college halls, Moore College and Warren College, will open in fall 2014 to a combination of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each college will be divided into two halls led by resident Graduate Fellows to facilitate leadership development and programming goals for the college at large.  Moore College (340 beds) will consist of Rice Hall and Smith Hall while Warren College (319 beds) will include Elliston Hall and Delbruck Hall.

Working within a college halls environment as part of the Vanderbilt residential system and centered on the idea of an engaged community, the Faculty Director will facilitate the development of a vision for a particular college.  The Faculty Director will be tasked with establishing an integrated and inclusive academic and residential learning environment in which all students feel welcome to participate and contribute ideas and experiences.  By providing appropriate scaffolding for student initiatives, the Faculty Director will provide leadership opportunities for all members of the college hall community.  S/he will also foster the unique characteristics of each hall, allowing for student agency and for a flexibility of content, knowing that the system will inevitably change over time.

The effective Faculty Director will participate dynamically with students, serving as a visible presence within the college hall community.  S/he will encourage and support student-conceived programming, both formal and informal, and encourage civil dialogue about contemporary and challenging issues.  S/he will act as a facilitator for the residents, help them to form a strong community at the beginning of the academic year, and work with them thereafter to lead initiatives that bring other faculty members and community members into the college halls.  S/he will also serve as a mentor and model who directs and/or facilitates discussion of professional identity and vocation.  S/he will provide residents with regular opportunities for reflection about the intersection of their co-curricular and academic lives with their personal aspirations. 

The Faculty Director will work closely with the residential education staff (the Area Coordinator, Head Residents, and Resident Advisers), with Graduate Fellows, and with other faculty in residence to assess the state of each hall, each college, and the college hall system generally in the context of the university at large.  S/he will play an ongoing evaluative role, serving as a conscious observer of both formal and informal activities within the halls and enabling student leadership to address issues that arise.  S/he will wisely steward the university’s physical, fiscal, and human resources.  S/he will document and assess the activities of the college on an ongoing basis, and prepare a “State of the Halls” report at yearly intervals.  The Faculty Director reports to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.


 The Faculty Director will live in the college in a spacious 2500 square foot apartment, consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an outdoor terrace and an open floor plan for entertaining students and guests.  S/he will also receive free parking in the underground garage, a meal plan and access to the newly renovated Alumni Hall for catered meals and events.  A compensation plan to address the effort associated with the role of Faculty Director will developed with each finalist.


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