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Early spatial reasoning predicts later creativity and innovation

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue, Research News

Exceptional spatial ability at age 13 predicts creative and scholarly achievements more than 30 years later, according to results from a longitudinal study led by David Lubinski, professor of psychology. The study provides evidence that early spatial ability—the skill required to mentally manipulate 2D and 3D objects—predicts the development of new knowledge, and especially innovation [...]

New evaluation process offers better outcomes for juvenile offenders

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue, Research News

Peabody researchers are partnering with juvenile justice systems around the country to evaluate the potential of delinquency intervention programs to reduce recidivism in hopes of improving outcomes for young offenders. Mark Lipsey, research professor in human and organizational development and director of the Peabody Research Institute, is the lead researcher on the Juvenile Justice Reform [...]

NSF grant yields insights on math teaching

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue, Research News

A grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation will enable Peabody researchers Thomas Smith and Paul Cobb to collaborate with Chinese researchers to identify instructional supports that lead to higher levels of mathematics achievement. Smith, associate professor of public policy education and director of graduate studies in leadership, policy and organizations, and Cobb, professor [...]

From the Dean

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, From the Dean, Issue

Peabody is committed to excel on the international front, rooted in the knowledge that the best solution to conflict and chaos resides in education.

$10M grant establishes center for special education

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Research News

The National Center for Special Education Research has awarded $10 million to a team of researchers led by Doug and Lynn Fuchs, the Nicholas Hobbs Professors of Special Education and Human Development, to develop new math and reading strategies aimed at improving student success. The five-year grant, which establishes an Accelerated Academic Achievement Research Center, [...]

Wehby receives Chancellor’s Cup

Posted in: Around the Mall, Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue

A Faculty Senate meeting was delayed briefly Oct. 3 by a surprise guest—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos—who interrupted the session to award the 2013 Chancellor’s Cup, now in its 50th year. The recipient was Joe Wehby, associate professor of special education and co-director of graduate studies in special education. He lends his time and resources to [...]

A goulish ghord appears at Wyatt

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Reflections

Fall weather arrived reluctantly and late to Peabody lawn. When crisp temperatures at last contested summer’s vestiges, this ghoulish gourd, as if by magic, appeared on the steps of the Wyatt Center. Mischievously grinning beneath its leafy crown, it stood watch as sweaters and scarves materialized in the frost-tinged mornings, squirrels scurried to gather provisions, [...]

Citizen of the world, ambassador by default

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Features

Keegan Fellow Kathleen Russell shares her journey: 373 days, 24 countries, five continents—and a life transformed.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Features

A mobile farmers’ market, a fair wage bakery and a newspaper that employs the homeless are just a few of the social entrepreneurship efforts launched by HOD students.

Gold Standard

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Peabody People

Finding one’s passion is the key to a fulfilling life, says Betsy Wills, and helping young people tap into their passions has become one of hers.


Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Peabody People

Rawlings executives John and Robert Parish carry on the family tradition of working in the sporting goods industry.

Foreign Exchange

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Features

In a fragmented world, education can build bridges across oceans, mountains and deserts; it can draw connections between cultures that seemingly have little in common; and it can break the knots of tightly bound prejudices through shared experiences and mutual concerns. For these reasons, Peabody College has embarked on a journey of robust international exchange.

For more than a decade, Peabody faculty members have been crisscrossing the globe to study and teach best educational practices. They have invested in programs to bring teachers and education leaders from other countries to the Vanderbilt campus and have collaborated with education researchers abroad to find solutions to the most impregnable problems facing schools today.

Luck + hard work = success

Posted in: Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Peabody People

Nearly 50 years later, Chong-Moon Lee recalls the generosity he encountered during his first visit to the Peabody Library.

Recent Peabody research news releases

Posted in: Research News, Summer 2013

Do popular education reforms demoralize teachers? Three widely implemented practices intended to strengthen teaching actually do more to undermine professionalism and demoralize teachers, according to Richard Milner, associate professor of education. In a policy brief,  Milner pinpoints evaluations of teachers based on annual gains in students’ standardized test scores, fast-track teacher preparation and licensure programs, [...]

From the Dean

Posted in: From the Dean, Summer 2013

The deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School demand not only our grief, but our reflection.

Staff and Student News

Posted in: Around the Mall, Summer 2013

Vandy goes Harry Potter! Ann Neely, associate professor of the practice of teaching and learning, and Georgene Troseth, associate professor of psychology, led a Harry Potter-themed first-year writing seminar in psychology in England over spring break. The class included discussion of such topics as temperament, real orphans and psychopathology. They took in a performance of [...]

Awards, Honors and Recognition

Posted in: Around the Mall, Summer 2013

The Association of Black Sociologists, partnering with Peabody, launched its official journal, Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal. As the official journal of ABS, it will be produced biannually, with Sandra L. Barnes, professor of human and organizational development serving as editor. Erik Carter, associate professor of special education, has received the [...]

In Memory

Posted in: Around the Mall, Summer 2013

Alumni Berlin Vance, BS’39, of Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 1, 2013. Herschiel S. Barnes, BS’40, JD’48, of Cookeville, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2012. Joe T. Brandon, BS’42, of San Marcos, Calif., Sept. 9, 2012. Selina Stoddard Hopkins, BLS’42, of Summerville, S.C., Jan. 19, 2013. Reba Hayden Vantrease Toft, BA’44, of Clarksville, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2012. Ben Allen [...]

Readers Write

Posted in: Readers Write, Summer 2013

Readers share their feedback and insights.

New books from Peabody professors and alumni

Posted in: Read About It, Summer 2013

New books have been published by Peabody faculty and alumni.

Small Investments Yield Big Rewards

Posted in: Peabody People, Summer 2013

When Virginia Johnson enrolled in Peabody, WWII was just ending and teachers were in high demand.

Building on a Strong Foundation

Posted in: Peabody People, Summer 2013

Chris Lai says Peabody prepared him for the twists and turns of life.

Into the Future

Posted in: Peabody People, Summer 2013

Willard Brown is one of the first in America to own the new Tesla model S electric car.

Change and Continuity

Posted in: Features, Summer 2013

The invitation was intriguing: “We’d love to have you write about how undergraduate teaching has changed during your tenure.” “Yes!” I thought, “This could be interesting!”

A Mother’s Mission

Posted in: Features, Summer 2013

The light-filled classrooms of The Paragon School in Orlando, Fla., provide everything that this mother ever hoped for in an academic environment for her son. That’s because she created it.