Vice Provost for Faculty and International Affairs
Timothy P. McNamara is the vice provost for faculty and international affairs and professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University. One of his principal responsibilities as a member of the Provost’s senior staff is to help programs, departments, and schools to build outstanding faculties. His responsibilities are quite broad, but a major one is to oversee hiring, reappointment, tenure, and promotion decisions in the College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, Divinity School, School of Engineering, Law School, Owen School of Management, and Peabody College of Education and Human Development. His office sponsors periodic leadership workshops for department chairs, and two orientation sessions for faculty, a promotion and tenure workshop for newly-hired assistant professors and a general orientation to the university for all new faculty members. McNamara’s office also manages the university’s accreditation and is heavily involved in other aspects of compliance, especially research compliance as it relates to faculty.
Vice Provost McNamara’s second major area of responsibility is to lead international affairs and global strategy in the Provost’s office. He oversees study abroad, through the Global Education Office, and international partnerships and collaborations, through the Vanderbilt International Office. The English Language Center also reports to this office. In collaboration with colleagues in the Provost’s office, and other units of the university, McNamara works to advance Vanderbilt’s mission in the global arena.
McNamara joined the Department of Psychology in 1983 and chaired that department from 1996-2004. His research investigates human memory and cognition; especially spatial cognition and memory retrieval processes. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science.