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.
Carolyn's primary responsibility is managing Vanderbilt's institutional partnerships, including the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), Queen's University Belfast (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Catholic University of Chile (Santiago), and Fudan University (Shanghai, China). On campus, Carolyn works closely with Peabody College of Education, Owen Graduate School of Management, School of Nursing, Law School, and Blair School of Music on specific school-based international initiatives and faculty research collaborations. She edits VIO's publication, Vanderbilt International, and manages incoming international delegations.
Carolyn joined VIO in Oct. 2007, after working at Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching (CFT) where she was responsible for the International Teaching Assistant Program and coordinating CFT programs. Prior to Vanderbilt, Carolyn taught English at English Language Services at Belmont University and worked in Belmont’s International Office and Office of the Assistant Provost.
She holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College, and a B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College. Carolyn studied overseas in Spain and Ecuador.
As Assistant Director, Melissa’s primary focus is Vanderbilt’s international university partnerships, including the cultivation of research, teaching and service collaborations with those partners. She liaises with faculty and administrators in Arts & Science, Engineering and Divinity to serve as a resource in the development of school-specific international strategies, including identifying funding for international collaborations. Melissa also oversees the Vanderbilt International Office Research Grants program, and serves as the primary point of contact for issues related to faculty and staff safety overseas.
Prior to joining VIO in fall of 2007, Melissa was the Associate Director of Development for Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership worldwide.
Melissa studied abroad in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Thailand. She holds a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a B.A. from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Peter Nordberg recently joined the Vanderbilt International office as an Administrative Officer. He relocated from Hanover,New Hampshire where he worked as an investment analyst in Dartmouth college’s endowment office. Prior to that he worked in Boston, Massachusetts at Partners Healthcare, Treasury and managed a study abroad program at the Lund University Law School in Sweden.
A native of Sweden, he attained a law degree from Lund University and moved to the U.S. in 2000 to attend Boston University for an LLM in banking and finance. Peter is enjoying the return to an academic environment and looks forward to contributing to the international office. He and his wife, Traci, have three daughters and enjoy travel, soccer and skiing.
Associate Dean for International Affairs, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Education Policy, Peabody College of Education and Human Development
Xiu Cravens serves as the China Liaison for Vanderbilt University. Professor Cravens grew up in Nanjing, China and earned her B.A. in Chinese literature and linguistics from Peking University, her M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. in education policy from Vanderbilt University.
Professor Cravens' research interests focus on the analysis of educational reform policies that are particularly related to the organizational and cultural contexts of schools in the United States and other countries in the world. Her academic work has been devoted mainly to two areas: understanding the role of school leaders (principals and superintendents) in a changing policy environment, and addressing the conceptual and methodological challenges of cross-cultural comparison and generalization in international education policy research. Recently, she participated in research studies on charter school effects with the National Center on School Choice, the development and validation of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education® (the VAL-ED), and the cross-cultural validity and reliability of the VAL-ED in Chinese urban schools.
Professor Cravens teaches courses in international education policy, education in Asia, and research methods as a faculty at the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations.