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New Faculty Orientation Agenda

Thursday, August 12th, 8:00 – 4:30 pm CT

Alumni Hall

Hosted by: Office of Faculty Affairs 

  • Tracey George – Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs / Charles B. Cox III & Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law & Liberty / Professor of Political Science
  • Jermaine Soto – Director of Faculty Development

(8 – 9 am) Registration & Breakfast

  • Chancellor & Provost will greet new faculty as they arrive for the day. 

(9 – 10 am) Welcome Addresses 

  • Daniel Diermeier – Chancellor, University Distinguished Professor of Management and Political Science
  • Cybele Raver – Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor of Psychology & Human Development

(10 – 11 am) The Faculty Experience at Vanderbilt

  • Cybele Raver (Moderator)
  • Larry Bartels – Professor of Political Science / Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions / May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science
  • David Owens – Professor of the Practice of Management & Innovation / Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry
  • Keivan Stassun – Professor of Physics & Astronomy / Director of the Frist Center for Autism & Innovation
  • Emilie M. Townes – Dean of the Divinity School / Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society

(11 – 12 pm) Learning at Vanderbilt

  • Doug Christiansen – Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs / Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid / Associate Professor of Public Policy & Higher Education
  • Melissa Gresalfi – Dean, Martha Rivers Ingram Commons / Professor of Teaching & Learning
  • Derek Bruff – Assistant Provost / Executive Director, Center for Teaching / Interim Director, Digital Commons / Principal Senior Lecturer of Mathematics

(12:00 – 1:00 pm) Lunch

  • Catered onsite

(1:00 – 2:00 pm) Discovery at Vanderbilt

  • Vanessa Beasley – Vice Provost for Academic Affairs / Dean, Residential Faculty / Associate Professor of Communications Studies
  • André Christie-Mizell – Vice Provost for Graduate Education / Dean of the Graduate School / Centennial Professor of Sociology
  • Padma Raghavan – Vice Provost for Research / Professor of Computer Science

(2:00 – 2:15 pm) Break

(2:15 – 3:00 pm) Ethics at Vanderbilt

  • Bart Quinet – Assistant Provost / University Registrar
  • G.L. Black – Assistant Provost / Dean of Students
  • Mary Roy – Director and Title IX Coordinator

(3:00 – 3:15 pm) Closing Remarks 

(3:15 – 3:30 pm) New Faculty Group Photo

(3:30 – 4:30 pm) New Faculty Networking and Happy Hour

Enrichment Experiences

This year, in addition to New Faculty Orientation, new faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the Vanderbilt campus and learn more about Nashville history through collaborative activities with Vanderbilt University’s Facilities department and the Nashville Public Library. Participation in any of these experiences is optional. Descriptions and registration links are below. (Click on the session times of your choice for registration access)

Civil Rights Room (Nashville Public Library)

The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of the Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited here capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.  (Sessions will take place at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219).

Votes for Women: Legacy of the 19th Amendment (Nashville Public Library)

The Votes for Women Room was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution. This permanent exhibit explores a range of topics surrounding democracy, political movements, and women’s role in society through videos, interactive exhibits, a timeline, and interpretative panels. (Sessions will take place at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219).

Vanderbilt University Arboretum Tour

Since its founding, Vanderbilt’s arboretum has been an important part of its campus identity. Join James Moore, University Landscape Architect, on a tour of its arboretum collection to learn more about these trees and their connection to Vanderbilt’s past and future.

Vanderbilt Facilities 101

Join the Vanderbilt Facilities department for an introduction to the wide breadth of services provided by Facilities and some of its leadership team.  Along with a general overview, this session will demonstrate how to report basic problems, request project work and report problems after normal business hours. Lunch will be provided.