Committees

The Faculty Senate is made up of eight committees, each given charges for the academic year.  

2023-2024 Committees

  • Academic Policies and Services (APS)

     To be concerned with new schools, new programs and new degrees. To consider policies regarding academic honors, leaves, grants, promotions, departmental and divisional chairmanships, programs abroad, the academic calendar, career planning and placement, Vanderbilt University Library, Information Services, the bookstore, and the University Press.

    Committee Members:
    1. EC Liaison: Peter Kolkay, Blair Scholl (2025)
    2. Chair: Kristen Scarpato, Medicine (2025)
    3. Lisa Fazio, Peabody (2024)
    4. Dan Levin, Peabody (2025)
    5. Elliott McCarter, Arts & Sciences (2024)
    6. Florence Sanchez, Engineering (2024)
    7. Kevin Schey, School of Medicine (2024)
    8. Kelly Sopko, School of Medicine (2026)
    9. Doug Christiansen (Ex Officio)
    10. Padma Raghavan (Ex Officio)
    11. Jon Shaw (Ex Officio)
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

    To be concerned with policies, programs, and practices that will ensure considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Faculty Senate and in the University.

    Committee Members:
     
    1. EC Liaison: Tammy Hoyt, School of Medicine (2024)
    2. Chair: Nicole Cobb, Peabody (2025)
    3. Ritu Banerjee, School of Medicine (2025)
    4. Christos Constandtinidis, Engineering (2025)
    5. Debra Friedman, School of Medicine (2026)
    6. Kelly Goldsmith, Owen (2025)
    7. Sara Martin, School of Medicine (2025)
    8. Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte, Arts & Sciences (2025)
    9. Jonathan Waters, Arts & Sciences (2024)
    10. Mogos Mulubrhan, Guest
  • Faculty Life (FLC)

    To be concerned with policies relating to wages and salaries, fringe benefits, management of investments, employment of non-academic personnel, faculty intellectual property including copyrights and patents, buildings and grounds, space, campus communications, traffic, parking, food services, and campus security.

    Committee Members: 
    1. EC Liaison: Liz Catania, Arts & Sciences
    2. Chair 1: Joerg Rieger, Divinity (2025)
    3. Chair 2: ML Sandoz, Arts & Sciences (2024)
    4. James Booth, Peabody (2026)
    5. Buddy Creech, School of Medicine (2025)
    6. Ralf Haberman, School of Medicine (2026)
    7. Piran Kidambi, Engineering (2026)
    8. Pengfei Li, School of Medicine (2026)
    9. Anna Richmond, Nursing (2025)
    10. Alexandra Shingina, School of Medicine (2026)
    11. Tracey George (Ex Officio)
  • Faculty Manual (FMC)

    To be concerned with all changes and proposed changes to the Faculty Manual and changes in other University policies that have a direct bearing on the Faculty Manual. To be concerned with compliance and regulatory changes from federal/state agencies and other regulatory bodies that require revisions to the Manual. To be concerned with policy issues arising within the Colleges and Schools at Vanderbilt that require clarification of the Manual, especially where congruence between the Schools and University is concerned. To ensure that any changes to the Manual are clearly identified, communicated, and archived annually.

    Committee Members:

    1. EC Liaison: Rebecca Swan, School of Medicine
    2. Chair: Doug Fisher, (non-senator)
    3. Susan Andrews, Nursing (2025)
    4. Joe Fishman, Law School (2026)
    5. Clifford Garrard, School of Medicine (2026)
    6. Tim Hanusa, Arts & Sciences (2026)
    7. Ji Hye Jung, Blair School (2024)
    8. Zhongyue Yang, Arts Sciences (2026)
    9. Donald Brady (Ex Officio)
    10. Tracey George (Ex Officio)
    11. Steven Meranze (Ex Officio)
  • Grievances (GrC)

    To be concerned with grievances arising under Part IV, Chapter 2, Section B of the Faculty Manual (those that arise from issues other than reappointment, tenure, and promotion).

    Committee Members:

    1. EC Liaison: Andrea Capizzi, Peabody
    2. Chair: Catherine McTamaney, Peabody (2025)
    3. Tyler Barrett, School of Medicine (2026)
    4. Kate Clouse, Nursing (2024)
    5. Phillip Franck, Arts & Sciences (NS)
    6. Ingrid Meszoely, School of Medicine (2024)
    7. Cindy Reinhart-King, Engineering, (2024)
    8. Claudine Taaffe, Arts & Sciences (2024)
  • Senate Affairs (SAC)

    To be concerned with all matters pertaining to the functioning of the Senate. Responsible for a continuing review of the Rules of the Senate, recommending new rules when appropriate, and assisting in the interpretation of existing rules. Considers proposed revisions of the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly and Senate when this duty is assigned by the Senate.

    Committee Members: 

    1. EC Liaison: Tamarya Hoyt, School of Medicine
    2. Chair 1: Dawn Iacobucci, Owen (2026)
    3. Chair 2: Jonathan Sprinkle, Engineering (2025)
    4. Ryan Belcher, School of Medicine (2024)
    5. Brian Heuser, Peabody (2025)
    6. Sara Horst, School of Medicine (2025)
    7. Bruce Morrill, Divinity (2025)
    8. Amanda Shakal, School of Medicine (2024)
    9. Marcy Singer-Gabella, Peabody (2025)
    10. Julie Vernon, Engineering (2024)
  • Strategic Planning and Academic Freedom Committee (SPAF)

    To be concerned with the impact of university-wide strategic planning on faculty self-governance and on the ability of faculty to perform their teaching, research and creative self-expression, service, and other professional responsibilities effectively. To be concerned with the policies regarding professional ethics, conscience, and academic freedom under Article II, Section 3e of the Senate Constitution.

    Committee Members:
    1. EC Liaison: Alisa Hare, Arts & Sciences (2025)
    2. Chair1: John Koch, Arts & Sciences (2024)
    3. Chair 2: Allison Walker, Arts & Sciences (2026)
    4. Lealani Mae Acosta, School of Medicine (2026)
    5. Elise Boos, School of Medicine (2026)
    6. Katherine Carroll, Arts & Sciences (2026)
    7. Queen Henry-Okafor, Nursing (2026)
    8. David Hyde, Engineering, (2026)
    9. Amanda Rose, Law School (2025)
    10. Mariano Sana, Arts & Sciences (2026)
  • Task Force on Clinical, Practice, Research and Lecture Faculty Standing
    The Task Force on Clinical, Practice, Lecture and Research Faculty Standing (CPRL) is to develop recommendations to address structural, organizational and cultural barriers to the full and equitable contributions of scholars, researchers, practitioners and artists across the university. 
     
     
    Chairs:
    Jonathan Waters, A&S
    Brian Heuser, Peabody 
    Katherine Crawford, A&S
  • Student Life (SLC)

    To be concerned with policies relating to student matters including residential colleges, rules and discipline, future composition of the student body, fraternities and sororities, intercollegiate athletics and club sports, intramurals, the Honor System, faculty-student relations, religious affairs, and the student health service.

    Committee Members:

    1. EC Liaison: Andrea Capizzi, Peabody (2024)
    2. Chair 1: Aimi Hamraie, Arts & Sciences (2024)
    3. Chair 2: Christian Ketel, Nursing (2024)
    4. Julio Ayala, School of Medicine (2026)
    5. John C. Ayers, Arts & Sciences (2026)
    6. Celina Callahan Kapoor, Arts & Sciences (2025)
    7. Rebecca Ihrie, School of Medicine (205)
    8. Joyce Johnson, School of Medicine (2025)
    9. Amanda Satterthwaite, School of Medicine (2024)
    10. GL Black, Ex Officio
    11. Roosevelt Noble, Ex Officio
    12. Tiffiny Tung, Ex Officio
  • VU/VUMC Ad Hoc Committee

    The purpose of the Ad Hoc Commitee is to address four charges:

    1. Evaluate challenges to the educational mission resulting from the VU/VUMC separation. This should include an analysis of challenges of mentorship and training of VU students by VUMC faculty and VU School of Medicine students by VU faculty.

    2. Evaluate challenges to the research mission resulting from the VU/VUMC separation. This should include an analysis of challenges resulting from the need for subcontracts and impact on indirect costs, limited institutional submissions and ease of collaboration between faculty.  

    3. Develop a prioritization strategy for addressing these challenges, and any others that that the committee may identify.

    4. Develop a strategy whereby recommendations to address challenges identified may be appropriately operationalized. This would include, but not be limited to engaging both VU and VUMC leadership for further consideration.  Ongoing, evaluate, as needed, future policy changes in VU and/or VUMC that result in challenges to the missions of the other institution or collaborative work arising from separation, providing input to leadership on the potential challenges.

    Committee Members:
    Co-Chair: Vicky Morgan, PhD, Medicine

    Co-Chair: Stephen Camarata, PhD, Medi

    Faculty:
    Barbara Fingleton, PhD, Medicine
    Bennett Landman, PhD, Medicine
    Cynthia Reinhart-King, PhD, Engineering
    Anna Richmond, PhD, Medicine
    Saralynn Williams, PhD, Medicine

     
  • Task Force on Clinical, Practice, Research and Lecture Faculty Standing (CPRL)

    The Task Force on Clinical, Practice, Lecture and Research Faculty Standing (CPRL) is to develop recommendations to address structural, organizational and cultural barriers to the full and equitable contributions of scholars, researchers, practitioners and artists across the university. 

    Jonathan Waters, A&S
    Brian Heuser, Peabody 
    Katherine Crawford, A&S
  • Liberal Arts at Vanderbilt Across Schools (LAVAS) Ad Hoc Commitee

    The Liberal Arts at Vanderbilt Across Schools (LAVAS) Ad Hoc Commitee was convened in Fall 2023 by the Faculty Senate in response to a request by the Provost and Vice Provost to address the role of Liberal Arts in each of the undergraduate schools at Vanderbilt.

    The Executive Commitee convened a committee that is representative of the four Undergraduate Schools: Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, Peabody College of Educa􀀁on and Human Development, and School of Engineering.

    Committee Members:

    Chair: Alissa Hare, Faculty Senate Chair elect

    Robert Bodenheimer, A&S

    Karen Enyedy, Peabody

    Sarah Igo, A&S

    Joshua McGuire, Blair

    Melissa Rose, Blair

    Cynthia Paschal, Engineering

    Jeremy Payne, Peabody