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OPA Postdoctoral Fellow Advisory Committee

Mission: The Postdoctoral Fellow Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and includes faculty and staff from across Vanderbilt University and VUMC. The committee meets regularly and works to ensure the postdoctoral community is well supported through OPA.

Current Members:

  • Faith Bishop, Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate and Professional Student Housing
  • James R. Booth, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Psychology and Human Development
  • Elizabeth Boyd, Executive Director of Operations, Graduate School
  • Tanya Brown, Sr. Director, HR Consulting
  • David Calkins, Assistant Vice President for Research, VUMC; Vice Chairman and Director for Research, Denis M. O’Day Professor of Ophthalmology
  • C. André Christie-Mizell, Vice Provost for Graduate Education; Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Dean of the Graduate School; Centennial Professor of Sociology
  • Annie Evans, Program and Communications Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Ellen Goldring, Executive Associate Dean, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair, Professor of Education and Leadership, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Peabody College
  • Kathy Gould, Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Louise B. McGavock Professor, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Annie Hornung, Deputy Director of Operations, Graduate School
  • E. Duco Jansen, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs, School of Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • John McLean, Dean of Graduate Education and Research, College of Arts & Science; Stevenson Professor of Chemistry
  • Haya Hayek, 2023-24 Postdoc Advocacy and EDI Co-Chair, Vanderbilt Postdoc Association
  • Vanessa Cerda, 2023-24 Postdoc Advocacy and EDI Co-Chair, Vanderbilt Postdoc Association
  • Mariann R. Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing; Senior Associate Dean for Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship Director, School of Nursing
  • Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer; Executive Vice President for Research, VUMC; Brock Family Directorship in Career Development; Professor of Biochemistry and Otolaryngology
  • Chris Vanags, Director of Research Initiatives, Peabody College of Education, Office of the Dean; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Julie Wilbers, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Richard H. Willis, Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty, Owen Graduate School of Management; Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr., Professor of Accounting