TIPs Initiative Task Force

The TIPs Initiative Task Force is comprised of faculty from across the university appointed to holistically review the Trans-Institutional Programs initiative. TIPs, an internal faculty funding program, completed its sixth and final award cycle last academic year as part of the university’s $50 million strategic investment.

The task force members will consider whether it would be of value to launch a new initiative, and if so, develop and submit recommendations by the fall of 2021.

The program was designed to serve as a catalyst to support new ideas, groundbreaking research and the development of infrastructure by supporting emerging and existing trans-institutional centers and institutes.

The TIPs Initiative Task Force is charged with:

  • conducting analyses to determine successes and/or missed opportunities
  • determining if it would be of value to launch a new trans-institutional investment initiative
  • developing recommendations for a new investment initiative that takes into consideration the findings

Task Force Members:

  • Dana Nelson (co-chair), Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
  • Eric Skaar (co-chair), Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair in Pathology
  • Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Stevenson Chair in Physics and Astronomy
  • Rolanda Johnson, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the School of Nursing, professor of nursing
  • Peter Kolkay, associate professor of bassoon, chair of the Woodwinds Department
  • David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Chair of Political Science
  • Christopher P. Loss, associate professor of public policy and higher education
  • Larry Marnett, dean of basic sciences in the School of Medicine, University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology, and Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research
  • Kimryn Rathmell, Hugh J. Morgan Chair of Medicine
  • Lisa Thompson, associate professor of black homiletics and liturgics
  • Holly Tucker, Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and professor of French
  • Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Tracey George (ex officio), vice provost for faculty affairs, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
  • Sally Parker (ex officio), senior assistant provost
  • Jennifer Pietenpol (ex officio), executive vice president for research at VUMC, director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology and Otolaryngology
  • Padma Raghavan (ex officio), vice provost for research