Committee on Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere


The university has named a committee charged with finding ways to assist Vanderbilt faculty who seek to further the impact of their achievements by communicating their research to broader audiences. The Committee on Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere will help faculty members share their work, discoveries and impact with a broader audience.

VIDEO: Chancellor's Town Hall - Scholars in the Public Sphere

2018 Report


  • Ganesh Sitaraman (chair), professor of law
  • Ken Catania, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences
  • Steve Ertel, vice chancellor for communications
  • Sarah Igo, associate professor of history, political science, law and American studies
  • Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities
  • Holly Tucker, professor of French

Faculty liaisons to the Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere committee are:

  • Terrah Akard, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing
  • Bruce Barry, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Kitt Carpenter, professor of economics, College of Arts and Science
  • Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor, professor of public policy and education, Peabody College
  • Rebecca Ihrie, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, assistant professor of neurological surgery, School of Medicine
  • Paul Lim, associate professor of the history of Christianity, Divinity School
  • Josh McGuire, senior lecturer in aural skills, Blair School of Music
  • Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, professor of history, College of Arts and Science
  • Shelagh Mulvaney, associate professor of nursing (clinical psychology), School of Nursing
  • Erin Charles Perez, lecturer in the teaching of music, Blair School of Music
  • Phillis Sheppard, associate professor of religion, psychology and culture, Divinity School
  • Barb Stengel, professor of the practice of education, Peabody College
  • Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, professor of political science, College of Arts and Science
  • Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, associate professor of computer science, School of Engineering
  • Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering

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