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TIPs Council and Review Panels

Trans-Institutional Programs

About the TIPs Council

The TIPs Council was established in Fall 2015 with nine at-large members—as agreed upon by the Chancellor, the Provost, and the President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Membership was increased to eleven to ensure diversity across disciplines. The size of the Council helps foster genuine deliberation among a diverse set of scholars. The goals of the Council are met by ensuring broad and inclusive representation from the humanities, social sciences and natural and physical sciences.

Council goals:
Formed in response to a recommendation of the Academic Strategic Plan, the Council is charged with identifying TIPs applications that represent worthwhile investments and demonstrate the characteristics to expand and strengthen Vanderbilt’s research and teaching portfolio.

Terms of service:
Council members typically serve 2-3 year terms, but leave and new administrative duties can alter length of service. Term expirations are staggered to ensure continuity among the Council.

Selection of new members:
Potential Council members are identified by canvasing existing members and working with Deans from across all schools and colleges with academic appointments. 

Review Process

Since the inception of the TIPs program, the Review Process has evolved and developed into what it is today. Review panels are comprised of a group of faculty representing each of Vanderbilt's schools and colleges. This inclusivity ensures broad and inclusive representation from the humanities, social sciences and natural and physical sciences.

Cycle 2019 Review Process:

  • Council and Panel Members are charged - goals of the program and their role are reviewed during meeting.
  • Reviews are submitted via InfoReady Review.
  • Reviewers meet as a group to discuss the applications that they reviewed, identifying pros and cons. Ultimately, reviewers come to a consensus on a funding decision for each application.
  • Award letters are distributed through InfoReady Review - feedback entered into the system as well as a brief summary of the meeting discussion is provided to the applicant.

Note: This process is continually being evaluated and improved upon. Any comments or suggestions regarding the Review Process may be submitted online by completing this anonymous web form.

TIPs Council, Cycle 2019

  • Co-Chair Jennifer Pietenpol,  Executive Vice President for Research, VUMC
  • Co-Chair Padma Raghavan, Vice Provost for Research
  • Camilla Benbow, Patricia & Rhodes Hart Dean of Education & Human Development
  • Bill Collins, Terence E. Adderley, Jr. Professor of Economics
  • Dave Cortez, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
  • Susan Guttentag, Julia Carell Stadler Chair in Pediatrics
  • Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Chair
  • Nancy King, Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Professor of Law
  • Peter Kolkay, Associate Professor of Bassoon
  • Bunmi Olatunji, Professor of Psychology
  • Eric Skaar, Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair in Pathology
  • Ben Tran, Associate Professor of Asian Studies
  • Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

TIPs Review Panels, Cycle 2019 

TIPs Review Panel 1

  • Co-Chair Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Chair in Nursing
  • Co-Chair Sarah Brown-Schmidt,  Associate Professor in Psychology and Human Development
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Ashley Carse, Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Development
  • David Ikard, Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in Political Science
  • Owen McGuinness, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Kim Rathmell, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Chair in Medicine
  • Florence Sanchez, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chris Serkin, Professor of Law
  • C. Melissa Snaar, Associate Professor of Ethics and Society
  • Roy Zent, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Chair in Medicine

TIPs Review Panel 2

  • Co-Chair Brett Benson, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Co-Chair Velma Murry, Betts Chair in Education and Human Development
  • Jimmy Byrd, Associate Professor of American Religious History
  • Joy Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Musicology
  • Maureen Gannon, Professor of Medicine
  • Angela Jefferson, Professor of Neurology
  • Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor ofSociology and Jewish Studies
  • Jesse Peterson, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Rena Robinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Richard Simerly, Louise B. McGavok Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Richard Willis, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Accounting
  • Jamey Young, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering