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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. A call for nominations is posted in the spring—self-nominations are accepted.

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 2018 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 2018

  • John Geer, vice provost of academic and strategic affairs, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Science; co-chair;
  • Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research, professor of computer science and computer engineering, School of Engineering; co-chair;
  • Jennifer Pietenpol, executive vice president for research, VUMC, director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Benjamin F. Byrd Jr. Chair in Oncology, professor, biochemistry and otolaryngology, School of Medicine; co-chair;
  • Doug Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Chair, distinguished professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rhodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, Office of the Dean, Peabody College;
  • William Collins, Terence E. Adderley Jr. Professor of Economics, College of Arts and Science;
  • Robin Fountain, director, Vanderbilt University Orchestra, professor of conducting, Blair School of Music;
  • Susan Guttentag, Julia Carell Stadler Chair in Pediatrics, School of Medicine;
  • Kelly Haws, professor of marketing, Owen Graduate School of Management;
  • Nancy King, Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Chair in Law, Law School;
  • Dana Nelson, chair, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, College of Arts and Science;
  • Bunmi Olatunji, professor of psychology, College of Arts and Science;
  • Eric Skaar, Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair of Pathology, vice chair for basic research, director, pathology, microbiology, and immunology, School of Medicine;
  • David Sweatt, chair, Allan D. Bass Chair in Pharmacology, School of Medicine; and
  • Susan Wente, provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs, professor, cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine.
  • Jeffrey Balser, president and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, ex officio.

TIPs Review Panels, Cycle 2018 

TIPs Review Panel 1

  • Co-Chair Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law
  • Co-Chair Betsey Weiner, Centennial Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing
  • Ted Fischer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Anthropology
  • Lenn Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Amy Needham, Professor of Psychology and Human Development
  • Kim Rathmell, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Chair in Medicine
  • Florence Sanchez, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Rachel Teukolsky, Associate Professor of English
  • Duane Watson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development
  • Richard Willis, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Accounting
  • Roy Zent, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Chair in Medicine 

TIPs Review Panel 2

  • Co-Chair Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Associate Professor in Psychology and Human Development
  • Co-Chair Kane Jennings, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Brett Benson, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • David Calkins, Denis M. O’Day, M.B.B.S., Chair in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Lynn Enterline, Nancy Perot Chair in English
  • David Ikard, Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Angela Jefferson, Professor of Neurology
  • Holly McCammon, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Sociology
  • Jesse Peterson, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Chair in Nursing
  • Joerg Rieger, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies 
  • Chris Serkin, Professor of Law

TIPs Review Panel 3

  • Co-Chair Velma Murry, Betts Chair of Education and Human Development
  • Co-Chair Chuck Sanders, Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Chair in Cardiovascular Research
  • Jimmy Byrd, Associate Professor of American Religious History
  • Joy Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Musicology
  • Maureen Gannon, Professor of Medicine
  • Joel Harrington, Centennial Chair of History
  • Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in Political Science
  • Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor ofSociology and Jewish Studies
  • Andrea Page-McCaw, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Steve Posavac, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Marketing
  • Rena Robinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Jamey Young, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering