Provost’s WAVE Council – Women’s Advancement & Equity


The goal of the overall initiative is to develop progressive and innovative solutions and practices to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to succeed, no matter what gender they identify with. The council will look closely at the university’s practices, culture and support structure for the broad array of women faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows at Vanderbilt.

The council will:

  1. Identify and define thematic pillars upon which to focus efforts and when appropriate convene working groups or mobilize existing relevant, “linked” committees to do work associated with a particular pillar;
  2. Review working group and committee reports and recommendations, and analyze them in conjunction with other thematic pillars to ensure progress is being made; and
  3. Be connected to and aware of related work across campus, partnering on areas of common efforts for staff.

The council has established four subcommittees to focus on key thematic pillars:

  1. Campus Climate and Sexual Harassment Subcommittee
  2. Institutionalized Professional Practice Subcommittee
  3. Parental Leave, Childcare, and Family Friendly Policies Subcommittee
  4. Compensation Equity Subcommittee

In response to the pandemic, a new task force has been established. The WAVE COVID-10 Task Force will work to address gender equity concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 WAVE Council Steering Committee Membership

  • Catherine Gavin Loss, chair, associate professor of the practice of leadership, policy and organizations, Peabody College of Education and Human Development,
  • Amy Booth, professor of psychology and human development, Peabody College of Education and Human Development 
  • Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering
  • Carcia Carson, graduate student, department of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, and Graduate Student Council Vice President
  • Heather Conner, professor of piano and Chancellor’s Chair of Precollege Piano, Blair School of Music
  • Jennifer Fay, associate professor of cinema and media arts and English, College of Arts and Science
  • Melanie Lutenbacher, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing
  • Mark Magnuson, Louise B. McGavock Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine – Basic Sciences and Faculty Senate chair-elect
  • Catherine McTamaney, associate professor of the practice of teaching and learning, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and Faculty Senate chair
  • Katherine Petosa, undergraduate student and Vanderbilt Student Government Speaker of the Senate
  • ReAnna Roby, postdoctoral scholar, Fisk-Vanderbilt Regional Center of Excellence and Department of teaching and learning, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Equity, Diversity, and Justice chair
  • Phillis Sheppard, associate professor of religion, psychology and culture, Divinity School
  • Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Isaac West, associate professor of communication studies, College of Arts and Science
  • Rory Dicker, ex-officio, director, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
  • Tracey George, ex-officio,vice provost for faculty affairs and Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, Law School
  • Cindy Kam, ex-officio, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science

2019-2020 Archive Committee List 


Vanderbilt climate surveys on sexual assault and misconduct show informed and engaged campus community, challenges remaining

Vanderbilt faculty and postdocs report few experiences with sexual harassment in survey, but concerns persist

WAVE Council town hall provides progress report on current and future initiatives to support women on campus

Provost’s Steering Committee for Initiatives Focusing on the Status of Women – Now Known as WAVE


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