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Faculty Engagement Opportunities

Faculty engagement opportunities

Faculty Heads of House or College

Faculty heads of house or college play an essential role in educating the whole student. Living in residence, faculty heads have an opportunity to expand undergraduate learning beyond the classroom, demonstrating innovation, collaborative problem solving, and critical thinking in a way that is accessible and inviting for students.

For residential faculty positions, a list of interested faculty is maintained on an ongoing basis. These faculty members are contacted as new opportunities emerge, and thus there is no set deadline for applications. Letters of interest remain active and on file for five years.

Faculty interested in a faculty head position should complete the application at this link. As part of the application, you are asked to upload:

  • A letter of your interest, including any relevant qualifications, experience or expertise; and
  • A current CV

Faculty VUceptors

Faculty VUceptors offer a non-residential connection point for first-year undergraduates outside of the classroom. Collaborating with an experienced student leader, faculty VUceptors model a dynamic and meaningful student interaction as they foster a mutually beneficial learning environment for a group of 16-18 first-year students throughout the 9-week Vanderbilt Visions extended orientation program.

Faculty interested in applying to be a faculty VUceptor should contact Director Natalee Erb at Faculty VUceptors serve from March – October and must reapply every year. Applications open in January.

Commons Seminar Instructors

The Commons Seminar program is intended to prepare first-year undergraduates to pursue their passions by modeling rigorous, compelling and unique projects in addition to exposing students to a particular seminar theme. Commons Seminar instructors offer one-credit, spring-semester seminars sponsored by the faculties of the university’s undergraduate schools. These seminars have no prerequisites and are open only to 15 first-year students each. They meet for the equivalent of 15 contact hours during the semester.  Instructors have the opportunity to explore team teaching, experimental approaches to instruction, and the creation of unique intellectual experiences not typically offered by a department or school. Proposals are due the year prior in mid-June.

Faculty interested in proposing a Commons Seminar should contact Dean Melissa Gresalfi at

Interest Form for One-Time Events

Often within Residential Colleges there will be opportunities to take part in one-time informal gatherings with students. If you are a faculty member interested in attending one of these events (i.e. Dean's Dinners/Lunches, Faculty Salons, etc.), please fill out the form below.


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