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Become A Faculty VUceptor

Apply to be a faculty VUceptor!  

Application Process

Applications for 2020 VUceptors will open in January 2020, and are due by February 21, 2020.  If you see this message after the deadline, be sure to contact Natalee Erb.  We usually have a few open spots past the deadline.


All Vanderbilt faculty and staff who hold a faculty appointment are eligible.  Over the past ten years, some 300 faculty members of all ranks, representing the four undergraduate schools and colleges as well as the professional schools, have become VUceptors.  One hundred faculty members have been VUceptors three or more times.


Successful faculty VUceptors usually commit at least 45 hours of their time to the Visions program over the course of the fall semester.  This includes regular meetings with your student VUceptor partner, weekly Vanderbilt Visions sessions (50-minutes each on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon/evening), VUceptor Training, and CommonVU Orientation meetings.  Additionally, faculty VUceptors are asked to hold small group or individual meetings with their first-year students.

Spring 2020

  • Vanderbilt Visions Spring Orientation: Joint attendance with student VUceptor partner on ONE of the following evenings: March 30, 31, April 2, or 6, 2019 (tentatively 4:30 – 9 pm)
  • Meet with your partner once or twice informally to get to know one another and complete scheduling documents (1 – 2 hours)

August 2020, before classes begin (all dates tentative)

  • Complete several online training and information modules and read The Commons Reading
  • Joint VUceptor Training: August 20, 2020 (9 hours)
  • CommonVU Orientation Week (up to 7 hours):
    • Sunday, August 23, mid-day: first group meeting (2 hours)
    • Monday, August 24, evening: Honor Code signing and discussion (3 hours)
    • Tuesday, August 25, afternoon/evening: True Life presentation and discussion (2 hours)

Fall 2020

  • Weekly, in-person planning meeting with your partner (30 min per week)
  • Weekly Visions group meeting followed by short debrief with your partner (65 min per week)
  • Small group or individual meetings with your first-year students; please try to meet will all of your first-year students outside of Visions at least once (approximately 1 hour per week)

For their efforts, faculty VUceptors receive $2,500, which can be taken in the form of a one-time salary supplement or research funds.


  1. Attendance. We expect that faculty VUceptors will attend all required sessions, lectures, and meetings of their Visions groups.  If you must miss a session for any reason, please inform your student partner, providing as much advance notice as possible.  Habitual or unexpected faculty absence can create an undue burden on the student partner.
  2. Presence.  We expect that faculty VUceptors will be fully present with their partners and group members.  We are demonstrating for our students what full attention looks like, by putting away cell phones, for example, as well as setting an example and an expectation for their behavior.
  3. Engagement.  We expect faculty VUceptors to be engaged with the material and/or the discussion.  Engagement requires preparation, but not necessarily expertise.  As a VUceptor, your engagement may be far more valuable to your students than your expertise, as there will be ideas and information that you and your group are learning together.
  4. Respect.  We expect that faculty VUceptors demonstrate respect for other members of their groups and the VUcept and Visions community as a whole.  This respect for others includes, but is not limited to inviting and listening to different points of view and beliefs.  We will also respect and observe community norms and university policies regarding student privacy and mandatory reporting.
  5. Accountability.  We expect that faculty VUceptors hold themselves, their student partners, and the students in their Visions groups accountable for all of the above norms.

With questions about becoming a faculty VUceptor, contact Associate Director Natalee Erb.