Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty
Vanessa Beasley (she, her, hers), a Vanderbilt University alumna and expert on the history of U.S. political rhetoric, is vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and is an associate professor of communications studies.
Beasley attended Vanderbilt as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor of arts in speech communication and theatre arts. She also holds a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Texas at Austin.
Following stints on the faculty of Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Georgia, she returned to Vanderbilt in 2007 as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies. Active in the Vanderbilt community, she has served as chair of the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, director of the Program for Career Development for faculty in the College of Arts and Science, and as a Jacque Voegeli Fellow of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.
Beasley’s areas of academic expertise include the rhetoric of American presidents, political rhetoric on immigration, and media and politics. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and other publications, and is the author of two books, Who Belongs in America? Presidents, Rhetoric, and Immigration and You, the People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric, 1885-2000.
As Vice Provost and Dean of Residential Faculty, she oversees Vanderbilt s growing Residential College System as well as the campus units that offer experiential learning inside and outside of the classroom.