October 28, 2014

Applications sought for the position of Dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Applications are being sought for the position of dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. The dean of the Commons must be tenured (or of equivalent rank in the Blair School or Law School) or be put forward as an exception by their dean. The successful candidate will bring a demonstrated record of achievement in research, teaching, and service and must possess the personal and professional skills required to lead this transformative venture at Vanderbilt.

Dean of the Ingram Commons: Job Description

The dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons serves as the academic leader, mentor, and senior administrator of the first-year experience at Vanderbilt and works closely with the leaders on the development of the larger College Halls program. This person is instrumental in establishing the Ingram Commons as an intellectually vibrant and welcoming experience and, along with the 10 Faculty Heads of House, resides in the Ingram Commons to become personally engaged in the lives of our youngest undergraduates.

The successful candidate for this position has the ability to engage a wide range of people and will serve as the public representative of the Ingram Commons for admissions, parents and families, alumni relations and development, student organizations, and the university at large. She or he will also supervise the work of the 10 Faculty Heads of House so that the Ingram Commons experience continues its work of opening the eyes of new students to the diversity of experiences and opportunities that Vanderbilt University provides and the competencies to choose among them.

During the tenure of this next dean of the Ingram Commons, there will be a strong curricular orientation to the role as the Ingram Commons becomes the grounding for the undergraduate immersion experience envisaged in the university’s Academic Strategic Plan. The candidate should be committed to forging direct linkages between the Ingram Commons experience and the academic schools, should be thoughtful about developing programs to acculturate and empower students to script their own mix of academic and immersive experiences, and should possess a demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with the Office of the Dean of Students.

The dean of the Commons must be tenured (or of equivalent rank in the Blair School or Law School) or be put forward as an exception by their dean. The successful candidate will bring a demonstrated record of achievement in research, teaching, and service and must possess the personal and professional skills required to lead this transformative venture at Vanderbilt.

Interested applicants should send a PDF of a letter of interest and their current CV to provost@vanderbilt.edu. Application review will begin Dec. 1, with interviews planned for spring, 2015. Questions about the position should be directed to Vice Provost Cynthia Cyrus at viceprovostcynthiacyrus@vanderbilt.edu.