6 graduate and professional schools and 4 undergraduate schools/colleges: law, medical, divinity, business, education, college of arts and sciences
I am a firm believer in the idea that a universities mission says a lot about where emphasis and resources are placed. Let me preface and note that I had to do quite a bit of digging to find the mission of the university and expected nothing more than what I found—a large emphasis on research and the dissemenation of knowledge and knowledge acquisition as opposed to developing and molding students—i.e the whole student. Such language is missing from this statement.
The medical school is by far the largest employer of staff at the university; nearly 17 k employed there and only approx 4k employed at university central.
Campus snapshot (summer intern program)
Jonathan C.W. Davis
Vanderbilt University: Peabody College
EMSA Summer Intern Program 2013
The College at Brockport
• Type of institution: Highly Selective Private, Doctoral Granting
Research University (Carnegie Classification, 2013)
▫ single largest employer in the city- 20k
• Location: Nashville, TN aka “NashVegas”
• Student populations: Undergrad- 6, 796; Grad/Prof- 5,949; Total:
• Popular majors and programs: Human and Organizational
Development (HOD), Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS),
Neuroscience, and Engineering
• Fun facts: Peabody College of Ed has been ranked #1 for 5
consecutive years, Vanderbilt ranked as #17 in National
Universities (US News & World Report), ABC’s Nashville series,
Nashville is known as the “Music City, USA” and as Athens of the
South (replica of the Parthenon)
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly
research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the
community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the
highest standards and be a leader in the
quest for new knowledge through scholarship,
dissemination of knowledge through teaching and
outreach, creative experimentation of ideas and concepts.
In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most
intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry,
equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.
Student Affairs Mission/Vision/Values
The Mission of the Office of the Dean
The Office of the Dean of Students serves a
central role in student learning and
development at Vanderbilt, advancing the
research, and service by fostering
academic and social networks through
which students develop as intentional
learners and global citizens. The Office
of the Dean of Students creates
opportunities to involve students, faculty
and staff in diverse learning communities
and provides a critical support structure
for enriching the overall student
experience. We achieve these ends through
strategic alignment, both internally and in
concert with other university departments.
The Purposes of the Office of the Dean of Students
Our core purposes are to:
Create a transformative college experience that dissolves the
traditional barriers between in and out of classroom learning.
Enhance academic performance and intellectual excellence by
building effective learning communities that emphasize the active
engagement of students, faculty and staff.
Serve as a structural support system that fosters well
being, security, safety, accessibility, capability, and
encouragement, as well as provide the student with resources for
belonging, recognition, contribution, and respect.
Promote healthy lives and balanced minds to ensure the well being
of the Vanderbilt community and establish the foundation for
individual learning and personal development.
Forge collaborative partnerships to achieve a seamless learning
environment that links, aligns, and integrates programmatic and
Expand opportunities for experiential learning, civic
engagement, cultural enrichment, leadership development, and
Conduct ongoing assessments upon which to generate policies and
programs that meet the changing needs and interests of students
and to increase our capacity for doing so.
Provide intellectual challenge and increase the overall sense of
community by generating dialog around issues of
tolerance, justice, moral responsibility, and human dignity.
Espouse, embody and impart the values of the Community Creed
within our residential community.
Student Affairs Profile
• 163 Professional Staff*
▫ 1 Dean of Students, 4 Associate Deans, 2-3 Assistant Deans
▫ Lacking information on demographics. Racial and ethnic diversity is low
• 15 Departments/Functional Areas within the Division
▫ Programs of Note: the PREP program, International Service
Experiences, the FLICx series, Living Learning Communities (LLCs),
Commodore Quake and Rites of Spring, and Arts and Creative
▫ Departments of Note: Leadership Development and Intercultural
Affairs, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, Arts and Creative
Engagement, and Office of LGBTQI Life
• Fun facts or traditions: Annual Chili Cook Off
Experiences That Led Me HERE!
• GA Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs (Vanderbilt)
• GA Office of Active Citizenship and Service (Vanderbilt)
• Volunteer AmbassaDORE (Vanderbilt)
• Volunteer Anchor Link Implementation Team (Vanderbilt)
• Program Manager (Berea College)
• Peer Mentor (Berea College)
Favorite Higher Ed. Course:
College Student Personnel Services: Dr. Andrew Johnston, Associate Provost and Dean of Students
Student Development Theories: Dr. Carrie Kortegast, Assistant Professor of the Practice
2) an internal compass is needed
1) never pass up an opportunity to grow professionally
3) enjoy what you do
What do you hope to get out of your summer experience?
A new found appreciation for the impact of service work and a deeper understanding of a growing
functional area of higher education.