Advising

A Vanderbilt degree prepares you for a life that balances expertise, contribution, civic responsibility, leadership, and creative fulfilment. You’ll begin your preparation by working with your faculty adviser to develop an academic program that helps you to define your objectives by understanding better your interests, abilities, and desires. You’ll enhance your major through elective courses, internships, study abroad opportunities, service learning, research tutorials, and many extracurricular activities. You’ll also learn from the steady stream of accomplished individuals who come to campus each year to engage students in issues that are central to their lives.

Students are supported and advised both formally and informally by the Vanderbilt faculty throughout their four years as undergraduates. Formal advising begins before the student moves to campus when students speak by telephone with pre-major advisers to plan a fall semester schedule. Formal advising continues as pre-major advisers, and, later, major advisers chosen by the student, create a schedule with the student and discuss his or her academic goals and progress towards fulfilling the requirements of AXLE, the Arts and Science liberal arts curriculum. Informal advising takes place throughout the four years at Vanderbilt as students talk about their ambitions and plans with professors outside of class; coaches off the field; and faculty advisers for many different activities, including student publications, residence halls, community service, and myriad clubs and organizations .

The College of Arts and Science provides a number of different forms and venues for undergraduate academic advising. These include:

The following information is designed to help students understand the advising process and the multiple resources available to them as an Arts and Science student.

Ongoing Sources for Advising

Directors of Undergraduate Study Every department and interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Science is supported by a Director of Undergraduate Studies. This is a faculty member who is particularly interested in undergraduate teaching, and who is responsible for the maintenance of the undergraduate major in his or her department or program. These DUS's (as they are called) are in their department offices more often than other faculty, often throughout much of every week during the academic year. Their staff assistants are always available to answer technical questions about courses, major requirements, etc. When the major adviser is unavailable, the DUS operates as a kind of first responder for students who need immediate assistance on an academic issues, related to the major or to courses offered by the respective department. For information on DUS support, consult the homepage of the department or program in which you need assistance.

The Majors Fair Every fall semester, each department and interdisciplinary program that offers undergraduate major study participates in an event known as The Majors Fair. Generally, this takes place in Sarratt Student Center. Faculty members and undergraduate majors offer materials and presentations that familiarize students with the scope of study, as well as with the academic opportunities and professional possibilities for those with interests in the area. The Majors Fair, co-sponsored by the Dean's office and the Arts and Science Council, is widely advertised across campus in many venues.

Department and Program Recruiting Many of the departments and programs in the College of Arts and Science offer information sessions for students considering a major. These are not offered on a regular schedule, but are widely publicized when they are scheduled. Students should consult the homepage or call the office of the specific department or program for information on what may be planned for the current semester.

Electronic Advising Resources

Advising and Support from the Office of the Dean

The Arts and Science Dean's office -- located in 311 Kirkland Hall -- maintains a staff of associate deans who are permanently available for academic advising that demands greater expertise or access to different resources than those available to faculty advisers.

While students should always consult their premajor or major advisers before contacting the Dean's office, students should consider the Dean's office an expanded resource for advising in all areas, including those with definite, if tangential, connections to academic issues and performance. Among them, our staff of advising deans possesses many decades of experience in assisting students with complex problems in all areas of academic life. Each of the associate deans has an encompassing knowledge of the university's structures and infrastructures, and is able to assist with solving atypical problems when they arise.

Students who believe they need to meet with a dean should email or call one of the staff assistants listed below to make an appointment. Office Hours of the Dean's office are 8 to 4:30 weekdays throughout the academic year.

 

Roger Moore, Associate Dean

Senior Lecturer in English
311 Kirkland Hall
phone: (615) 322-2844
fax: (615) 343-8453
email: roger.e.moore@vanderbilt.edu

If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with Dean Moore please contact:
Vickie Latham, Assistant to Dean Moore
phone: (615) 322-2844
email: vickie.latham@vanderbilt.edu

 

Yollette Jones, Associate Dean

Senior Lecturer in History
311 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37235
phone: (615) 343-3141
fax: (615) 343-8453
email: yollette.t.jones@vanderbilt.edu

If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with Dean Jones, please contact:
Mary Avent, Executive Secretary
phone: (615) 343-3141
email: mary.avent@vanderbilt.edu

 

Russell McIntire, Associate Dean

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
311 Kirkland Hall
phone: (615) 343-3141
fax: (615) 343-8453
email: russell.m.mcintire@vanderbilt.edu

If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment with Dean McIntire, please contact:
Mary Avent, Executive Secretary
phone: (615) 343-3141
email: mary.avent@vanderbilt.edu