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Vanderbilt University Research Council

Charged by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cybele Raver, the VURC consists of faculty from all 10 colleges and schools and provides input on and oversees the planning and operations of a coherent set of activities for growth and recognition, to provide support services that are accessible and effective, and to streamline processes to reduce administrative burdens while ensuring compliance. The VURC also works to leverage our trans-institutional research efforts to improve our competitiveness for external funding and to elevate our global research profile. The council’s representatives are highly distinguished in their fields with a proven track record of working across disciplinary boundaries.

Members of the VURC

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Douglas Adams

Vice Dean of Engineering; Daniel F. Flowers Professor; Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Associate Provost; Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Rebecca Haw Allensworth

Associate Dean for Research; David Daniels Allen Professor of Law

C. André Christie-Mizell

Vice Provost for Graduate Education; Dean of the Graduate School; Centennial Professor of Sociology

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Selene Colon

Assistant Dean for Research



Laurie Cutting

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education


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Ellen Goldring

Executive Associate Dean, Office of the Dean; Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair, Professor of Education and Leadership, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations


Ruth Kleinpell

Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education; Associate Dean for Clinical Scholarship, Professor; Interim Associate Dean for Research

Jason Macgurn

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology



John McLean

Dean of Graduate Education and Research; Stevenson Professor of Chemistry


Kevin Murphy

Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities; Professor and Chair of History of Art

Velma McBride Murry

University Professor of Peabody College, Department of Human and Organizational Development; University Professor of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Health Policy

Padma Raghavan

Vice Provost for Research & Innovation; Senior Advisor to the Chancellor;  Professor of Computer Science

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Cynthia Reinhart-King

Senior Associate Dean for Research, University Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Cell and Developmental Biology, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering

Charles Sanders

Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine; Vice Dean of Basic Sciences; Aileen M. Lange & Annie Mary Lyle Chair, Cardiovascular Research

Bob Webster

Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, Urologic Surgery, Medicine

Richard Willis

Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty; Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr., Professor of Accounting

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Elizabeth Zechmeister

Associate Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation; Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science; Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)