Partners in Research Advancement
Colleges & Schools
Other University Partners
Within Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt University, a center or institute is generally defined as unit of the university engaged in combined aspects of research, scholarship, instruction, outreach or related service. Most commonly, a center or institute will have a substantial research/scholarship component to its mission, and also may have affiliated education programs. Centers and institutes are devoted to focused and sustained work in an identifiable area of interest to faculty, students and staff collectively.
A center may be hosted entirely within a single school or college or may be trans-institutional spanning across multiple schools and colleges. While not always the case, an institute is generally defined as an entity that spans across two or more schools or colleges and/or that houses two or more academic centers that have a connected focus and mission.
*Reports directly to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research