Meet Vanessa Beasley, new dean of The Ingram Commons

Meet the dean of the The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, university professor Vanessa Beasley.

As dean of The Ingram Commons, Beasley serves as the academic leader, mentor and senior administrator of the first-year student experience at Vanderbilt. Beasley, along with the 10 faculty heads of house, will reside at The Ingram Commons with her family.

“It is my great honor to serve as dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. I want to help every incoming student realize that the outstanding qualifications, expertise, experiences and passions that brought her or him to Vanderbilt are just the beginning,” Beasley said. “Here we will help you find, ask and work on the questions that matter to you. We will help you view these questions in new and different ways. We know that the questions that matter to our students are the questions we all need answered.

“Along with the exceptionally talented faculty and staff throughout the university, it will be my privilege to welcome, challenge and equip the next generation of Vanderbilt students,” she said.

Beasley is an associate professor of communication studies and was named director of the Program in American Studies in 2013. Beasley is an expert in race, gender and diversity in U.S. political rhetoric. She was appointed chair of the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault in 2014.