Four members of the leadership team within the Office of Undergraduate Education have new titles that align with their roles and the office’s mission to provide robust educational support and experiential opportunities for students. Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Tiffiny Tung made these changes to better reflect some of OUE’s key roles and to streamline collaboration and communication across OUE teams and campus partners.
“I am grateful to all members of the Office of Undergraduate Education for their strong commitment to supporting students—and to the four OUE leaders who always see our students at the very core of our mission and who provide their teams with the tools, training and mentoring to fulfill that mission,” Tung said.
Melissa Gresalfi, dean of The Ingram Commons and professor of mathematics education, has been named dean of residential colleges and residential education. In this expanded role, Gresalfi will oversee the residential college system and work closely with the residential faculty to build inclusive and welcoming spaces that promote the development of intellect, community, personal well-being, self-discovery and cultural awareness for all undergraduate students.
Jill Stratton, assistant provost for academic support and community engagement, will lead the academic support and community engagement area, including the English Language Center, Writing Studio and Tutoring Services and the ROTC programs. This alignment will drive collaboration and build upon this area’s deep commitment to academic support for all students on campus. Stratton will continue to focus on supporting undergraduate communities of learning and serve as liaison to key campus stakeholders, such as Vanderbilt Athletics.
Amy Johnson will continue to lead the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt in her expanded role as assistant provost for experiential education and undergraduate affairs. Johnson has extensive knowledge of best practices for engaging undergraduate students with experiential learning. She continues to focus on creating opportunities for students to explore their passion in a variety of ways, including study abroad or research. Johnson and her team in EL&IV will continue to work closely with Kathy Friedman, associate provost of undergraduate research and associate professor of biological sciences, as they collaborate to enhance access to research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Christina Cunningham has been named senior director of operations and strategic initiatives. Cunningham is responsible for providing high-level support to Tung, including acting as her chief of staff, driving strategic initiatives across OUE’s units and in collaboration with other areas on campus, and administering the Keegan Traveling Fellowship program. Cunningham continues to oversee the Office of Global Safety and OUE central unit.