Frank Wcislo, Dean of The Ingram Commons
"The Commons isn’t just a place—despite its beautiful buildings and quads. It’s also an idea, and a simple one at that. Let people of diverse backgrounds live together and encourage opportunities to learn from each other. The results are previously unimagined discoveries." - Frank Wcislo
Dean of The Ingram Commons Frank Wcislo leads Vanderbilt's first-year experience. He is an award-winning Associate Professor of History and European Studies, who teaches about modern Russia, Eurasia and Europe. His research and writing incorporates issues of politics, identity, and culture in the pre-Revolutionary Russian Empire. His latest book, Tales of Imperial Russia: The Life and Times of Sergei Witte, 1849-1915 (Oxford, 2011), is a biography of one of the great statesmen of the tsarist empire and a history of the Victorian world he inhabited. He is a recipient of university teaching and advising awards, as well as the Alumni Education Award awarded by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in 1998. Each year he serves as a Faculty VUceptor for Vanderbilt Visions. You can visit his personal website here and follow him on Twitter @wcislofw.
He and his wife Jane Wcislo, a physical therapist and manager at Vanderbilt's Dayani Wellness Center, live in the Dean's Residence and host numerous events and "dinner conversations" that bring students together to meet faculty, authors, musicians, alumni, artists, entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, public leaders, key university administrators, and many others. Their two older children live in Philadelphia and Denver, and their twin daughters are away at college.
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