Kevin Leander, Faculty Head of Memorial House
Memorial House, with only eighty students, is the smallest house on The Ingram Commons. In the Fall of 2012, Kevin Leander, Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College, joins Memorial House as faculty head. Leander's research interests fit perfectly with The Ingram Commons: social media, youth identities, informal education, learning communities and new geographies of learning. On campus, Leander has served on the American Studies Advisory Board, the Writing Studio Advisory Board, is former chair of the Vanderbilt Student Communications Board of Directors, a faculty VUceptor, and is well known on campus as an excellent classroom instructor and undergraduate mentor. Leander will reside in Memorial with his three children, Elena, Jackie and Mitchell.
Located on the Commons, Memorial House provides modern features in a classic structure. Memorial House was modernized and renovated in 1987 and then again in the summers of 2006 and 2007. The building houses approximately 80 first year men and women on separate floors, mostly in traditional double rooms.
On the first floor are two seminar rooms, a study lounge, music practice rooms, and a vending area. Students live on floors 2–5. On the second floor is the apartment for the Faculty Head of House, a study lounge, a common kitchen, and seven student rooms. The third floor includes two study lounges, student rooms, and two common bathrooms with showers. Floors 5 and 6 each have 16 student rooms and two common bathrooms with showers.
Memorial House was built in 1935.