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Faculty Heads of House

Faculty living on The Ingram Commons with students is vital to the academic strategy of Vanderbilt University. “Faculty head of house” is a distinguished position for a Vanderbilt faculty member. There are ten faculty heads. Our faculty heads of house and interim dean represent three of the four undergraduate schools (A&S, Blair, and Peabody), the Vanderbilt Law School, and the School of Medicine. Among them are noted researchers, scholars, writers, and award-winning teachers. They are real people with diverse backgrounds, interests, experiences, and professional accomplishments.

Each of the ten faculty heads of house live year-round on The Ingram Commons in apartments located in each house. Some of the faculty heads are single, others live with their spouses, partners, and families, including young children, teenagers, family members, and pets. They continue to teach classes and do their research and administrative work. They are also present in the house as its faculty mentor, role model, and guide who shapes the living and learning community of the house. They oversee a programming budget and work closely with the resident advisers, the officers of the House Advisory Council, and other residents of the house to create innovative, challenging, and fun programs that enrich the educational experience of each house and The Ingram Commons as a whole. They are not house parents, dorm moms and dads, or faculty advisors. They are faculty heads of house and are among the university's most dynamic individuals. 

 Meet the Faculty Heads of House

Catherine McTamaney
Crawford House

Catherine McTamaney Pronouns: she, her, hers
An award-winning teacher and writer, Associate Professor of the Practice, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Teaching and Learning, Professor McTamaney works primarily with undergraduates in Peabody's teacher licensure programs, focusing on the social and political context of public education and the integration of education and the arts. In addition to her teaching at Vanderbilt, she is the author of two books on Montessori education and compassionate teaching, a text on children's development through the arts, and the daily teaching and parenting blog, Montessori Daoshi. Dr. McTamaney was a member of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she helped to found The Wildflower Schools Project. She was honored in 2018 to receive the David Schleyer Faculty Award for Peabody College, recognizing outstanding student mentoring in the college. McTam is a "Triple Dore," having earned her BS, MEd, and EdD from Peabody College. She lives in Crawford House with her two children, Che and Timberlake, and some combination of her three dogs, Meg, Squeak, and Clementine.

Sean Seymore
East House

Pronouns: he, him, his    Sean Seymore
Faculty head of house Sean B. Seymore is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. He also holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Science. Dr. Seymore’s interest in chemistry and patent law stems from his fascination with all facets of the inventive process; including making new things and understanding how they work. His current research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to advances in science and technology. He enjoys engaging conversations, fitness, good coffee, and fellowship over a good meal. Dr. Seymore and his RA team look forward to building a community that values an integrated approach to intellectual and professional growth by building stronger connections between the classroom experience and everyday life.

Frank Dobson
Gillette House

Frank Dobson

Pronouns: he, him, his
Frank Dobson is an Associate Dean of Students and one of the most influential administrators and mentors to be found in the Vanderbilt undergraduate community. His second novel, Rendered Invisible, a study in racially-motivated violence and racial reconciliation, was published in 2010. He has also published scholarly work; his most recent article, "Music of Martyrdom in Spike Lee's Malcom X," appeared in Popular Culture Review, Spring 2017. Dobson, who also teaches at Fisk University, is a playwright whose work has been presented nationally. 

 

Edwin Williamson
Hank Ingram House

Edwin Williamson

Pronouns: he, him, his
Faculty head of house Dr. Edwin Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who specializes in child and family psychiatry. He has a particular interest in helping children and young adults navigate transitions. Dr. Williamson has trained and practiced at Columbia, Duke, UCSF, Yale and has worked for concentrated periods in China and in Sub-Saharan Africa. His passions, which he looks forward to sharing with his fellow Hank residents, include biking around Nashville, film, and music. Dr. Williamson is married to native Nashvillian the Rev. Lissa Smith, and they have three boys who join him in making Hank a wonderful place to start your adventure at Vanderbilt. 

Dan Morgan
Memorial House

Dan Morgan Pronouns: he, him, his
Dan Morgan is an Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Science, and a Principal Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Primarily, Dean Morgan studies the landscapes that glaciers create to determine the timing of past ice ages and learn how climate has changed in Earth's past. His research program involves field work in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada, Andes, Himalayas, Iceland, Southern Alps, and Transantarctic Mountains. Originally from Portland, OR, Dean Morgan earned his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he and his wife, Torrey, lived on the same hall their first year. Dean Morgan resides in Memorial with Torrey and their two sons, Grayden and Hal.




Alyssa Hasty
Murray House

Alyssa Hasty

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Faculty head of house Alyssa Hasty is a professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development of the Basic Sciences in the School of Medicine. Professor Hasty earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and completed postgraduate training at Tokyo University. Her research is focused on understanding how immune cells contribute to the obesity-related risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Professor Hasty has enjoyed working with Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows throughout her career and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with first-year Vanderbilt students. Professor Hasty and her RA team are excited to help Murray House residents realize their full potential. 

Natasha McClure
North House

Natasha McClure

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Natasha McClure is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a clinical focus on asthma in children and teaches the community health course series within the pre-licensure program at VUSN. Scholarly projects include development of a model for improving chronic disease management in children with asthma. The model seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities for students to and improve patient outcomes by providing an extension of the clinical care and resources they receive in the home environment through an academic-clinical partnership with the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital outpatient pulmonary specialists. She also works to improve access to asthma care and resources in schools by developing a school based asthma education program at nearby Napier Elementary. Her other work focuses on growing global health education opportunities for nursing students in Central and Latin America. 

Rosevelt Noble
Stambaugh House

Rosevelt Noble

Pronouns: he, him, his
A scholar of the American criminal justice system, Rosevelt Noble is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. He initially came to Nashville in 1994 on an athletic scholarship as a member of the Vanderbilt Football Team. As a "Triple Dore," he has served Vanderbilt in various capacities for the past 23 years. Professor Noble currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Professor Noble resides in Stambaugh House with his wife, Dr. Kristen Noble, and their two beautiful and energetic children, Jordan and Rosevelt III. 


Chalene Helmuth
Sutherland House

Chalene Helmuth

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Dr. Chalene Helmuth is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the author of two books on contemporary Latin American literature and culture. Professor Helmuth's research interests include narrative and identity; developing cultural competencies in study-abroad contexts; and sustainability in tourism. She has designed study abroad programs in several Latin American countries. Professor Helmuth works closely with student leaders to design events that nurture their intellectual, social, and global curiosity. Sutherland's signature event is the Cafecito with good food, new friends, and stimulating conversation around the family table.  Professor Helmuth is married to Dr. Christy Halbert; they live in Sutherland with their daughter, Ella.

 

 

Christoph Zeller
West House

Christoph Zeller

Pronouns: he, him, his
Faculty head of house Christoph Zeller is an award-winning teacher and scholar of German and European studies. His research focuses on literature, media, and culture and centers around philosophical concepts and their impact on society, including fiction and non-fiction, art and architecture, politics and people. At West House, students will be able to build relationships during fun activities, enjoy international food, and attend regular dinners featuring faculty from across campus who will discuss contemporary issues and the role of academic. Professor Zeller, his wife, Amy, their daughters, Marlo and Eva, and their cat love calling West House home.