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International Students & Affairs Staff

Xiu Cravens Xiu Cravens, Associate Dean for International Students & Affairs, leads the international outreach for Peabody College.

Xiu Cravens's research interests focus on the analysis of educational reform policies that are particularly related to the organizational and cultural contexts of schools in the United States and other countries in the world. Her academic work has been devoted to understanding the role of instructional leadership and teacher development in a changing policy environment, and addressing the conceptual and methodological challenges of cross-cultural translation and adaptation of effective practices. Recently, she participated in research studies on developing teacher capacity through shared instructional leadership in Shanghai and Tennessee, charter school effects with the National Center on School Choice, the development and validation of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education® (the VAL-ED), and the cross-cultural validity and reliability of the VAL-ED in Chinese urban schools. She has authored or co-authored research articles that appear in academic journals such as the Comparative Education Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, Elementary School Journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and American Journal of Education.


Nancy D. Dickson is currently the Program Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange program for educational leaders from developing countries, and the program manager for the Tennessee/Shanghai Leadership Collaborative here at Peabody. Additionally, she trains and endorses high school teachers throughout the state in the area of service learning for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Prior to working at Vanderbilt, she was the Director of Operations and a founding team member of LEAD Academy, a public charter school in Nashville. While teaching 4th grade in Washington, D.C. public schools, Nancy collaborated with National Geographic, Meridian International, and George Washington University to provide citywide professional development and teacher preparation programming.

As an active member in the community, Nancy serves as the board chair of Nashville International Center of Empowerment (NICE) and All About Women as well as the co- chair for Alignment Nashville’s Parent Engagement Team. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Vanderbilt and a Bachelor of Art degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University.


Sarah Crane  is currently the Program Coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.