Welcome from the Dean
Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt University and Peabody College!
As you think about your future I invite you to consider a couple of themes that help define the character of a Peabody College education. The first theme is talent development. Peabody's academic programs are designed to help you make the most of the knowledge and the skills that you've begun to cultivate. Our academic majors are rooted in knowledge of how people learn, grow and become full participants in creating their own destinies. At the same time, all our programs emphasize hands-on opportunities that will help you in your future career. It's an excellent balance between the theoretical and the practical.
The second theme is one of concern for the well-being of others. This has always been true of educators but it is just as important in majors like human and organizational development. Helping people flourish, whether individually or in organizations and communities is a central value at Peabody, and it is one our students also hold dear.
Service to the wider community is also one of the values of The Commons, which were built on the historic Peabody campus. We are proud that all Vanderbilt's first-year students begin their college experience by living here and that Peabody faculty members take an active role in mentoring them.
We want all our students to experience the best education that Peabody offers: high-quality programs; excellent learning opportunities, with teaching delivered by faculty who are often leaders in their fields; and the academic and student life support to achieve this.
Part of that support is to ensure that you are fully equipped to make the most of your time here. These pages provide information that you need to know to manage your academic progress. They include the handbook for your major program of study. In your handbook, you will find course requirements, a code of ethics, departmental guidelines and contacts.
We look forward to welcoming you this fall!
Camilla P. Benbow
Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development