Assistant Professor of the Practice in Education (Secondary Appointment), Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Associate Provost and Dean of Students
Mark Bandas is Associate Provost and Dean of Students. He graduated from Connecticut College, Magna Cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt.
Dean Bandas has administrative oversight for the offices of Housing and Residential Education, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Centers, Greek Life, Student Organizations, Campus Events, International Student and Scholar Services, Leadership Development and Multicultural Affairs, The KC Potter Center, Active Citizenship and Service, Arts and Creative Engagement, Health and Wellness, Student Health & Wellness, and Conference services. He also serves as a lecturer in philosophy for the College of Arts and Science and as a lecturer in higher education administration for the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.
He has held faculty and administrative positions at a number of institutions including the University of Richmond, Truman State University and Tennessee State University. Since 1999, Dean Bandas has assisted in the planning and implementation of the College Halls program at Vanderbilt. The initial phase of the College Hall program, the first year student Commons, opened in the fall of 2008. His teaching and research interests include learning communities, American philosophy, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion.