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From the Center for Teaching Blog
August 4, 2014 — What Can Faculty Do about Students’ Classroom-Based Anxieties? More Than You Think.
by Nancy Chick (CFT Assistant Director) Last week, The Princeton Review released its annual list of “The Top 10 Colleges for ___,” and Vanderbilt made a big splash by ranking #1 with the Happiest College Students in the US.* While this...
August 19, 2014 — Teaching Writing in the 21st Century
The Center for Teaching is again collaborating with the Writing Studio, the Jean & Alexander Heard Library,the English Language Center, and (new this year) the Curb Center to develop resourceful experiences for anyone who teaches writing at Vanderbilt. This year, we’re sponsoring...
August 19, 2014 — Interested in the Digital Humanities? Apply to be a HASTAC Scholar – Deadline Sept. 1
by Derek Bruff, CFT Director If you’re a graduate student in the humanities interested in exploring the intersections of teaching, scholarship, and technology, please consider applying to be a HASTAC Scholar for 2014-15. The deadline for applications is September 1st....
August 18, 2014 — An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching – Starts October 6th
by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m very pleased to announce that the free, seven-week, online course “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is now open for enrollment. The course is designed to provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in...
August 15, 2014 — Reflections from SoTL Scholar Abbey Mann
“Scholarly teaching is what every one of us should be engaged in every day that we are in classroom, in our office with students, tutoring, lecturing, conducting discussions, all the roles we play pedagogically. Our work as teachers should meet...
August 15, 2014 — Grading Writing Assignments in Less than a Lifetime
by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director One of the greatest stresses experienced by new faculty (and not-so-new faculty) is the amount of time spent on effective teaching. Parkinson’s Law—the notion that a task expands to fill the time available—seems more true...