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Derek Bruff | Joe Bandy | Cynthia Brame | Nancy Chick | Rhett McDaniel | Tracy Tveit | Melissa Penix | Administrative Assistant| Graduate Teaching Fellows | Mellon Fellow | WIDER Fellows | Graduate Teaching Affiliates

Derek Bruff

Director, CFT
Senior Lecturer, Mathematics

Ph.D., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University

CFT Liaison to:

  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Library
  • College Halls / Living Learning Communities
  • CIRTL Network
  • Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy
  • English Language Center
  • Graduate Development Network
  • Office for Diversity in Medical Education
  • Office for Teaching & Learning in Medicine
  • Library
  • Provost’s Office / Chancellor’s Office
  • Vanderbilt Student Government
  • VIRG-Assessment Committee / QEP Committee

CFT Responsibilities Include:

Derek’s Personal Home Page

Joe Bandy

Assistant Director, CFT
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

CFT Liaison to:

  • Arts & Science – American Studies; Anthropology; Economics/Graduate Program in Economic Development; Environmental and Sustainability Studies; History; Latin American Studies; Managerial Studies; Medicine, Health & Society; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy Studies; Sociology
  • Owen Graduate School of Business
  • Peabody College – Human & Organizational Development; Leadership, Policy & Organizations; Psychology & Human Development; Special Education; and Teaching & Learning
  • Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE)
  • Cal Turner Program – Moral Leadership in the Professions
  • Center for Nashville Studies
  • Commons: Vanderbilt Visions, Heads of House, Seminars
  • Ingram Scholars Program
  • Office Active Citizenship & Service
  • Program in Career Development
  • Vanderbilt International Office/VISAGE

CFT Responsibilities Include:

Joe’s Personal Home Page

Cynthia Brame

Assistant Director, CFT

Ph.D., Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University

CFT Liaison to:

  • Arts & Science – Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication of Science, Engineering, & Technology, and Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Physics & Astronomy
  • Biomedical Research Education & Training (BRET)
  • Center for Science Outreach
  • CIRTL at Vanderbilt
  • School of Engineering
  • Nursing

CFT Responsibilities Include:

Cynthia’s Personal Home Page



Nancy Chick

Assistant Director, CFT
Affiliated Faculty, Department of English
Ph.D. in English, University of Georgia

CFT Liaison to:

  • Arts & Science – African American & Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, English, Film Studies, French & Italian, Germanic & Slavic Languages, History of Art, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Theatre, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (formerly the Center for Integrative Health) / Contemplative & Mindful Pedagogy
  • Warren Center for Humanities
  • Office of Religious Life / Project Dialogue
  • Women’s Center
  • LGBTQI Office
  • Writing Studio

CFT Responsibilities Include:

Nancy’s Personal Home Page


Rhett McDaniel

Educational Technologist

M.S., Music Technology, Indiana University

CFT Responsibilities Include:

CFT Liaison to:

  • Kirkland Computing
  • ITS

Rhett’s Personal Home Page

Tracy Tveit

Program Coordinator

CFT Responsibilities Include:

  • Programs Logistics
  • Program and Event Publicity
  • Event Registrations

Melissa Penix

Administrative Assistant

CFT Responsibilities Include:

  • Accounting & Purchasing
  • Budget & Payroll
  • Programs Logistics

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

CFT Responsibilities Include:

  • Scheduling & Appointments
  • Coordination of Student Assistants
  • Office Logistics
  • Programs Logistics
  • CFT Library

Graduate Teaching Fellows, 2014-2015

Christian Ehret

Graduate Student – Teaching and Learning

Vivian Finch

Graduate Student – Germanic & Slavic Languages


Brielle Harbin

Graduate Student – Political Science

Danielle Picard

Graduate Student – History

Mellon Fellow

Ben Galina

Graduate Student – Spanish & Portuguese

WIDER Fellows

Lauren Campbell

Graduate Student – Astronomy

Trey Mack

Graduate Student – Astronomy

Graduate Teaching Affiliates, 2014-2015

Faith Barter

Graduate Student – English

Lauren Campbell

Graduate Student – Astronomy

Karen Childress

Graduate Student – Economics

Sam David

Graduate Student – Teaching and Learning

Mary Dockery

Graduate student – Biomedical Engineering

Kristin Droege

Graduate Student – Chemistry

Jane Hirtle

Graduate Student – Psychology and Human Development

Mary Keithly

Graduate Student – Chemistry

Tatiana McInnis

Graduate Student – English

Faizan Zubiar

Graduate Student – Chemical Engineering



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