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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with Keivan Stassun, Professor Physics and Astronomy Tuesday, October 7th

September 29, 2014 — ASTR 205: Principles of Astrophysics Keivan Stassun is a professor of astronomy and the co-director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt MA-to-PhD Bridge program. In ASTR 205, Keivan Stassun guides upper level undergraduates toward a greater understanding of the origin and evolution of...... KEEP READING »

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A New Guide to Course Management Tools

September 29, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director As Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students have learned this fall, Vanderbilt’s course management system, OAK (powered by Blackboard), is currently experiencing significant delays. While the OAK team at VUIT continues working to fix these problems,...... KEEP READING »

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A Reflection on Facilitating Conversations on Difference and Power

September 26, 2014 — By Brielle Harbin, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Conversations about race are often fraught. The remains of past hurts or misunderstandings fill our words with emotion and implicit meanings. Peeling back these layers often reveals hurt, hurt caused by feeling misunderstood...... KEEP READING »

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College Teaching: A Panel for Future STEM Faculty – October 14th

September 22, 2014 — As part of their PhD Career Connections series, Vanderbilt’s Biomedical Research Education & Training (BRET) Office is hosting a panel on college teaching for PhD students in the sciences. The panel is scheduled for 9-10am on Tuesday, October 14th, and...... KEEP READING »

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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Professor of English Thursday, September 25th

September 18, 2014 — ENGL 271: Caribbean Literature Ifeoma Nwankwo is an associate professor of English and founding director of Voices from our AmericaTM, an international public scholarship project linking academic research, K-12 curriculum development, and community engagement. In ENGL 271, Ifeoma brings together...... KEEP READING »

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First Person Singular

September 17, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director, cross-posted from Derek’s blog, Agile Learning Your first paper assignment asks you to make an argument drawing largely on your personal experiences and perspectives. Did you have writing assignments in high school that asked you...... KEEP READING »

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Teaching, Difference, and Power—with Our Language

September 12, 2014 — by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director I’ve been thinking about the role of language in the CFT’s theme of “Teaching, Difference, and Power.”  During the first semester of my first faculty position, fresh out of graduate school, I spoke the...... KEEP READING »

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Teaching Ferguson

August 30, 2014 — by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director This year at the CFT, through our theme of “Teaching, Difference, and Power,” we turn to the complexities of the roles of difference and power in both what many of us teach and how...... KEEP READING »

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Going Public

Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair – September 1st, 4-5:30pm

August 29, 2014 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director As part of our “Students as Producers” theme last year, the Center for Teaching brought attention to teaching strategies that engage students not only as consumers of information, but also as producers of knowledge. We...... KEEP READING »

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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with William H. Robinson, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Wednesday, September 3rd

August 27, 2014 — EECE 277: FPGA Design William H. Robinson is an associate professor and associate department chair of Electrical Engineering as well as a recent recipient of an NSF award to examine the critical factors that leave African Americans as one of...... KEEP READING »

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Upcoming Faculty Teaching Visit with Larry Isaac, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology Tuesday September 2nd

August 26, 2014 — SOC 216: Change and Social Movements in the Sixties Larry Isaac is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology and editor of the American Sociological Review. In SOC 216, he guides upper level undergraduates toward a greater understanding of social...... KEEP READING »

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Teaching Writing in the 21st Century

August 19, 2014 — 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...... KEEP READING »

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