Celebration of Teaching
On May 3rd, 2013, The Center for Teaching and the Graduate School honored the achievements of the Vanderbilt teaching community at the annual Celebration of Teaching at the Commons Center. The 2013 even was expanded to include a variety of panels and presentations throughout the day featuring successes, innovations, and research in teaching and learning. Below is the program from May 3rd.
If you were not able to attend this year’s Celebration of Teaching, you can browse the session descriptions below to find links to PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and other related as the become available.
If you’re a Twitter user and would like see tweets from this event, please search the hashtag #teachvu.
|10:00-11:15||Concurrent Session One|
|11:30-12:30||Lunch and Deans Panel (Room 237)
Featuring remarks on the Vanderbilt teaching landscape by Dean of the College of Arts & Science Carolyn Dever, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education Bonnie Miller, and Dean of Peabody College Camilla Benbow
|12:45-2:00||Concurrent Session Two
|2:00-2:30||Poster Session (Lobby)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects by participants in the Teaching Certificate Program and SoTL Scholars Program
Featuring remarks from Vice Provost for Faculty & International Affairs Tim McNamara, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Dennis Hall, and graduates of CFT programs, as well as recognition of all our 2013 CFT program graduates
|3:15-4:00||Reception and Poster Session (Continued)
Lunch and Deans Panel
This year’s Celebration of Teaching will include a lunch featuring a panel of deans reflecting on the teaching and learning landscape at Vanderbilt. Panelists will include Dean of the College of Arts & Science Carolyn Dever, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education Bonnie Miller, and Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Each will share how they have seen teaching and its role at Vanderbilt change in recent years, and discuss trends they see that might affect college and university teaching over the next few years.
The poster session will be held in the Commons Center atrium from 2:00-2:30 and again from 3:15-4:00 following the ceremony. The session will provide participants in the Teaching Certificate Program and the SoTL Scholars Program an opportunity to publicly share their projects. Participants in both programs explore teaching as a scholarly activity by posing questions about student learning and its relationship to the ways in which they are taught.
The ceremony, held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the Commons Center atrium, will feature remarks from:
| Tim McNamara,
Vice Provost for Faculty
& International Affairs
Vice Provost for
Research and Dean
of the Graduate School
Asst. Professor, Theatre Junior Faculty
CFT SoTL Scholar
We will honor achievements of the Vanderbilt teaching community including:
2012-13 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows
Graduates of the
Graduates of the
Faculty who have received school or university teaching awards in the past year
This year’s Celebration of Teaching will feature two sets of concurrent sessions on topics of interest to the teaching community at Vanderbilt. No RSVP is required for sessions–please join us for a session during one or both time slots!
Session One (10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
For each of the last three years, the Center for Teaching has organized a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship for some of the most committed and effective young teachers at Vanderbilt. It has provided the opportunity for them to research, experiment, and reflect on their teaching with senior mentors and each other. In this session, with a focus upon the exemplary teaching of three former Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows, we will discuss some of the innovations that they have explored and what lessons they have learned as a part of the fellowship. We invite you to come and learn more about their great work and the JFTF program. The session will be facilitated by CFT Assistant Director Joe Bandy and will feature the following panelists:
- Haoxiang Luo, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Kimberly Bess, Assistant Professor of Human & Organizational Development
- Jonathan Rattner, Assistant Professor of Film Studies
- Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies
The Scientist in the Classroom Partnership (SCP) Program is a collaboration between Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, and Fisk University that establishes partnerships between science teaching fellows and Nashville public school science teachers to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning in K-12 classrooms. SCP scientists and teachers will demonstrate an example lesson and discuss the benefits of the SCP model. The session will be facilitated by Sydika McKissic, Research Fellow at Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach. The following scientists and Metro Nashville Public School teachers will contribute:
- Dr. Sydika McKissic, (VU) Resident Scientist at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
- Dr. Caroline Benoist, (VU) Resident Scientist at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School
- Mary Keithly, (VU) Science Teaching Fellow at Hillsboro High School in the STEM Academy
- Dr. Virginia Pensabene, (VU) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 6 at Wright Middle School
- Beth Koontz, (VU) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 7 at Wright Middle School
- Jane Mantey, (Meharry Medical College) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 8 at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
- Burthia Booker, (Meharry Medical College) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 6 at Apollo Middle School
- Michael DeLisi, (VU) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 8 at Rose Park Middle Math and Science Magnet School
- Lauren Palladino, (VU) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 4 Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School
- Willie Matthews, (Fisk University) Science Teaching Fellow in Grade 5 at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
- Lauren Slipek, Grade 4 Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School
- Greta Knudson, Grade 6 Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
- Gary Kelley from TSU, grade 6 at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
- Dr. Virginia Shepherd, Director of the Center for Science Outreach
- Jeannie Tuschl, Program Coordinator, Scientist in the Classroom Partnership
Presenters: Todd F. Hughes (Director of Instructional Technologies, Center for Second Language Studies) and Steven B. Wenz (PhD Student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
The presenters will illustrate the use of PbWorks Wiki software and Google Earth in the teaching of foreign languages at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Students in Spanish 101 use Google Earth to explore the geography of one of the Spanish-speaking countries. This exploration is the springboard for an oral report in Spanish. Students in both French 103 and French 272 use PbWorks to create wikis, which they use to inspire lively roundtable discussions on a variety of topics: including contemporary social issues in France and the social/historical background to certain works of literature.
Please note that you need not be a foreign language teacher to attend this session! The Web 2.0 technologies featured in this session are of potential use across a range of disciplines.
View the Prezi from this session.
Session Two (12:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
This panel will discuss plans for an innovative, competency-based approach to medical education designed to promote self-directed lifelong learning. The session will feature the following panelists:
- Kim Lomis, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, will talk about Vanderbilt’s plan to create a cost-effective, sustainable, flexible model for the Immersion years.
- Tyler Reimschisel, Director of the Division of Developmental Medicine and Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, will talk about case-supported pedagogies and team-based learning.
- Anderson Spickard, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, will speak about the informatics infrastructure necessary for this learning model.
- Aidan Hoyal, Web Developer and Instructional Designer at the Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine, will talk about using a flipped classroom model for a year-long course in cost-effective diagnosis.
- Bonnie Miller, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, will introduce and facilitate the session.
For three years, the Center for Teaching has co-sponsored with American Studies a two-day Spring workshop, entitled the Cumberland Project, on the pedagogy and practices of teaching environmental sustainability. Participants from fifteen different departments and several programs have taken part in structured discussions of teaching issues that have become central to the pedagogy of sustainability, including interdisciplinary teaching, problem-based course design, place-and community-based teaching, experiential learning, enabling critical thinking, and storytelling. In this session, three former participants in the Cumberland Project will discuss the lessons they have drawn from the Cumberland Project and the innovations they have implemented in their teaching of sustainability. Panelists:
- Larisa Grawe DeSantis, Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences
- Jim Fraser, Associate Professor of Human & Organizational Development
- Jennifer Fay, Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of Film Studies and English
Introductory courses are charged with orienting students not only to the discipline, but also to basic forms of academic inquiry, or the fundamental moves of intellectual thinking shared across disciplines. Problematically, these moves are rarely made explicit to students, who are expected to practice them throughout their college experience. We will share our process and preliminary findings from a collaborative SoTL project designed to address this gap. Panelists include:
- Rachel Nisselson, Senior Lecturer in French
- Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director and Affiliated Faculty in English
- Lily Claiborne, Senior Lecturer in Earth & Environmental Sciences
- Jeff Edmonds, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
- Andrea Hearn, CASPAR Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer in English
- Catesby Yant, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
View the PowerPoint presentation from the SoTL session.
During the first week of March 2013, about 80,000 new students were added to the Vanderbilt University community, thanks to the launch of Vanderbilt’s first two open online courses, hosted on the Coursera platform. These students aren’t paying tuition, nor are they earning course credit, but they are learning from Vanderbilt faculty and from each other. Although open educational resources, such as MIT’s OpenCourseWare, have been around for years, the current interest across higher education in MOOCs (massive open online education) has directed new attention to the idea of open education. How can instructors make use of and contribute to collections of open educational resources? How can these technologies create new kinds of learning communities—and enhance existing ones? And how might open, online learning change our university’s educational mission?
Join us for a conversation with two faculty members exploring the world of open education: David Owens, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation, who is teaching the open online course “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations” this spring; and Doug Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, who has incorporated MOOCs and other open educational resources in his on-campus courses here at Vanderbilt. The session will facilitated by CFT Director Derek Bruff.