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Vanderbilt View Article about CFT’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship Highlights Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman

Posted by on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in News.

Teaching Well

by Joan Brasher 

The Center for Teaching’s new fellowship helps junior faculty craft their curriculum


Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman knows a lot about economics, the Talmud, rabbinic ordination and more. But when he arrived at Vanderbilt in 2009, there was something he wasn’t quite ready to handle despite his three master’s degrees and Ph.D.

“I had not been in an undergraduate class in a long time,” Ackerman-Lieberman explained. “Often my graduate classes were held in a faculty member’s office with maybe five other people poring over some ancient text – very different from the undergraduate classes I needed to teach here at Vanderbilt.”

Fortunately for Ackerman-Lieberman, in the fall of 2010 Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching launched the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship for tenure-track junior faculty. He applied and was accepted into the inaugural group with seven of his peers. Read more

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