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Changes at the CFT

Posted by on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in News.

This week, the CFT and Tim McNamara, Vice Provost for Faculty, announced that Allison Pingree, Director, has accepted a position at the Harvard Kennedy School, as Director of Professional Pedagogy, effective September 1, 2011.  Allison will be stepping down as Director of the Center for Teaching at the end of July.

Allison led the transformation of the Center for Teaching from being a school-based unit to one that serves the entire university, and for the past 13 years, has been an intellectual and moral leader on campus. In her new role at the Kennedy School, Allison will lead teaching workshops and seminars, as well as a New Faculty Institute; in addition, she will consult with Kennedy School faculty in one-on-one coaching sessions and collaborate with a team of faculty and staff in the SLATE (Strengthen Learning and Teaching Excellence) program.

Derek Bruff has agreed to be Acting Director of the Center for Teaching as of August 1, 2011.  Derek has served ably as an Assistant Director since 2005 and holds a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt.  Derek is nationally recognized for his work on the use of technology in education, having authored an influential and well-received book on the use of “clickers” in the classroom.

Over the course of the eight years Derek has been at the Center, he’s developed a wealth of experience, wisdom and expertise and we are confident that he’ll keep the Center moving forward very successfully.

Please join us all in welcoming Derek into his new role, and in thanking Allison for all that she has done for Vanderbilt and in wishing her the very best in this new chapter of her life and career.

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