CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2013 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!
This year’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows are, left to right,
Markus Eberl (Anthropology), Max Goldman (Classics), Will Grissom (Biomedical Engineering),
Chase Lesane-Brown (Psychology and Human Development), Bryan Lowe (Religious Studies),
Gavin Price (Psychology and Human Development), Brian Widmar (Nursing), and
Courtney Young (Nursing).
Research by Robert Boice (Advice for New Faculty, 2000) and others indicates that junior faculty often find teaching the most challenging and time-consuming part of their jobs. This is why the CFT is dedicated to helping all junior faculty become quick starters by offering an array of workshops, working groups, and consultation opportunities, programs that can result in more successful and enjoyable teaching experiences.
Primary among the CFT’s junior faculty programs is the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, which provides its recipients with a more structured faculty development experience complete with consultations, course design seminar, peer education, and senior faculty mentorship. This program not only helps its fellows develop an understanding of best teaching practices across the disciplines, but also assists them in their professional growth by helping them hone their abilities to balance teaching and research, improve their materials for review, and build a collaborative culture of teaching at Vanderbilt.
Over the coming months, the CFT newsletter will highlight the work of this year’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. Each month a fellow will be featured discussing his or her teaching philosophy and interests.