Science Teaching Essentials, a New Book by the CFT’s Cynthia Brame
By Derek Bruff, CFT Director
I am very excited to announce a new book from Cynthia Brame, associate director here at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching. Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice (Academic Press, 2019) provides research-based strategies and resources for addressing common teaching challenges in the sciences, health professions, and engineering. Written for current and future faculty, Science Teaching Essentials features short, stand-alone chapters on topics such as inclusive teaching, course design, active learning, group work, lecturing, writing exams, and rubrics. Whether you’re just getting started teaching in the sciences, revising a course you’ve taught for years, or interested in adopting evidence-based pedagogies, you’ll find Cynthia’s book a practical and easy-to-use guide.
Cynthia Brame is an associate director at the Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in biological sciences. Her work at Vanderbilt focuses on helping faculty and graduate students identify, adopt, and develop evidence-based teaching practices in and out of the classroom. She leads our Blended and Online Design (BOLD) Fellows program and the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, and she’s the CFT’s liaison to the sciences, nursing, and engineering. Cynthia is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, regularly writing teaching guides for the CFT’s website, publishing studies and literature reviews in discipline-based educational research, and editing for the journal CBE—Life Sciences Education. Her new book builds on and is informed by all of this work, and I’m really proud to share it with our campus and the larger higher education community.