The Center for Teaching 2021-2022 Year in Review
by Derek Bruff, executive director
I’m pleased to share the release of the Center for Teaching’s 2021-2022 Year in Review. This ten-page document gives a sense of the work my CFT colleagues and I did between July 2021 and June 2022 to support the teaching mission of Vanderbilt University.
In responding to new patterns in teaching, learning, and working at the university this year, the Center for Teaching recalibrated its programs, services, and other offerings to meet the current needs of the campus teaching community. For instance, after a year’s hiatus, our long-running Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows welcomed a new cohort of fellows this year, the CFT began managing and supporting two Provost-funded teaching grant programs, and we enhanced our support for instructional technologies in response to continued demand.
We also celebrated the CFT’s 35th anniversary this year with a special panel open to the higher education community and a virtual union of staff and graduate student alumni. Reflecting on these events, I was reminded that teaching centers like ours can become centers for resiliency in the face of teaching and learning challenges, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and that we can help our teaching communities grapple with the grand challenges they face in the future.