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Application Deadline:  Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017.

Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several types of positions available for graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Graduate Teaching Fellows – GTFs lead sections of the Certificate in College Teaching program; consult with graduate students about their teaching; facilitate workshops for graduate students at TA Orientation and throughout the year; and assist CFT senior staff with various ongoing and short-term projects, including the creation of online resources for the Vanderbilt teaching community. The GTF position is a 12-month position carrying a $26,000 stipend and graduate student health insurance. Learn more about the GTF Program.

Teaching Affiliates – The primary responsibility for Teaching Affiliates is to lead a cohort of incoming TAs through a day-long workshop at August’s TA Orientation. These workshops familiarize new TAs with the challenges and opportunities of working at TAs at Vanderbilt and help prepare TAs for the first few weeks of class. Cohorts are divided by discipline, and so the CFT seeks Teaching Affiliates from a wide variety of disciplines on campus. The Teaching Affiliate position is an 80-hour position, with most of those hours occurring in August 2015, carrying a $1,000 stipend.  See below for more information.

CiCT Program Facilitator – The CiCT Program facilitator will, alongside the Graduate Teaching Fellows, lead a section of the CiCT program.  The facilitator will read and prepare lesson plans, lead class sessions, and attend weekly meetings with the GTFs.  When the CiCT program is in session (6-8 weeks per semester), the approximate workload will be between 5-10 hrs/week.  The CiCT Program Facilitator position carries a $3,000 total stipend.  See below for more information.

Questions?
Contact CFT administrative assistant Juliet Traub by e-mail or by phone at 2-7290.

Why apply for a position at the Center for Teaching?

  • The positions provide a great opportunity for professional development around teaching and mentoring.
  • Training associated with the positions extends and deepens exposure to research-supported teaching practices introduced in the Certificate in College Teaching and other CfT programs.
  • The CfT provides a supportive, collegial work environment.
  • Positions provide stipends and formal affiliation that can be incorporated into a c.v.

Testimonials from graduate students who have worked at the Center for Teaching:

Christian Ehret

“In deep discussion, collaboration, and teaching practice with colleagues and mentors at the CFT, I grew as a teacher to become better equipped to tackle the social, political, and intellectual challenges of contemporary university teaching. These personal and professional experiences instilled a desire that remains with me today: to develop further as a scholar not only in my field, but also as teacher in my field.”

Christian Ehret, Former Graduate Teaching Fellow
Assistant Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University
 

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“Having the opportunity to focus on and talk about teaching and best practices and become familiar with research and the literature on the scholarship of teaching and learning is an invaluable experience for any future educator.”

 

Lily Claiborne, Former Graduate Teaching Fellow
Senior Lecturer, Earth & Environmental Science Vanderbilt University

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“I would strongly recommend the experience to graduate students in all fields because it will definitely develop marketable new skills, and it may open up new thinking about what kind of positions to seek.”


Laura Patterson, former Teaching Fellow
Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Writing Programs, Seton Hill


Position Descriptions

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Each year we hire several Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs) as part of the CFT’s efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt and those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The GTF Program is a valuable professional development experience for graduate students interested in a career that involves teaching and/or faculty development.

Our GTFs lead the sections of the our Certificate in College Teaching program; consult with graduate students; design and facilitate workshops for graduate students at TA Orientation and during the semester; and assist the CFT senior staff in various ongoing and short-term projects, including the creation of various online resources for the Vanderbilt teaching community.

Additionally, one GTF leads the seminar and practicum for the Mellon Certificate in Humanities Education program. Graduate student and post-doc participants in this program explore and develop teaching skills with special emphases on teaching in the humanities.

More information about the Graduate Teaching Fellow Program can be found here.

Preferred Skills, Experiences, and Attributes:

  • An understanding of the CFT’s mission
  • Experience with CFT programs and services
  • Extensive classroom or lab teaching experience as a TA or instructor of record at Vanderbilt (or elsewhere), with evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • A well-developed, reflective teaching philosophy
  • Passion for teaching and graduate student development
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience planning events or programs
  • Mentoring or consulting experience (formal or informal)
  • Involvement in campus organizations (e.g. Graduate Student Council, department-based organizations)
  • Flexibility, imagination, energy

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and present workshops for TA Orientation (TAO), the Teaching Workshop series, as well as in response to special requests from departments
  • Conduct small-group analyses in TA sections and labs
  • Observe sections and labs of TAs (live or via video recordings)
  • Consult with TAs on their teaching
  • Assist with new and ongoing Center for Teaching projects and programs

Time Commitment:

  • Average 20 hours per week from July 2017 to June 2018.
  • July: Orientation, training.
  • August: Intensive training and preparation for TA Orientation.
  • Mid-August: TA Orientation.
  • Time off for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.

Compensation:

  • $26,000 ($2,166/month), paid monthly July-June*
  • Graduate student health insurance (if needed)

*this is NOT a service-free stipend, nor does it cover tuition.

Teaching Affiliate

The primary responsibility for Teaching Affiliates is to lead a cohort of incoming TAs through a day-long workshop at August’s TA Orientation. These workshops familiarize new TAs with the challenges and opportunities of working at TAs at Vanderbilt and help prepare TAs for the first few weeks of class. These cohorts are divided by discipline, although they may include TAs from multiple departments or programs. Ideally, Teaching Affiliates are assigned to the cohort which contains their department, but sometimes Affiliates work within their discipline outside their department.

Additionally, Affiliates organize a small event or workshop later in the year that addresses the needs of TAs on campus, in their department or across campus. For example, in previous years Teaching Affiliates have held a “coffee hour” for TAs to discuss their teaching experiences, led a workshop at GradSTEP, or developed materials for the Center for Teaching website.

The Affiliate position is a great opportunity for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in attending training sessions on teaching and getting some experience facilitating workshops, but who can only make a minimal commitment during the academic year.

Given the disciplines represented at TA Orientation, the CFT seeks Teaching Affiliate applicants from all disciplines. Applicants from the sciences and engineering are especially encouraged to apply.

Preferred Skills, Experiences, and Attributes:

  • An understanding of the CFT’s mission
  • Experience with CFT programs and services
  • Some classroom or lab teaching experience as a TA or instructor of record at Vanderbilt (or elsewhere), with evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Passion for teaching, graduate student development, and the humanities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility, imagination, energy

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and present workshops as part of TA Orientation (TAO) in August
  • Design and implement a small project in the fall semester that will have a positive impact on graduate student teaching at Vanderbilt

Time Commitment:

Approximately 70 hours, most of them in August 2017. Half of the hours will be in-person and the rest will be online.

  • August: Intensive training and preparation for TA Orientation.
  • Mid-August: TA Orientation.
  • Late August: Debriefing activities and compiling materials from TA Orientation
  • Approximately 5-10 hours in Fall 2017 designing and implementing the Teaching Affiliate’s fall project.

Compensation:

  • $1,000 paid at the end of August

CiCT Program Facilitator

The CiCT Program focuses on the research on learning and best teaching practices, and supports the university’s pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. The certificate is ideal for graduate students whose goals are to become more effective educators and who want to prepare for future careers in higher education teaching.  We are looking for graduate students with teaching experience, who are interested in extending their professional development around teaching and want to support that development in their peers.

Prerequisites:

  • Have completed the CiCT Program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitating two semester-long sections of the CiCT program, one beginning in August and another beginning in January.

Time Commitment:

  • Summer 2017 – 5 hours training in July, responding to emails throughout the summer
  • Fall 2017 – Reading materials, lesson planning, facilitating sessions over 6-8 weeks, attending weekly CiCT planning meetings (5-10 hours per week while CiCT is in session).
  • Spring 2018 – Reading materials, lesson planning, facilitating sessions over 6-8 weeks, attending weekly CiCT planning meetings (5-10 hours per week while CiCT is in session).

Compensation:

  • $1,500 paid at the end of August 2017
  • $1,500 paid at the end of January 2018

 

Application Process

All materials must be submitted online using the form below with the exception of the letter of recommendation (see #5 below).

  1. Application Letter
    • Indicate the position(s) for which you are applying. (You may apply for multiple positions using the same application.)
    • Discuss the qualifications, experiences, perspectives, and/or workshop ideas you would bring to the position(s) that would enrich the mission and services of the Center. Please include any interest and/or expertise you have in facilitating workshops, managing projects, working collaboratively on projects, or (for GTF applicants) consulting with peers or students. For our mission statement and more information about CFT services, please consult this web site further.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. TA / Teaching Experience: List all courses you have taught or served as a TA for at Vanderbilt or elsewhere, including your duties for each.
  4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness: You can submit up to three documents showing your effectiveness as a teacher, e.g. teaching statement, sample syllabi, copies of teaching evaluations, sample assignments, and so on.
  5. Letter of Recommendation: This letter should be from a faculty member in your department addressing the qualifications listed for the position(s) to which you are applying. This letter should be sent via email to CFT administrative assistant Juliet Traub.

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You are also required to send a Letter of Recommendation. This letter should be from a faculty member in your department addressing the qualifications listed for the position(s) to which you are applying. This letter should be sent via email to CFT administrative assistant Juliet Traub.

Strong candidates will be contacted in early March to schedule an interview that will include a 5-7 minute teaching demonstration by the applicant. Appointments will be announced in April. We expect to hire four GTFs, ten Teaching Affiliates, and one CiCT Program Facilitator. These numbers may be subject to change.

Please contact Juliet Traub for more information.