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Publications and Presentations

In addition to our work at Vanderbilt, Center for Teaching staff members contribute to the broader higher education community through publications and presentations. Our scholarly work includes research in our “home” disciplines, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the scholarship of educational development.

Highlights

Since its founding in 1986, the CFT’s contributions to the literature on teaching and learning in higher education has taken many different forms. Below is a list of a few of our contributions. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; instead it is meant to give a sense of the kinds of topics our staff members have explored in past publications.

Adult Learning in the Language Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2015)

This book by CFT assistant director Stacey Johnson explores the intersection of adult learning theory and language teaching practice. In their work, CFT regularly draw on educational theory and research to understand discipline-specific teaching and learning practices, often by gathering and analyzing evidence of those practices, as Johnson does in this volume and her previous work, Hybrid Language Teaching in Practice: Perceptions, Reactions, and Results (Stylus, 2015). More information on Johnson’s scholarship is available here.

Adult Learning in the Language Classroom
Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, (Stylus, 2012)

This volume was co-edited by Nancy Chick and was published while she was an assistant director at the CFT. It’s a follow-up to Nancy’s earlier work, Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2009). Both books feature invited chapters from scholars of teaching and learning on teaching practices that help students understand and develop ways of thinking core to different academic disciplines. Chick’s work on signature pedagogies has been transformative here at Vanderbilt and beyond. Chick now serves as the Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary. See Nancy Chick’s website for more information.

 
What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain (Harvard University Press, 2004)

Founding CFT director Ken Bain has been studying outstanding college teachers for more than two decades. His 2004 book summarizes key findings of his study and relates those findings to cognitive science research. Although Bain’s book was published while he was the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, he began his study right here at Vanderbilt, shortly after founding the CFT. Bain’s book is an example of how the CFT works to blend pedagogical theory with teaching practice.

Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (3rd edition) by Linda Nilson (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

Linda Nilson wrote the first edition of this book, then subtitled “A Research-Based Resource for the Vanderbilt Teaching Community,” while she was the director of the CFT. In the latest edition of her book, Nilson provides practical strategies for a wide variety of teaching modes and contexts, all well-informed by the research literature on teaching and learning. For several years, copies of Nilson’s book were given to new teaching assistants every August at the CFT’s TA Orientation.

Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Acting Learning Environments by Derek Bruff (Jossey-Bass, 2009)

Classroom response systems, or “clickers,” are instructional technologies that enable teachers to rapidly collect and analyze students’ responses to multiple-choice and free-response questions during class. CFT Director Derek Bruff‘s book features example clicker questions and activities from 50 instructors from a wide variety of disciplines and types of institutions. The book grew out of an online resource guide to teaching with clickers that Bruff wrote at the CFT, and is an example of the CFT’s continuing interest in educational technology. For more on Bruff’s work, see his website, Agile Learning.

“Teaching, Learning, and Spirituality in the College Classroom” by Allison Pingree (Essays on Teaching Excellence, 19(6), 2007)

In this 2007 essay, then-CFT director Allison Pingree argues for the importance of incorporating discussions of spirituality, meaning, and purpose in the classroom, and provides practical strategies for doing so. Later, CFT assistant director Kat Baker and others would continue exploring this topic, resulting in the creation of a contemplative pedagogy working group at Vanderbilt.

“Incorporating Undergraduate Research into a 17th-century French Literature Seminar” by Patricia Armstrong (in Reading, Writing, & Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies, edited by Laura Behling, Council on Undergraduate Research, 2007)

Senior CFT staff members regularly teach courses at Vanderbilt and use those courses as opportunities to explore different aspects of teaching and learning. In this 2007 article, CFT assistant director Patricia Armstrong reports on her introduction of undergraduate research in a course she taught on French literature. Armstrong’s article is an example of how instructors can practice a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). See our resource guide on SoTL for more on this topic.

“Publicity 2.0: Creating an Efficient Publicity Machine” by Rhett McDaniel & Derek Bruff (presented at the 2010 POD Network conference)

Not only do CFT staff members explore issues of teaching and learning in a scholarly manner, but they also take the same approach to their own work as educational developers. This national conference presentation by CFT educational technologist Rhett McDaniel and director Derek Bruff is an example of how CFT staff members share their work with their professional community.

Publications

Below is a list of articles, chapters, and books written (or co-written) by CFT staff members while working at the CFT. (Publications written by CFT staff members prior to joining the CFT are not reflected in this list, although in many cases that prior work continues to inform the work of the CFT.)

Publications In Process

  • Anusha Rao, Cynthia J. Brame, and Bennett Landman. Improving Conceptual Understanding of Signals and Systems in Undergraduate Engineering Students Using Collaborative In-Class Laboratory Exercises. Accepted, American Association of Engineering Education.
  • Chick, Nancy L, Nisselson, Rachel, Claiborne, Lily, Edmonds, Jeff, Yant, Catesby, & Hearn, Andrea.  ““Clues in Academe”: A Cross-Disciplinary Lesson Study.” Under consideration.
  • Chick, Nancy L, Hassel, Holly, & Rybak, Chuck. “‘All They Want To Do’: Novice Practices and Misconceptions in Literary Studies.” Lead author with Holly Hassel and Chuck Rybak. In progress.
  • Chick, Nancy L, & Brame, Cynthia.  “SoTL Programs for Graduate Students: Characteristics & Impact.” Under consideration.
  • Kernahan, Cyndi, & Chick, Nancy L. (2015). “How Do You Listen to Your Students to Help Them Learn About Race?” Big Picture Pedagogy: Finding Interdisciplinary Solutions to Common Learning Problems, eds. David Voelker and Regan Gurung.

2016 Publications

2014 Publications

2013 Publications

  • Bandy, J. (2014). “Environmental Justice and Environmental Health in Nashville.” Chapter in Shaping Healthy Communities: Nashville. Nashville: Nashville Civic Design Center and Vanderbilt University Press.  by Christine Kreyling.
  • Chiang, H., Robinson, L. C., Brame, C. J., & Messina, T. C. (2013). Molecular Mechanics and Dynamics Characterization of an In-Silico Mutated Protein: A Stand-Alone Lab Module or Support Activity for in Vivo and In Vitro Analysis of Targeted Proteins. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 41: 402-408.

2012 Publications

  • Chick, Nancy L. (2012). Co-editor, with Aeron Haynie and Regan Gurung. Exploring more signature pedagogies: Approaches to teaching disciplinary habits of mind. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2012.
  • Chick, Nancy L. (2012).  With Aeron Haynie and Regan Gurung. Signature pedagogies in the liberal arts and beyond. In Chick, Haynie, & Gurung (Eds.) Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2012. 1-11.
  • Cox, M. D. (2012). The impact of communities of practice in support of early-career academics. International Journal for Academic Development.
  • Cox, M. D. (2012). Foreword. In S. Sipple & R. Lightner (Eds.), Faculty learning communities in two-year colleges: Sustaining teachers and scholars. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Cox, M. D. (2012). Foreword: The Big One. In P. G. Beidler, Risk teaching: Reflections from inside and outside the classroom. Seattle, WA: Coffeetown Press.
  • Cox, M. D., Richlin, R. & Wentzell, G. W. (2011). Similarities and divergences in student and faculty learning communities: A message from the editors. Learning Communities Journal, (3), 1-2.
  • Wright, M., Niemer, R., Bruff, D., & Walle, K. (2012). Tweeting #PODHBCU: Content and process of the 2011 POD HBCUFDN conference Twitter backchannel. To Improve the Academy, 31, 311-327.

2011 Publications

  • Bandy, J. (2011). Sociologists in Action: Joe Bandy & Elspeth Benard. In K. O. Korgan, J. M. White, & S. K. White (Eds.), Sociologists in Action. (pp. 193-7). SAGE Publications.
  • Bandy, J. & McEwen, C. (2011). Housing and Homelessness in Maine: A Case of Public Sociology in Practice. In K. O. Korgan, J. M. White, & S. K. White (Eds.), Sociologists in Action. (pp. 128-34). SAGE Publications.
  • Bruff. D. (2011). Engaging Statistics Students with Classroom Response Systems. In Cline, K., & Zullo, H. (Eds.), Teaching Mathematics with Classroom Voting: With and Without Clickers. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.
  • Bruff, D. (2011). A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network. Chronicle of Higher Education, November 6, 2011.

2010 Publications

2009 Publications

  • Bandy, J. (2009). Paradoxes of a Transnational Civil Society in a Neoliberal World: The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras. In Ayres, J. & Macdonald, L. (Eds.) Contentious Politics in North America: National Protest and Transnational Collaboration under Continental Integration. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (reprint)
  • Bruff, D. (2009) Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

2008 Publications

2007 Publications

  • Armstrong, P. (2007). Incorporating Undergraduate Research into a 17th-century French Literature Seminar. In L. L. Behling (Ed.), Reading, Writing, & Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies. Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • Bruff, D. (2007). Clickers: A classroom innovation. National Education Association Advocate, 25(1), 5-8.
  • Bruff, D. (2007). Valuing and evaluating teaching in the mathematics faculty hiring process. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 54(10), 1308-1315.
  • Bruff, D. (2007). A TA orientation plenary session on university policies and resources for teaching. In Ross, C., & Dunphy, J. (Eds.), Strategies for teaching assistant and international teaching assistant development: Beyond microteaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Felten, P., Kalish, A., Pingree, A., & Plank, K. (2007). Toward a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Development. To Improve the Academy, 25, 93-108.
  • Pingree, A. (2007). Teaching, Learning, and Spirituality in the College Classroom. Essays on Teaching Excellence, 19(6).

2006 Publications

  • Armstrong, P., Felten, P., Johnston, J., & Pingree, A. (2006) Practicing What We Preach: Transforming the TA Orientation. To Improve the Academy, 24, 231-246.
  • Bandy, J. & Mendez, J. B. (2006). A Place of Their Own? Women Organizers Negotiating the Local and Transnational in Nicaragua and Northern Mexico. In Johnston, H. & Almieda, P. (Eds.),  Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization, and Transnational Networks. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

Presentations

Below is a list of  conference presentations by CFT staff members while working at the CFT. (Presentations given by CFT staff members prior to joining the CFT are not reflected in this list, although in many cases that prior work continues to inform the work of the CFT.)

2014 Presentations

  • Brame, CJ. (2014, March). Expanding the circle: How do we prepare faculty, graduate students, and post-docs to teach CUREs? Presented at the CUREnet meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY.
  • Chick, Nancy L. (2014, June). “Breaking the Mould: Towards Arts & Humanities Shaped SoTL.” International Consortium of Educational Development/ICED. Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 Presentations

  • Bandy, J., Teresa Goddu and David Hess. (2013, October). “Teaching Sustainability & Fostering Change at Vanderbilt University.” Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Annual Meetings. Nashville.
  • Bandy, J. (2013, August).“Teaching Climate Change.” American Sociological Association Annual Meetings. New York.
  • Bandy, J. (2013, January) Institute on International Education Conference and Training Workshop: Modern Teaching Methodology. Erbil, Iraq. Presentation topics included Best Practices of Student Engagement, Course Design, Community-based Learning, Educational Technology, Case-based Teaching, and Assessing Student Learning.
  • Brame, CB, and Chick, NC. (2013, October) “SoTL Programs for Graduate Students: Characteristics and Impact.” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) 13.Raleigh, NC.
  • Motley, Phillip, Chick, Nancy L, Bloch-Schulman, Stephen, & Currier, Deb. (2013, Oct). “SoTL in the Humanities and the Arts: Common Ground and Relevant Differences.” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Raleigh, NC.
  • Chick, Nancy L, Brame, Cynthia, Wilsman, Adam, & Hasselwander, Chris. (2013, Oct). “SoTL programs for graduate students: characteristics and impact.” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Raleigh, NC.
  • Bruff, D., & McDaniel, R. (2013, November). How do you web? Undergraduate focus groups for informing pedagogy. Presented at the Professional & Organizational (POD) Network conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

2012 Presentations

  • Bandy, J. (2012, October).“Targeting Junior Faculty: Responsive and Effective Strategies for Teaching Centers.” Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference. Seattle. with Kathy Takayama (Brown U.) and Cheelan Bo-Linn (U. of Illinois)
  • Bandy, J. (2012, October).“Empowering Community by Assessing and Developing Service Learning Partnerships.”  Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference. Seattle.
  • Bandy, J. (2012, April). Environmental Justice in Nashville. Presented at Tennessee State University Earth Day Symposium. Nashville.
  • Bandy, J. (2012, February).”Service Learning as a Social Movement in Academe.” Social Movement Conference. Department of Sociology. Vanderbilt University.
  • Austin, A., Border, L., Bruff, D., Connolly, M., Gillian-Daniels, D., Greenler, R., Ouellett, M., & Sorcenelli, M. (2012, October). CIRTL: A multi-institutional network’s approach to preparing future scholars. Presented at the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Bruff, D. (2012, October). Social pedagogies: Motivating students through social media and authentic audiences. Presented at the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Bruff, D., Brophy, J., Collier, A., Connelly, M., Julius, J., Niemer, R., Russell, J. (2012, October). From the conference to the campus: Educational development through the lens of crowdsourcing. Presented at the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Bruff, D. (2012, September). Teaching with visual engagement techniques. Presented at the Visual Learning Conference at Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

2011 Presentations

2010 Presentations

2009 Presentations

  • Baker, K., & Pingree, A. (2009, October). Contemplative Pedagogy: Fostering Attention for a New Generation. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Bruff, D., Cline, K., Parker, M., & Zullo, H. (2009, January). Teaching with clickers and classroom voting. Minicourse presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC. [Slides Day One] [Slides Day Two]
  • Bruff, D. (2009, January). Making the most of pre-class reading assignments in statistics. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, February). Lessons from teaching with clickers: Using mobile devices as part of classroom response systems.  Presented the ConnectEd Summit, Abilene, TX.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, March). Classrooms reconsidered: Understanding and engaging students with clickers. Keynote Presentation at the Turning Technologies User Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, March). Using clickers to teach statistics. Presented at the Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, September). Classrooms reconsidered: Understanding and engaging students with clickers. Keynote Presentation at the University of Iowa Clicker User Conference, Iowa City, IA.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, October). Classrooms reconsidered: Understanding and engaging students with clickers. Keynote Presentation at the Turning Technologies National Users Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Bruff, D. (2009, October). Clicker pedagogies: Supporting faculty use of classroom response systems. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • McDaniel, R., Newbrough, R., & Weissinger, P. (2009, June). Power Up Your Pedagogy: Teaching Tech Savvy Millennials. Presented at The Teaching Professor Conference, Washington, DC.

2008 Presentations

  • Bruff, D., Cline, K., Leingang, M., Parker, M., & Zullo, H. (2008, January) Teaching with clickers. Minicourse presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), San Diego, CA.
  • Bruff, D. (2008, May). Connecting in- and out-of-class learning experience through pre-class reading quizzes in statistics. Presented at the 7th London Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference, London.
  • Bruff, D. (2008, June). Valuing and evaluating teaching in the mathematics faculty hiring process. Poster presented at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Forum, Madison, WI.
  • Bruff, D. (2008, November). A taxonomy of clicker questions and activities: Reflecting on current and future uses of classroom response systems. Presented at the Inaugural Conference on Classroom Response Systems, Louisville, KY.
  • Breivik, P., Kelly, L., Pingree, A., Whitlatch, J. B., & Wolff, R. (2008, July). Assessment and Accreditation as Tools for Library Management and Public Relations. Panel at the Summer Institute for Academic Library Leadership, Nashville, TN.

2007 Presentations

  • Armstrong, P., & Rohdieck, S. (2007, October). Training Graduate Students to be Effective Peer TA Developers. Presented at the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Armstrong, P. (2007, December). Introducing Undergraduate Research into a 17th-century French Literature Seminar. Presented at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Bandy, J. (2007, September). Getting Tenure or Promotion with a Community-Engaged Portfolio. Presented at the Maine Campus Compact & the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, “The Engagement Imperative: Strengthening Universities and Communities through Engagement.” Hermon, ME.
  • Bruff, D. (2007, January). Valuing and evaluating teaching in the mathematics faculty hiring process. Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), New Orleans, LA.
  • Bruff, D. (2007, January). What are students likely to learn by reading their textbooks before class? Presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), New Orleans, LA.
  • Bruff, D. (2007, March). Supporting faculty use of classroom response systems. Presented at the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium (SRFIDC) Conference, Chattanooga, TN. [Slides]
  • Bruff, D. (2007, June). Pre-class reading assignments in mathematics. Presented at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Institute, Chicago, IL.
  • Bruff, D., Gillian-Daniel, D., Robinson, J., & Wulff, D. (2007, October). Supporting graduate student scholarship of teaching and learning. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Johnston, J., Manduca, C., Nuhfer, E., & Rhem, J. (2007, October). Motivations and Attitudes: The Affective Domain in Teaching and Learning. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lee, V., Pingree, A., & Robertson, D. (2007, October).  Uncovering the Heart in Higher Education: Implications for Educational Development. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

2006 Presentations

  • Armstrong, P., & Brown, M. (2006, October). Enhancing Student Information Literacy through Library and Faculty Development Partnerships. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Armstrong, P., Bruff, D., Johnston, J., & Pingree, A. (2006, October). Integrating SoTL into a Teaching Certificate Program. Poster presented at the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Bandy, J. (2006, October). World Poverty. Presented at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Waterville, ME.
  • Bandy, J. (2006, December). In Search of the Common Good: Student/Faculty Partnerships with Anti-Poverty Agencies in Mid-Coast Maine. Friends of Bowdoin College, Faculty Lunchtime Lecture, Brunswick, ME.
  • Bruff, D. (2006, October). Supporting Faculty Use of Classroom Response Systems. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  • von Hoene, L., Bo-Linn, C., Border, L., Johnston, K., Ronkowski, S., Pingree, A., & Stanton, K. (2006, October). Differences in Common: Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Programs. Presented at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Annual Conference, Portland, OR.