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Assistant Director, CFT
Affiliated Faculty, Department of English

Nancy Chick came to Vanderbilt from one of the smaller campuses of the University of Wisconsin System in January of 2012, a year after being promoted to full professor.  This transition reflects the trajectory of her career to integrate a scholarly focus on pedagogy. Her determination to blend her research and teaching interests began in graduate school, where she was selected as part of the program that resembles Vanderbilt’s Graduate Teaching Fellows.  There, she developed a curiosity about how students learn–or don’t–what she loves about her own discipline (literary studies) and how to make that happen most effectively.

In the early 2000s, as a faculty member, her research shifted from multicultural American literature to literary pedagogy, inclusive and feminist pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  This work led her to co-edit and write the literary studies chapter in Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2008) and Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2012). She has also published her SoTL work in various books and peer-reviewed journals.  She is also the founding co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the new journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).

At the Center for Teaching, she serves as liaison to many A&S departments and programs in the humanities, as well as to the Blair School of Music, the Divinity School, and the Women’s Center. She teaches courses in Vanderbilt’s English Department and its Women’s and Gender Studies Program.


B.A. (1990), summa cum laude in English (American literature), University of New Mexico
M.A. (1992) in English, University of Georgia
Ph.D. (1998) in English (multicultural American and women’s literature), University of Georgia



Google Scholar Citations

  • Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Indiana University Press, 2013+. Founding co-editor with Gary Poole (University of British Columbia).

Book Chapters

Google Scholar Citations

  • “How Do You Listen to Your Students to Help Them Learn About Race?” with lead author Cyndi Kernahan. Big Picture Pedagogy: Finding Interdisciplinary Solutions to Common Learning Problems, eds. David Voelker and Regan Gurung, in process at Indiana University Press, 2015.


Google Scholar Citations

Manuscripts in Process

  • “‘All They Want To Do’: Novice Practices and Misconceptions in Literary Studies” with Holly Hassel and Chuck Rybak.  Under consideration.
  • “Fishbowls and Feminist Pedagogy: ‘Getting Out of the Way’ Across the Disciplines.”  Written for a book that was never published, needs to be revised with new data (from spring 2014 class) and resubmitted elsewhere.

Reference Articles

  • “Toni Morrison.”  Feminist Writers, Ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton.  St. Clair Shores, MI: St. James Press, October 1996.
  • “The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley,” “Judith Ortiz Cofer,” and “Silent Dancing by Judith Ortiz Cofer.”  Issues and Identity in Literature, Ed. Eric Howard.  Pasadena, CA:  Salem Press, November 1997.
  • “Louise Erdrich,” “Toni Morrison,” “‘Recitatif,'” “Judith Ortiz Cofer.” Reader’s Companion to the American Short Story, Ed. Abby H. P. Werlock, 1998.

Blog Posts & Teaching Guides

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Conference Presentations, Workshop Facilitation, & Keynote Addresses

Nancy gives presentations and conduct workshops on a variety of topics, including the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), signature pedagogies, feminist pedagogy, and inclusive pedagogy , as well as more typical faculty development topics. Contact her if you’d like to arrange a visit. Her research background and interests are below:

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Pedagogical Research & Writing

Literary Scholarship

  • signature pedagogies in literary studies
  • literary complexity & ambiguity
  • misconceptions in literary
  • diversity teaching & learning
  • humanities-based SoTL
  • writing SoTL for publication
  • signature pedagogies in the disciplines
  • teaching diversity through literature
  • humanities pedagogies
  • feminist pedagogy
  • mindfulness in higher education
various multicultural women writers

  • Toni Morrison
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Marita Bonner

Signature Pedagogies

  • Keynote addresses for Organizing and then Annual Meetings of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia (BC’s faculty union), Vancouver, British Columbia (Nov 26, 2011; February 25, 2012)
  • Keynote address and three-day workshop at University of Wisconsin System Faculty College (100 faculty from across the state), lead speaker and facilitator with Lendol Calder and Aeron Haynie (May 2011)
  • Plenary panel and book signing for Exploring Signature Pedagogies at 2009 University of Wisconsin System Spring Conference
  • Workshop for faculty at 2008 Lilly West Conference at Cal Poly Pomona
  • Workshop for faculty at 2008 ISSOTL in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada—with book launch and signing of Exploring Signature Pedagogies

Literary Signature Pedagogies and Learning (Various SoTL Projects)

  • Presentation at 2005 ISSOTL Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Presentation at 2006 ISSOTL in Washington, DC
  • Presentation at 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Colloquium in Madison, WI
  • Presentation at 2007 ISSOTL in Sydney, Australia
  • Presentation at 2007 SoTL Commons Conference in Statesboro, GA
  • Presentation at 2007 SoTL at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, St. Olaf/Carleton Colleges in Northfield, MN
  • Presentation at 2008 ISSOTL in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Presentation at 2009 ISSOTL in Bloomington, IL
  • Presentation at 2010 ISSOTL in Liverpool, England

Literature and Diversity Learning (Various SoTL Projects)

  • Presentation at 2009 ISSOTL in Bloomington, IN

Humanities Pedagogies/SoTL

  • Chair of ISSOTL’s Arts & Humanities Interest Group, 2008+.
  • Featured panel at 2009 ISSOTL in Bloomington, IN
  • Presentations at 2012 ISSOTL in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Panel Discussion and Live-Streamed Feature Panel at 2013 ISSOTL in Raleigh, NC
  • “Mapping the Humanities” workshop for Humanities Program’s development of a Minor, Capstone course, and accompanying pedagogies at Sewanee’s University of the South, Nov 2013
  • “Pressing an Ear Against the Hive: A SoTL of the Senses,” opening keynote, MacMaster Symposium on the Arts & Humanities in SoTL, April 2014

Introductions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Past and Future Trends in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, opening keynote at Institute for SoTL, 2013 Symposium on SoTL, Mt. Royal University, Banff, AB, Canada (Nov 7-9, 2013)
  • Discussions of Quality in SoTL, Opening keynote at SoTL Commons Conference, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA, March 26-28, 2014.
  • Workshops for faculty at University of North Georgia (October, 2014), Georgia Gwinnett College (July, 2013), Emory / Oxford College (November, 2012; February, 2013; May, 2014; May, 2015), University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty (August 16, 2011)
  • Keynote address and day-long workshop at faculty conference at Lewis University (May 2008)
  • Workshop focused on gathering and analyzing evidence of student voice in SoTL for University of Wisconsin System faculty, with Renee Meyers (quantitative) and Katina Lazarides (qualitative, with me), in Madison, WI (Feb. 2007, Feb. 2008, Feb. 2010)
  • University of Wisconsin System Summer Teaching Institute, co-designed and facilitated with Jane Ewens (five days every June in Madison, WI: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

SoTL Writing Workshops

  • Targeted program and support for University of Wisconsin-Stout faculty writing group (summer 2012)
  • SoTL Writing Collaborative Institute for the University of Wisconsin System, lead developer and facilitator with Renee Meyers (three days in January, two days in May, one day in Sept 2011; online activities throughout)
  • Workshop for faculty members across the disciplines at University of Wisconsin-Stout (two days in June 2009)

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Courses Taught

American Literature
Multicultural American Literature
Women’s Literature
Introduction to Literary Studies
First-Year Composition
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Gender & Sexuality: Feminist Approaches (Women & Gender Studies Program’s graduate proseminar, certificate requirement)
Gender & Pedagogy (WGS Program graduate certificate requirement)
Women in Popular Culture
Film Studies: Monsters
Film Studies: Comedy

Personal Interests

Yoga, Jogging, Mindfulness
Film, Horror
Crohn’s Disease & Breast Cancer

Teaching Guides

Blog Posts

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