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Teaching in Response to the Election

by Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Before and certainly after Tuesday’s election, there has been much discussion in higher education about the incivilities and conflicts of this electoral season, and the potential impacts they are having on our students, particularly those students who are least represented on our campuses and most vulnerable to trauma.  Many…

Posted on November 10, 2016 in Resource, , ,


Leading Lines Episode 7: Video Games, History, and Students as Producers

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Vanderbilt’s Lynn Ramey, associate professor of French. Lynn is the author of multiple books and essays, including most recently Black Legacies: ‘Race’ and the European Middle Ages.  Lynn is currently engaged in several ambitious digital projects exploring the use…

Posted on November 7, 2016 in News, Podcast


Consultations for University Courses and TIPs Proposals

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The Office of the Provost has issued a call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses for 2017-2018. TIPs pre-proposals are due November 28th, and University Course proposals are due December 12th. If you’re a faculty member thinking about a submission to either program, feel free to reach out…

Posted on November 1, 2016 in News, ,


Leading Lines Episode 5: Digital Textbooks and Language Instruction

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director In our latest Leading Lines episode, we feature an interview with Lee Forester, Professor of German at Hope College, and Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. The CFT’s Stacey M. Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, sat down with Forester and VanPatten at…

Posted on October 3, 2016 in News, Podcast, , , ,


Leading Lines Episode 4: Jeff Rice, University of Kentucky

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Our latest episode of Leading Lines is out today. In this episode, we feature an interview with Jeff Rice, inaugural chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies (WRD) at the University of Kentucky.  Rice also holds the Martha B. Reynolds Chair in Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies,…

Posted on September 19, 2016 in News, Podcast,


Evidence-Based STEM Teaching: Free Online Courses Launch September 19th

The Center for Teaching, in collaboration with colleagues from several other universities, is offering two free online courses on evidence-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching this fall. Both courses launch on Monday, September 19th, with course materials available in preview mode on September 15th. If you are a current or future STEM faculty…

Posted on September 1, 2016 in News, ,


New and Continuing Learning Communities at the CFT

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director The CFT hosts a number of learning communities, intended for members of Vanderbilt’s teaching community interested in meeting over time to develop deeper understandings and richer practices around particular teaching and learning topics.  This year’s learning communities are: Teaching and Social Class – The CFT continues its attention to issues…

Posted on August 16, 2016 in News, , , , ,


Call for Proposals: Senior Faculty Fellows at the CFT

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to announce a new opportunity for faculty at the Center for Teaching.  This fall we’re launching a Senior Faculty Fellows program, designed to support faculty as they help build a strong teaching culture here at Vanderbilt.  If you’re interested in working with colleagues and with the CFT to…

Posted on August 15, 2016 in News


Leading Lines Episode 2: Corbette Doyle, Vanderbilt University

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m excited to share the second episode of our new educational technology podcast, Leading Lines. When my colleagues and I started brainstorming ideas for a new educational technology podcast, we knew we wanted to include Vanderbilt instructors who use technology in innovative ways.  We talk to colleagues regularly who impress…

Posted on August 15, 2016 in News, Podcast,


Leading Lines: A New Podcast on Educational Technology in Higher Education

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m very happy to announce the launch of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology produced here at Vanderbilt University.  Our first episode features an interview with George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who provides…

Posted on August 1, 2016 in News, ,