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CIRTL Network Development Opportunities

Feb. 5, 2014—The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. CIRTL...

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CFT Thanks JFTF Alumni for Hosting Teaching Visits in January

Feb. 5, 2014—The CFT thanks the following faculty members, who are alumni of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, for hosting teaching visits this fall by graduate student and post-doc participants in the CFT’s Certificate in College Teaching program.

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Will Grissom

Nov. 8, 2013—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Will Grissom, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests: My group is currently focused on technical developments for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound and ultra-high field MRI. Ultra-high field strength MRI scanners, such...

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Save the Date: A Celebration of Learning on April 21, 2014

Nov. 6, 2013—The final event in the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching’s “Students as Producers” theme year will be a Celebration of Learning on April 21, 2014, in Alumni Hall.  The event, held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the last day of spring classes, will feature students and the products of their learning experiences in courses at...

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CFT Offers New Guide: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Oct. 14, 2013—The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL, pronounced “sō-tul” in the US) is a synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education that aims to bring a scholarly lens—the curiosity, the inquiry, the rigor, the disciplinary variety—to what happens in the classroom (brick-and-mortar, virtual, co-curricular, et al.).   SoTL involves asking meaningful questions about student...

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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Bryan Lowe

Oct. 11, 2013—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Bryan D. Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests: My research and teaching address issues related to the religious traditions of Japan and theoretical and methodological problems in the study of religion more...

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CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2013 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Aug. 19, 2013— This year’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows are, left to right, Markus Eberl (Anthropology), Max Goldman (Classics), Will Grissom (Biomedical Engineering), Chase Lesane-Brown (Psychology and Human Development), Bryan Lowe (Religious Studies), Gavin Price (Psychology and Human Development), Brian Widmar (Nursing), and Courtney Young (Nursing). Research by Robert Boice (Advice for New Faculty, 2000) and others...

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From the Stacks…

Aug. 17, 2013—Teaching at its Best by Linda Nilson, former director of the Center for Teaching This expanded and updated edition of the best-selling handbook is an essential toolbox, full of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, classroom activities and exercises, for the new or experienced college instructor. This new edition includes updated information on the Millennial student,...

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CFT Staff Can Help You Prepare for Fall Teaching

Aug. 16, 2013— Faculty and graduate student instructors preparing for fall courses are encouraged to take advantage of the CFT’s consultation services.  Consultants are available to help you clarify the goals you have for your students’ learning and find ways to align your syllabus, assignments, and lesson plans with those goals.  We’re also glad to help you...

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Welcome to New Program Coordinator

Aug. 15, 2013—The Center for Teaching extends a warm welcome to our new program coordinator, Tracy Tveit.  Tracy comes to us from Vanderbilt’s Department of Cancer Biology, where she was the graduate program education coordinator.  At the CFT, Tracy will work with our senior staff to coordinate events and programs for graduate students and faculty, including orientations, workshops,...

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